Wilderness Internship Position Summary
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation (BMWF) offers two different types of Wilderness Internships each summer: Wilderness Steward (WS) Internships and Wilderness Conservation Crew (WCC) Internships. Both are field based training programs for college and high school age students planning to pursue careers in natural resources and related fields. Interns gain valuable skills that build career opportunities in the Forest Service and non-profit partner field.
About Wilderness Intern Positions
Wilderness Steward (WS) Interns
Following three weeks of orientation and field-based training with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, WS interns are placed individually within Ranger District offices to work as part of a team with Forest Service Wilderness Rangers, trail crews, or other interns. Duties will vary depending on placement location, but generally includes trail maintenance projects, noxious weed removal, and campsite impact monitoring. It is also expected that interns help with project preparation, meal planning, backcountry cooking and tool maintenance.
Wilderness Conservation Crew (WCC) Interns
Following three weeks of orientation and field-based training with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, WCC Interns work as part of a four member team led by an experienced Wilderness Crew Leader. Project work includes five 10-day backcountry “hitches,” one on each of the five Ranger Districts that manage the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Interns will conduct trail maintenance projects, noxious weed removal, and campsite impact monitoring. It is also expected that interns help with project preparation, meal planning and shopping, backcountry cooking and tool maintenance.
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 on some projects, but stock will not be provided for every project. Wilderness Interns may occasionally work with adult and youth volunteers.
Wilderness 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.
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) at the Intern Graduation ceremony.
About Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation (BMWF) has been serving the wilderness recreation community for twenty five years. The foundation works in coordination with the US Forest Service to organize over 40+ trail projects annually with 300 to 400 volunteers, ages 12 to 80, that clear trails, restore damaged areas and remove noxious weeds. Since its incorporation in 1996, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and its volunteers have cleared over 5,000 miles of trail and donated millions of dollars of labor to improve public lands.
BMWF is committed to providing a more inclusive Wilderness opportunity for all people. We are working to remove barriers for those that have not traditionally seen themselves as part of the American public lands story, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ communities. Read more about our commitment to this work at www.bmwf.org/dei