The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, located on the northern edge of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest a few miles west of Ashland, works to connect people of all ages to the area’s resources through engaging activities. The center grounds include Fish Creek frontage, a wetland, an interpretive boardwalk trail that winds along a black ash swamp, sedge meadow and mature cedar and tamarack swamp.

The intern will be involved in collaborative outreach efforts with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wisconsin Historical Society at the NGLVC. This successful candidate will gain experience in community outreach, public speaking, interpretive program and project development. The student will be expected to:

  • Develop outreach materials to support the center’s mission and educate the public about important subjects
  • Plan and lead a variety of programs engaging the public including at home composting, monarchs and pollinator friendly gardens, and cultural and regional history.
  • Utilize research and interview experts in developing programming and materials.
  • Be familiar with equipment and procedures throughout the NGLVC to be able to assist with other operations.
  • Highlight high profile projects in agroforestry, ethno-botany, landscape restoration and pollinators.
  • Complete “Boots on the Ground” projects such as trail maintenance, garden upkeep and restoration, planting or maintaining agroforestry, ethno-botany or other public demonstrations, preferably through public engagement in service learning.

Dates of employment: June 4-August 3 (exact dates are flexible). The position may be renewed at part time in the fall.

Hours: 40 hours/week, five days per week, some weekend days, flexible schedule, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with some evenings

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Applicants should have completed at least one year of college by the summer. Candidates should demonstrate a desire to teach and learn about the natural world, and conservation programs. The applicant should be energetic and self-directed, be able to work as part of a team, and possess strong oral and written communication skills. The applicant should be capable of acting as an ambassador for the NGLVC and Northland College. Students from a variety of academic disciplines, such as writing, outdoor education, environmental education, natural resources, biology, and nature and humanity studies are all encouraged to apply. Ability to complete projects independently is a must. You will report directly to the NGLVC Director Teresa Maday.

This position is a Northland College Work Study Cost Share. Eligibility includes:

  • Returning student for 2019-20 year
  • File FAFSA for 2019-20 school year and be packaged for financial aid
  • Register for 3 credit internship

Organization Details

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 29270 County Highway G Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 Website

Number of Position Openings: 3

How to Apply

Send a current resume and cover letter that describes your professional goals, what you would hope to gain from this internship, and what expertise you would bring. Include the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least two references (one professional and one academic). Return application materials by to Teresa Maday.

Application Deadline: April 2, 2019


Teresa Maday