Park Ranger Intern

Expected Dates
October 3, 2022 to June 25, 2023
USACE Illinois Waterway
Position ID

The Park Ranger Intern will assist with all programs managed from the USACE Illinois Waterway Project Office in Peoria, IL.  This is primarily an outdoors position during all seasons.

The majority of work is at the Farmdale Reservoir in East Peoria.  Farmdale is a dry reservoir that includes lower slopes along creeks, bottom flood plains and steep, rugged bluffs.  There are some flat fields atop the bluff.  Elevations range from approximately 580 feet NGVP at the creek to 705 feet NGVP on the upper fields.  Wetlands associated with a stream corridor are present.  Hill seeps are numerous.  Several intermittent and ephemeral streams are also present.  The reservoir hillsides are forested while most open areas are tall grass prairies.  There are fifteen miles of multipurpose trails used by mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and equestrian users.
Farmdale natural resource management objectives include:

  • Maintain a diversity of productive native wildlife habitat for both game and non-game species through management of forest and other vegetative types.
  • Preservation habitat necessary for endangered species when they are recognized.
  • Increase habitat for monarch butterflies and other native pollinators.
  • Implement natural resource management in a safe manner to protect the using public.
  • Increase and maintain healthy and productive acreage in stands of bottomland and upland timber.

The Park Ranger Assistant will also help with the management of the Illinois Waterway Project.  The Illinois Waterway is a heavy use commercial waterway.
Management programs will include, but are not limited to interpretation, recreation management, natural resource management, dam and levee safety and administration. Each day will generally start at the Illinois Waterway Project Office. However, reporting stations may change with different work assignments. Working hours are very flexible and can range from a few hours each day or up to 12 hours a day, not exceeding 80 hours per pay period.

Major duties:

  • Prairie improvement and restoration
  • Invasive species control
  • Interpretive programs
  • Water safety patrol and education
  • Boundary line inspection
  • Roadway maintenance
  • Dam maintenance
  • Computer work, including GIS

Desired Education and Skills:

US Citizenship required.  Valid Driver’s license required. 


Biology Some Coursework or experience
Forestry Some Coursework or experience
Resource Management Some Coursework or experience


Chain Saw Skills Some Experience
GIS Some Experience
Public Speaking Some Experience
Social Media Some Experience
Trail Maintenance Some Experience
We will provide on the job and/or formal training for safe operation of tractor, ATV, UTV, chainsaw, motorboat, skid steer mini excavator and other equipment as needed.  CPR/First Aid and AED training required and will be provided if not already certified. 

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
- $240 weekly Living Allowance
- $30 weekly Commuting Allowance
- $800 monthly Housing Allowance (9 installments)
- $650 To/From site travel expense reimbursement*
- AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,546 (based upon successful completion of this position).

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive a To/From Site travel reimbursement that reflects the actual roundtrip travel costs from their ‘home’ to the site.  The reimbursement amount is based upon total distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

Effective 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Up to date vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series. Volunteer programs include stipend and reimbursement positions. Visit the following website for more information:


  • Farmdale Reservoir, East Peoria, IL.
    Peoria, IL
    Illinois Waterway, IL
  • We will provide on the job and/or formal training for safe operation of tractor, ATV, UTV, chainsaw, motorboat, skid steer mini excavator and other equipment as needed.  CPR/First Aid and AED training required and will be provided if not already certified
  • On-site hiking and mountain biking, bird watching. Several local State Parks and county areas with nature centers. Bradley University and Illinois Central College nearby.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Plant Identification
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience