Jefferson County Conservation is taking applications for a Naturalist Intern/ Nature Center Host.

This is a part time, seasonal position under the general supervision of the Naturalist. The intern will assist and prepare environmental education programs and help with office related duties. Other duties include summer nature camps, some maintenance, exhibit work, and clerical work. Must be willing to work some nights and weekends. Position can start as early as May and end in August, start and end dates are flexible.

Essential Functions of the Job:
Assist with the development, organization, and presentation of environmental education programs for the general public, civic and conservation groups, youth groups and schools in Jefferson County.
Plan, assist, and lead activities for summer day camps for youth.
Care and maintenance of materials and equipment used for programs.
Perform other duties as directed by the naturalist or executive director.
Accepting applications until February 12, 2021.

Prefer working toward a degree in Environmental Education, interpretation, natural resources, education or recreation. Valid driver’s license required. Ability to work outside in a variety of weather and terrain.

$10 per hour; no benefits, no housing available. Approximately 35 hours per week.

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume to:
Brittney Tiller,

Looking for something fun to do this winter? Check out all of our educational videos!

Here is a link to our videos page and our YouTube Channel!

The Conservation Offices and entryway to the Nature Center have recently been renovated. They had not been updated since they were built in the 80’s. Come stop in to see the recent renovations, just be sure to wear your mask!

Join Jefferson County Conservation for a summer of fun! We have a great line up sure to peak your outdoor adventurers’ interest!

Registration opens April 1st

4 & 5 Years                Caterpillar Camp                         Register Here
1st-2nd Grade           Tadpole Camp                              Register Here
2nd-3rd Grade          Nature Detectives                       Register Here
3rd-4th Grade           Wild About Water                       Register Here
4th-5th Grade           Geology Rocks                              Register Here
5th-6th Grade           Best of the Best                             Register Here
6th-7th Grade           Paddling Camp                             Register Here
7th-9th Grade           Maquoketa Caves Adventure     Register Here


Please note:

  • You may only sign your child up for one camp during the month of April to give more participants the opportunity to attend.
  • We ask that adults do not attend camp as it allows participants to better explore and try new things.
  • Camps are set up for students who will be entering the listed grade during the summer

As fall is wrapping up and winter is on its way, send your child to a half day camp to explore what the park looks like during this season change.

Pre-School & Kindergarten
1st-3rd Grade
3rd-5th Grade
6th-8th Grade

The Nature Center and Office area are temporarily closed due to the office remodel project which will be happening throughout the Fall. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call (641)-472-4421 or email

Camp Kyle was awarded the 2019 Chris Holt Youth Environmental Education Award for an outstanding environmental education program for youth. This award is sponsored by the Iowa Association of Naturalists and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition. Camp Kyle is a one-day program aimed at teaching the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts that your dreams are just one shot away!

Kyle Longerbeam was a 25-year-old man from Fairfield, Iowa, and had a love for all things outdoors. He chased his dreams by moving to Alaska in 2011 in hopes of becoming a hunting guide, own some land, build a home, and to obtain his license as a pilot. He achieved all of that and more in just 5 years. In December 2016, the plane he was piloting never arrived in Anchorage and after a day of extensive searching, debris was found in a lake located just miles from the runway. There were no survivors.

This event, created and inspired by his memory, was held for the second year at Jefferson County Park on Friday, July 24th. Sixteen youth entering 6th-8th grade attended. The Camp Kyle Committee would like to thank its generous sponsors and volunteers: Pete Tollenaere, Gary Roth, Sabin Sirdoreus, JD Diers, Jon Trumpold, Therese Cummiskey, Jessica Anderson, Abbey Lutz, Carla & Terry Longerbeam, Libertyville Savings Bank, Washington State Bank, Edward Jones, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, HyVee, and the Conservation Foundation of Jefferson County.

Parks and Wildlife Areas
Modern Bathrooms
Campgrounds– we are encouraging self-contained campers
Cabins- require reservation made at least 24 hours prior to stay
Shelters– Available for use with restrictions
Nature Center– Not to exceed 50% capacity

Things to Note:
Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more
Remember to stay home if you feel sick, wash hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and bring supplies from home including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other hygiene products.
All areas closed at 10:00pm

Unfortunately the cloud cover is too thick for the program tonight. We will have to cancel.. Thanks for understanding.

This spring the portion of the Fairfield Loop Trail that runs through Lamson Woods and Neff Wetland was closed due to the new sewer project. On Friday, May 15th,  Stephen Pedrick, engineer with French-Reneker and president of the Jefferson County Trails Council met with Naturalist Brittney Tiller on site to give an update on the project. Check out this video to see the update!