Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

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.

Job Responsibilites

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.

Other requirements:

  • Set learning objectives for the summer and complete an Individual Action Plan (IAP).
  • Participate in an exit interview and final review.
  • Prepare and present a final project (video, photo journalistic report, or other report detailing summer achievements and learning experiences). This is due following the culmination of the summer field season and is a public presentation.
  • Post one written and Photographic entry on the BMWF website describing one of the WCC project hitches.


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:

  • Wilderness Orientation Leave No Trace Backcountry Living Skills
  • Bear Awareness/Safety USFS Trail Maintenance Standards
  • Stock Use/Safety Backcountry Safety
  • First Aid/CPR Crosscut Saw certification
  • Natural History Education

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.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • The stamina to backpack carrying up to 35lbs in mountainous terrain for up to 8 consecutive days for multiple hitches. History of physical activity is recommended.
  • Backcountry living and travel experience.
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout a rigorous field season.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to function effectively, both independently and under pressure. Project plans and logistics may change on a weekly basis; flexibility is a MUST!
  • Oral and written communication skills including ability to resolve team conflict.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision in a field and office environment.
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records and reports.
  • Motivation and willingness to work above and beyond duties (non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends).
  • Basic computer proficiency including email communication, knowledge of Microsoft Word, digital photo downloading and sharing, ability and willingness to learn other software as needed.


  • A reliable, personal vehicle is required to facilitate local transportation. During BMWF training and your time off, carpooling is promoted and encouraged. Once you are embedded with a district, you will receive a Gov’t Drivers License (if you pass!) and will drive Forest Service rigs to and from project locations. On your days off, your personal vehicle is to be used.

Duty Station, Housing, Meals and Gear

  • Housing is provided for this position. You will receive some sort of bunkhouse placement at the district you are assigned to for the duration of your internship.
  • Meals are provided when working in the backcountry. Group meals are provided while at BMWF training. Interns are expected to cover their own food expenses while on personal time.
  • Personal backpacking gear is required for this position: a good sleeping bag, backpack, rain gear, tent, and sturdy hiking boots. Stoves, water filters, and other group gear may be provided.

Salary and Benefits

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.

Application Process

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:
. 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

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