Macon County Conservation District

Internship at Macon County Conservation District 

Terms of position:  One internship for 26 weeks from mid-May to mid-November. Work week is Monday through Friday with alternating weekend duty and compensatory time off.  988 total hours for the entire length of the internship based on a 38 hour work week.     


Location:  Homestead Prairie Farm, a circa 1860 living history house museum, and Rock Springs Nature Center are both located on the grounds of Rock Springs Conservation Area near Decatur, Illinois.


Salary/Stipend/Housing:  $13.25/hour at 38 hours/week. Intern also receives a $275 monthly housing stipend payment.  The stipend is pro-rated for partial months. No on-site housing is available, but the site is near Decatur, Illinois.


Duties include all of these areas:

Interpretation/Education:  Assist with third person interpretation at the District’s historic sites. Many programs take place at Homestead Prairie Farm, but may include Bethel School or other district sites as needed.  Interpretive duties include working with staff and volunteers to provide: public tours during regular weekend open houses and special events; educational programs for schools and other groups.


Children’s Summer Day Camps:  The intern will help with lesson plans/activities, present, and co-manage a half-day history camp with another staff member.  The camp meets for 3 hours once a week in June and July. Campers are ages 6 to 12.  The intern will assist staff as needed with other day camps.       

Collections/Exhibits:  Assist with exhibits; assist in collections processing, care, research, and inventory; help with recordkeeping of reproduction period clothing worn by staff and volunteers for tours and programs.     


Research/Marketing/Administrative Assist with historical research and possibly newsletter articles, press releases, and program flyers. The intern will also assist with special events, some housekeeping/maintenance, purchasing, and other duties as needed.


To apply:  Download an application. Send application with 2 writing samples (at least 3 pages each), a resume, and college transcript(s) to address below. Deadline is Noon (Central Time) on Thursday, March 9, 2023.



To inquire with questions, please contact:

Macon County Conservation District

Attn: Brent Wielt, Historic Sites Manager

3939 Nearing Lane

Decatur, IL 62521