***Thank you for your interest in the CLIP program. The 2022 application period is now closed.***
Join TLC in an amazing hands-on learning experience designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the field of conservation as a professional.
Who is TLC?: We are a nonprofit organization that focuses on preserving and restoring privately owned land in McHenry County Illinois. TLC also maintains a number of preserves which are open to the public and provides free/affordable educational programming for the greater McHenry area (and beyond!).
- Kim Elsenbroek: Land Conservation Specialist with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
- Megan Oropeza: Restoration Ecologist with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
The Conservation Leader Internship Program (CLIP) is a paid summer internship that will provide underserved communities such as women and BIPOC students/youth with hand-on professional training in the field of conservation. Participants will gain experience areas such as: Plant identification, Land management, GIS/GPS training, Prescribed fire training, Herbicide use, Rare plant monitoring, Wildlife/Stream surveys, Sustainable farming techniques, Land preservation techniques, Field safety, Scientific research/Experimental design, Art in the natural world, Career development and Professional networking. Collectively, these skills will give each participant a strong understanding of the field of conservation and serve as a springboard for a professional career in the field of conservation.
Eligibility: High School Senior or Freshman/Sophomore in college. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in a college program. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.
Requirements: Applicants must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions and on adverse terrain.
Transportation to TLC Headquarters (4622 Dean St. Woodstock IL) is required. Housing is preferred (*TLC may have limited housing available, inquire within).
Program duration and reimbursement: June – August 2022; 40 hours/week; $14.00/hour (***or college credit).
HOW TO APPLY: The CLIP application period is now closed.
During the open application period (Jan. 3,-Feb. 18, 2022) email a letter of interest and resume to CLIP directors: [email protected] and [email protected]
Have questions? Email Kim Elsenbroek at TLC for more internship details.
Want to help? Make a donation to support CLIP today!