Olmsted County has earned the 2023 Best Places to Work – Southeast Minnesota designation.

Nature of Work
Olmsted County Parks has internship opportunities at both Chester Woods and Oxbow Park. These internships are meant to introduce you to several aspects of the parks, such as leading public and school programs, creating interpretive signage, the daily husbandry of native Minnesota wild animals and not to mention learning the day-to-day operations and management of regional parks.

Examples of Work

Chester Woods Park

Lead nature walks/hikes and programs for all ages
Keep interpretive posters, signage, and interpretive labels current
Weekly checks on the natural playscape
Assist in resource management of park lands including invasive species removal
Assist with watercraft rental station
Assist staff in the daily upkeep and maintenance needed throughout the park
Assist in posting to park social media accounts
Inspecting watercraft for AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species)

Oxbow Park

Zoo animal care – diet prep, daily feeding, cleaning, animal enrichment, exhibit maintenance
Present zoo animal and nature education programs to school-age groups and the general public
Participate in community science projects conducted at the park
Promote the park and zoo as a Nature Center attendant as well as in the community during outreach programs
Participate in resource management of park lands, including invasive species removal, as well as other park maintenance
Create an individual internship capstone project to better the park and provide the intern with new skills and knowledge, under supervision of park staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of environmental science.
Skill in written and verbal communication.
Skill in organization and self-motivation.
Ability to accept responsibility.
Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to exercise some independent judgment and to meet deadlines.
Ability to use office equipment required for performing the job.
Ability to use a variety of hand tools.
Ability to assist with a variety of programs and tasks.

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

Tagged as: Crew, Full Time, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


College student pursuing a degree in natural sciences, interpretation, education, recreation, Zoology, biology, or related field.

This internship does require evening and weekend hours.
Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

About Olmsted County

Olmsted County is dedicated to an inclusive, welcoming environment where you are celebrated and valued.

Application Instructions

Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/olmsted/jobs/4395421/intern-parks