OUR internships

The Land Conservancy is a great place to learn.

The Land Conservancy occasionally offers volunteer internships. Typical internships may fall in the following areas:  legal, marketing and fundraising, stewardship, conservation planning and public funding. If you are interested in pursuing a volunteer internship with us, please send your resume with a cover letter to info@wrlandconservancy.org  or to the address accompanying the listing.


Here are our current internship opportunities:


Legal intern

Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to preserving the natural resources of northern Ohio, seeks a legal intern to assist with legal research, drafting of legal documents and correspondence, and other tasks related to real estate law, corporations law and tax law.  The qualified candidate will have completed at least one year of law school and will have a demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission. The ideal candidate will also have completed coursework in real estate, corporate, tax, land use, estate planning and/or non-profit organizational law. This person must have strong interpersonal, presentation, and persuasion skills, and an ability to be a team player, working effectively across multiple teams.  This person must demonstrate a “solutions-oriented” mindset, with an ability to organize, analyze and communicate information that can be used to make effective business decisions.  The internship will be located at the Land Conservancy headquarters in Moreland Hills, Ohio. The start date and the length of the internship is negotiable, but must be a minimum of eight weeks.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Diane Madison, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, 3850 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills, OH 44022 or electronically at dmadison@wrlandconservancy.org.


Thriving Communities Institute intern

We are looking for an intern to assist Thriving Communities Institute staff to implement two different grant programs: a watershed grant program & tree grant program. Primary responsibilities will include reviewing grant applications, assisting in evaluating the merits of the projects and preparing for implementation targeted for the fall. The student will be involved in the planning process to identify suitable planting locations for trees and assist with planning tree planting, maintenance, outreach and education events. This will include involvement with a volunteer street tree inventory project and development of materials to educate and inform residents on the benefits of trees. The internship will provide students interested in urban forestry and natural resources valuable field and professional office experience and will be exposed to working with a variety of program partners.


-- Undergraduate or Graduate Urban Forestry or Natural Resources candidate

-- High academic achievement

-- Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills

-- Effective time management, quality control and leadership skills GIS familiarity preferred

-- Comfortable working in diverse socio-economic conditions

-- Ability to research and analyze data from multiple sources to create an internal database of functional information

-- General knowledge of tree identification (eastern US), tree care, trimming, planting, maintenance, soil sampling, preparation of plant specimens preferred but not required

-- Must have a laptop computer

When:  Summer 2015 (May–August), exact dates flexible, approximately 10 weeks

Department: Thriving Communities Institute

Location: Thriving Communities Institute, Cleveland (Ohio City)