Clint Hain was the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) summer intern for 2015 at the Allamakee County office. He graduated from Mason City High School in 2010 and went on to DMACC in Boone to pursue an Associate’s degree in Environmental Science. He then attended Iowa State University, where he graduated this May with an Environmental Science major and Sustainability minor.
His main project throughout the summer was the watershed assessment for the Wexford Creek watershed. This involved taking water samples twice a month at three sites in the watershed, a GPS-based stream assessment, and a land use assessment. This data will be used for future watershed project applications to try to obtain cost-share funds for conservation practices. In addition to the Wexford Creek work, Clint assisted with CRP checks on ground that is re-enrolling in the program and surveys for stream bank stabilization and pond projects.
These internships provide valuable experience for college students and recent college graduates regarding how NRCS, IDALS, and SWCDs work with landowners and producers to plan, design, and implement conservation practices on farms. Clint was able to learn more about using ArcGIS and surveying equipment for planning and design.
Clint hopes to utilize his education and work experience to find a job in the soil and water conservation field. He would like to be able to work somewhere in Iowa. The staff and commissioners at the Allamakee SWCD/NRCS office have appreciated Clint’s knowledge and enthusiasm and wish him well as he searches for a full-time job.