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Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is a land conservancy dedicated to preserving the open spaces and natural rural character of southwest Berrien County. We protect and restore native plant and animal habitat in the area, improve water quality in our rivers, streams and in Lake Michigan, and permanently preserve ecologically significant forests, prairies and wetlands, as well as prime farmland and other open spaces in our community.

The #10Trail Challenge is a month-long hiking challenge designed to highlight local hiking trails. At any time during the month of July, participants in the #10Trail Challenge hike any or all of a specified 10 trails in the area. Along the trail in each of these natural areas, participants will find “selfie stations”, at which they take a photo of themselves, and post on social media. Prizes are awarded based on the number of trails hiked (as determined by selfies posted). More than 250 people took the challenge in 2020. In 2021, COL is expanding the program into the St. Joe/Benton Harbor area, and encouraging corporate participation.

Commitment: 12 week paid summer internship; +/- 24 hours per week. 

Reports to: Development & Marketing Manager 

Job Description: The Chikaming Open Lands Summer Marketing Intern is responsible for assisting staff to organize and market the popular, month-long #10Trail Challenge event, as well as various other marketing and communications tasks as needed.

• Assist in the creation and management of all marketing and communications related to the #10Trail Challenge, including the web page, blast emails, press releases, social media posts, and print pieces.
• Track participants in the #10Trail Challenge, including registrations, collecting selfies and tabulating trails hiked by each participant, and awarding appropriate prizes at the end of the challenge.
• Assist with the installation and removal of selfie stations for the #10Trail Challenge, and with the deposit and removal of props at each trail for special theme weekend challenges. Manage a pool of volunteers from local Rotary Clubs who have agreed to help with these tasks.
• Assist staff with other marketing and communications tasks, as well as administrative work as needed.

Qualifications: Applicant must be a college student studying marketing and communications. Must have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Must be organized, enthusiastic and self-motivated. Must be able to work weekends, as necessary. Must have a driver’s license and the ability to use a personal, insured vehicle for work. Must have the ability to work remotely. The ideal candidate will have a passion for nature and the environment, with a desire to learn and pass knowledge on to others.

To Apply: Please submit resume to Jen Thompson at