Land & Water Division Internship


The ODC Network is looking for two qualified interns to assist with the work of the ODC Network’s Land and Water Division. The Land and Water Division includes several business lines that focus on land and water conservation in West Michigan including Project Clarity, the Macatawa River Greenway and Conservation Services. Interns should be prepared to work in an office (DeGraaf Nature Center), conduct field work, assist with community events, and work with volunteers. 


May-August, up to 30 hours/week (hours and start date are flexible), $13/hr. The selected interns may also need to be available for some evening and weekend activities for community events. For the most part, the two interns will be working together, especially when conducting field work. 


  • Collect weekly water quality data including, but not limited to, secchi disk readings, temperature, color, and chloride concentration.
  • Conduct field inventories of road-stream crossings throughout the watershed. This may include supervising volunteers.
  • Conduct rain garden inspections in the City of Holland and perform minor maintenance as needed (clean out sediment trap and pull weeds)
  • Assist with greenhouse maintenance activities (weeding, transplanting, etc.)
  • Assist with invasive species control and trail maintenance at ODC properties
  • Assist with public education activities including setting up displays, developing flyers and/or brochures and assisting with event management, including the Macatawa Water Festival, the West Michigan Green Stormwater Infrastructure Seminar, the Cultivating Resilience Farm Field Day, and community sustainability education events
  • Assist in the development and distribution of land and water marketing materials (e.g. newsletter articles, social media posts and other educational materials)
  • Copywriting for the Nature-Rich business guide
  • Assist with content sourcing/writing for the Holland Sentinel’s Mi Sustainable Holland column
  • Data entry (Access and Excel, some through Google Drive)
  • Occasionally staff the front desk at the DeGraaf Nature Center to greet and assist visitors
  • Other duties as assigned by ODC Network staff


The ODC Network is looking for recent high school or college graduates or current college students in the West Michigan area that have an interest in natural resources management, environmental science and conservation, environmental sustainability, biology, or related fields. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate for out-of-office duties that have been assigned by ODC Network staff. The watershed interns will work out of the DeGraaf Nature Center. 


Applications will be accepted for summer 2023 positions starting in January 2023. Visit our website at to fill out an application. Must include a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact Kelly Goward at or by calling 616-446-4397.