Internships Available


The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge sponsors internships throughout the year in Biology, Visitor Services, Vegetation Management, and Prescribed Fire. Internships are available to any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license.

The internship will generally run 9 – 12 weeks, with interns needed from March through December. Timing of internship is flexible, with positions available spring, summer, and fall. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 – $4800 to cover expenses. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing may be available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Non-students are eligible to apply.


Friends of Neal Smith Biology InternshipsBIOLOGY INTERNSHIP

Do you have a passion for prairie? Opportunities are available to gain experience and contribute to one of the world’s premier tallgrass prairie reconstruction sites! The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are sponsoring several Biology internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge


Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | Visitor Services / Education InternshipSPRING AND SUMMER VISITOR SERVICES/ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

Interns will assist staff in a diversity of projects including, but not limited to: environmental education, curriculum development, interpretive program development and presentation, interpretive poster design, maintaining and staffing the Visitor Center, planning and facilitating special events, and limited trail maintenance.

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | Vegetation Management InternshipsVEGETATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

Refuge Vegetation Management Interns will be an important part of the prairie and savanna restoration work. Duties will include locating, mapping, monitoring and controlling weedy and/or invasive species.



NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION INTERNFriends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge | SHIP

The Native Plant Propagation intern will be a crucial part of the People for Pollinators program. Duties are centered on propagating plants in a greenhouse including sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, caring for greenhouse plants, and maintaining records of greenhouse plants. Other duties may include seed collection, seed cleaning, packaging and storing seed, developing outreach materials related to prairie plants and pollinators, and other tasks.



P.O. Box 399
9981 Pacific St.
Prairie City, IA 50228
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The refuge roads and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Prairie Learning and Visitor Center is open year-round.
Regular Hours:
Sunday-Saturday from 9am-4pm

Winter hours:
December 1-February 28
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm; closed Sunday.

We are open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day; we are closed on all other Federal holidays.