Nature can sometimes be the teacher if you pay attention.
— Byron Davis, 2014-2015 Nature Works Crew Member

Nature Works is...

a collaborative workforce development and experiential education program aimed at teaching St. Louis-area high school students about conservation efforts and environmental job opportunities, while developing their knowledge and skills for the environmental job field. 

Interns will be working with environmental professionals in Forest Park as well as in collaborations with other organizations in the St. Louis area, which have included: the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden & the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Saint Louis Zoo and more!

How It Works...

Classroom Outreach

The opportunity for classes to work and learn alongside environmental professionals on projects in Forest Park. Bus funding provided. 

Forest Park Field Experience 

Classroom activities designed with the teacher to enrich curricula with case studies from Forest Park. 

Paid Summer Internships for Students 

Ten paid internships available for high school students working with environmental professionals. 

You Can Make an Impact

  • Restoring and maintaining Forest Park’s natural areas
  • Removing invasive plant species
  • Planting native species and learning how to help them thrive
  • Restoring wildlife habitats
  • Increasing the size and connectivity of Forest Park’s Wildlife Corridor
  • Helping with the restoration of 11.3 acres of riparian habitat throughout the Park
  • Working as a team to complete important Park improvement projects
  • Sharing gained experience through this program with others (as well as other programs and partnerships)
  • Gaining knowledge of different environmental jobs 

Nature Works is made possible through a generous grant from Boeing.

In April 2015, Nature Works was recognized as an official partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of its 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

Applications Are Now Closed

We are seeking energetic individuals who are interested in working outdoors while exploring and learning about the ecosystems in Forest Park. Positions are primarily assigned to natural areas of Forest Park, however, opportunities may be provided for learning and enrichment in other work zones.

Important Dates

  • March 24: Application deadline
  • April 1: Interviews begin
  • April 15: Participants will receive notifications
  • April 22: Participant acceptable deadline
  • May 31: Assistant Crew Leader orientation
  • June 13: Crew Member program start
  • August 5: Nature Works program ends

Nature Works Position Competencies 

  • Strong Listening skills
  • Attentive and able to receive and follow instruction
  • Ethics/Dependability
  • Team work
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership

Nature Works Job Responsibilities 

  • Help with the restoration of 11.3 acres of riparian habitat throughout the Park, increasing the size and connectivity of Forest Park’s Wildlife Corridor
  • Assist with native habitat restoration, native species plantings and invasive species removal
  • Operate equipment used for managing environmental areas (training will be provided)
  • Potential to lead or teach other individuals, groups, or visitors
  • Assist in special projects as needed

Nature Works Physical/Visual Job Abilities

  • Standing, walking, sitting, stooping or crouching, kneeling, reaching, talking, hearing
  • Exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, push, pull or otherwise move objects and operate equipment.
  • Clarity of vision at a distance of up to 20 feet with the ability to bring objects into sharp focus.
  • Willingness and ability to work outside in an environment subject to sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy or other natural elements.  Appropriate dress and repellents highly suggested.
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather. This includes heat, rain, and wind. If there is severe weather we will adapt our plans for the day, to keep everyone safe.