Our vision is to inspire a new generation of environmental leaders in creation care through on-the-job work experiences. We employ Calvin College students to work in a variety of positions both during the academic school year and in the summer. As an employee of the Ecosystem Preserve, you will gain valuable experience and develop skills that will prepare you for your future career in a variety of fields, including: environmental science, education, environmental education, interpretation, biology, recreation, and nonprofit work.

Academic year positions

Educational program leaders

Teach environmental education programs to elementary and middle school students who visit the Ecosystem Preserve during the fall, winter, and spring. Eight to ten program leaders positions are available for the academic year. If interested please first read the job description and more about the position. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Program assistants

Assist the program manager and director in developing and executing programs for the Bunker Interpretive Center and the Ecosystem Preserve. To learn more about this position read the job description. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Animal care assistant

Assist the program manager and director in caring for our live animal and plant educational exhibits at the Bunker Interpretive Center. To learn more about this position read the job description. If the job sounds like a good fit for your skills, interests, and schedule please email or drop off a completed application to Jeanette Henderson's office in the BIC room 108 B.

Preserve stewards

Assist the director and manager with the day to day onsite management of the Ecosystem Preserve by walking the trails to observe and record visitor usage, trail maintenance needs, and wildlife observed. They also assist with light maintenance needs such as litter pick up, weed removal, and raking. Open to sophomore level and above biology or environmental studies majors. If interested in this position speak with Professor Randy Van Dragt.

Stewardship interns

Engage in a variety of tasks (plant propagation, restoration plantings, landscape maintenance, etc.) to allow Calvin College to pursue active stewardship of lands within the boundaries of the Ecosystem Preserve. Open to junior and senior level students majoring in biology or environmental studies. If interested in this position speak with Professor Randy Van Dragt.

Summer positions

Summer camp leaders (10–12 weeks)

Prepare for, teach, and supervise summer camp programs for pre-school to middle school children in an outdoor setting. Check out this job description to learn more about the positions or speak with Jeanette Henderson.

Now accepting applications for summer 2018. Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

To apply please fill out the pdf application on this webpage and make sure to also include your resume and the contact info for three references (name, relationship to you, phone number, and email). In addition, applicants need to submit a short essay (no longer than one page) on how you feel you will benefit from being a summer camp leader and why you would be a good camp leader. You can include career goals, interests, environmental concerns, past experiences, personality profile, skills, etc. in the essay. Completed application and supporting documents need to be submitted via email to Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager. Hard copies may be delivered to the mailbox outside of EI 114 Conference Room in the Bunker Interpretive Center.

Summer preserve stewards (12 weeks)

Work on a variety of ongoing research projects including mammal, bird, and trees surveys, and assist with removal of invasive species, general trail maintenance, creation of new trails, native plantings, etc. Check out this job description to learn more. It is strongly encouraged that you speak with Jen Howell about the position. Up to three positions are available each summer.

Now accepting applications for summer 2018. Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

To apply please fill out the pdf application on this webpage and make sure to also include your resume and the contact info for three references (name, relationship to you, phone number, and email).Completed application and supporting documents need to be submitted via email to Jen Howell, Land Manager. Hard copies may be delivered to mailbox outside of EI 114 Conference Room in the Bunker Interpretive Center. You may also apply for these position through the Science Summer Research Page. Note the submission deadline is earlier.

To be a student employee

Students interested in applying for a position must submit a job application to the individual listed on the job posting.

(Note to Mac users: you must complete this application using Adobe Reader, not Preview.)