The intern must possess a strong desire to work for a grassroots non-profit and learn about its operational systems and educational goals. This position is designed to facilitate the development of technical, interpersonal, educational and professional skills within the context of the Montana Wilderness School mission, core curriculum and risk management philosophy.
The intern will report directly to the Operations Manager for all in-town work duties and to the Wilderness Program Manager while working with instructors in the field. The intern will be part of a small team of interns and logistics staff, and will receive ongoing mentorship and guidance from supervisors.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff


Ability to support and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date
Acceptable driving record; the intern must be comfortable driving long distances and dealing with unforeseen vehicle issues (e.g., flat tire), often on their own
Ability to demonstrate exemplary self care while spending multiple nights in the field

Required Skills:

Competencies in backpacking and camp craft skills
Understanding of how to navigate in the backcountry using a map and compass
Flexibility in scheduling is required. Work schedule will be planned in advance and may change with short notice. Average work week is 24 hours, and work days may not be consecutive.
Ability to carry a 45-70 lb backpack in rugged terrain for up to 10 hours per day

Preferred Skills:

Experience working with high school youth
Experience working with underserved youth
Experience as a backcountry guide/instructor
Experience working with tribal youth


The Montana Wilderness School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit outdoor education organization based in Bozeman, Montana, providing multi-week wilderness expeditions for youth.

Application Instructions

Send cover letter, resume and responses to application questions to: [email protected] You can see full job description and compensation at www.montanawildernessschool.org in the lower right corner under "Open Positions"