Careers at Colorado Open Lands

Colorado Open Lands is seeking a Land Stewardship Intern for Summer 2019 

Colorado Open Lands is pleased to announce an opening for a Land Stewardship Intern in our Lakewood, Colorado office. This position is a 12-week full-time paid internship. The intern will learn professional conservation easement stewardship skills with COL’s experienced staff, including monitoring conservation easements and addressing easement issues. The intern will also receive exposure to the activities of a non-profit land trust including land conservation and outreach.

Annual Conservation Easement Monitoring (80%)
– Monitor approximately 55 conservation easement properties across Colorado, which range in size from 10 to 10,000 acres. Monitoring includes hiking or driving around a conserved property using GPS to navigate and collect data while documenting any changes to the property.
– Meet with landowners to discuss the conservation easement, any property alterations within the last year and their plans for the future.
– Prepare report documenting observations from the field.
– Update GIS maps as needed to incorporate GPS field data.

Conservation Easement Management (15%)
– Assist in the review of reserved rights, violations, enforcement issues and amendments.
– Provide landowners with land management information or resources as requested.
– Perform other stewardship tasks as assigned.

Organizational Participation (5%)
– Participate in regular staff meetings, conservation easement project review, and events and community outreach activities.

– Bachelor’s degree in natural or environmental sciences, land use planning, geography or a related field.
– Willingness and ability to independently travel across Colorado, including multi-night trips (travel comprises approximately 60% of time).
– Ability to work outdoors and navigate large farms and ranches independently, often in remote settings.
– Basic skills with ESRI ArcGIS computer mapping software.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.
– A valid driver’s license and good driving record (vehicle provided).
– A positive attitude, sense of humor, and commitment to conservation.

– $15/hour, 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.
– Not eligible for health insurances but employer will cover Social Security, Medicare, worker’s comp and life & disability insurances.
– Start date is flexible between April 1 and July 1, 2019.
– Please send a résumé and cover letter to
– Applications must be received by midnight, Sunday March 3rd.

EEO Statement:
Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status.


Colorado Open Lands invites you to consider a career in conservation. Our staff is comprised of talented, passionate conservation professionals with a passion for helping landowners positively impact Colorado forever.

Colorado Open Lands Staff

For a list of job opportunities in the conservation field, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Careers Page or the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Careers Page.

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