Wilderness Ranger Internship
Posted: January 05, 2021
Location: Based out of Hungry Horse, Montana
Time Commitment: Mid May to Mid August (14 weeks total & we are flexible with HS and college schedules)
The WRI is a field based training program for college and high school students planning to pursue careers in natural resources and related fields. Interns gain valuable job skills that build career opportunities in the Forest Service and nonprofit partner field.
Following three weeks of front country, field based training with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, interns will work as part of a team with Forest Service Wilderness Rangers, trail crews, or other volunteers. You can expect to conduct trail maintenance, noxious weed removal, and campsite impact monitoring. It is also expected that interns help with project preparation, meal planning, backcountry cooking, and tool maintenance.
Other requirements include: camping at primitive sites, extensive hiking over varied terrain and working in a variety of weather conditions. There may be opportunities to work with pack stock and more specific to the district you work with, but stock will not be provided for every project. WRI interns may occasionally work with adult and youth volunteers.
WRI interns will have the opportunity to meet numerous professionals in the wilderness management field and make connections for future opportunities in wilderness and recreation management.
This internship is based out of Hungry Horse Montana. Interns are required to be present in Hungry Horse for: Training, pre-trip planning, a midseason review, final review and exit interview.
On the job training with the Program Director, Stewardship Coordinator, and BMWF Crew Leaders will take place during the first three weeks of the internship based out of Hungry Horse and Spotted Bear Ranger Stations.
BMWF and Forest Service training includes:
Interns will report to the BMWF office in the Hungry Horse Ranger Station on May 20th (roughly) and the internship will end around August 20th. Attendance at trainings and projects is required.
Duty Station, Housing, Meals and Gear
Living Allowance and Benefits ● This position is a paid internship. Intern will receive a living allowance of $3,000 /season. Other benefits include: ● Uniform and maps provided by BMWF. ● Valuable skill building & career building opportunities with the Forest Service and experience with non-profit Wilderness Stewardship. Academic Credit The BMWF will work with colleges or universities to facilitate course credit by providing all necessary coordination, documentation, and evaluation for the internship course.
Email a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications to Meg Killen, BMWF Stewardship Coordinator, at [email protected] by February 1st. Selected applicants will be contacted by BMWF to schedule an interview. To gain an understanding of the Foundation and its relationship to the Forest Service visit:
www.bmwf.org. Please contact BMWF with any questions (406) 387-3808.
The BMWF is committed to providing a more inclusive and diverse Wilderness opportunity for all people. We are working to remove barriers for those that have not seen themselves as part of the American public lands story, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ communities. Read more about the BMWF Inclusive outdoors at www.bmwf.org/jedi