Conservation Leader Internship Program

  • Are you a student who loves the outdoors and nature?
  • Are you a high school junior-senior or college student?
  • Do you love the outdoors or have a passion for the natural world?
  • Are you a member of an underrepresented community?
  • Are you a student who loves the outdoors and nature? 

***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!).

CLIP Directors:

  • Kim Elsenbroek: Land Conservation Specialist with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.
  • Megan Oropeza: Restoration Ecologist with the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.

Program Description:

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! 

Artwork by CLIP graduate Sofia Oropeza, ’21.

Program Details

Field Trips/Networking Opportunities

  • Nachusa Grasslands (The Nature Conservancy)
  • Indiana Dunes National Park (The National Park Service)
  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (United States Forest Service)
  • Glacial Park (McHenry County Conservation District)
  • McHenry County College (MCC)

Skills Gained

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
Professional networking


04 February 2021
CLIP PROGRAM DETAILS: Field Trips CLIPterns will receive a professional contact from each field trip location and may apply for summer positions at these …

CLIP Program Details: Skills gained

04 February 2021
CLIP Program Details: Skills gained Land management: Invasive removal, site preparation and restoration techniques will be reviewed for ongoing TLC re…

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