Summary: Do you imagine a future career in the sciences or working outdoors to help restore and enhance our local forests? Investigate all of the incredible outdoor opportunities available with the US Forest Service by completing field projects and job shadowing with outdoor professionals.
Responsibilities: Interns will participate in various stewardship and research projects happening on the Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to complete a Wilderness First Aid training to learn how to recreate responsibly and prepare for a variety of outdoor jobs. Position requires some camping out with fellow interns, supervised by the Nature Connection staff. Schedule is flexible and to be determined but may require some weekend commitments. This is an excellent science and research pathway for students interested in majoring in wildlife biology, environmental science and natural resource management.
Qualifications: Enthusiasm to be outside all day and hike 1-2 miles in mountainous terrain. No previous outdoor experience required, however you must be excited to learn how to live and work in the mountains! Interns will be provided all the necessary gear and training on how to become field scientists.
Pathways Opportunity: 4 available internship openings. Designed for students entering 9th grade and up.
Paid Internship: Stipend amount TBD based on number of job shadowing opportunities completed; Training will occur in June; field work will occur late June, early July. Specific dates will be communicated before end of school year; stipend provided for food while in field; all necessary outdoor gear provided (camping equipment, sleeping bag etc.) Wilderness First Aid training will be provided and students who complete the training will receive bonus pay.
Location: Gunnison, Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests; transportation will be provided