Abby’s hometown is Bloomington, MN. She spent many summers on family road trips mainly going to western US national parks, particularly Rocky Mountain National Park. Last summer Abby was an intern for an environmental science center in Rochester, MN doing research on invasive plant species. Abby is the captain of her college swim and dive team. She is excited for the opportunity to work with SBFC not only to increase her own knowledge and abilities, but to help others experience the power of the Wilderness as well.
Boise State University
English and Music/Classical Guitar
Ben’s hometown is Boise, ID. He’s most at home when he’s hiking, backpacking and biking in all his favorite places. He particularly loves long-distance hiking. Ben feels fortunate to live and work in a state that offers incredible Wilderness areas. He’s excited to work as a Wilderness Ranger Intern because it gives him the opportunity to see the Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas while helping others who come after him have a great Wilderness experience.
Appalachian State University
Outdoor Recreation and Criminal Justice
James grew up on a small cattle farm in Union Grove, NC. He served 5 years in the US Army as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, and did one 9-month tour in Afghanistan. James looks forward to finishing up his degree while working alongside like-minded people putting in a hard day’s work to further the SBFC mission. One of his many goals is to learn as many Wilderness skills/techniques as possible in order to help maintain our natural areas and teach the same skills to SBFC volunteers. He’s grateful for the opportunity to give back.
University of Montana
Political Science/Resource Conservation and Wilderness Studies
Jess’s hometown is Billings, MT. She grew up exploring the Absoraka-Beartooth Wilderness area by backpacking, running, climbing and hiking. This exposure to wilderness has led her to pursue an education in political relations concerning environmental and conservation issues. She’s looking forward to broadening her understanding of the Forest Service role and becoming more familiar with
Wilderness policy, conservation and the environment’s overall well-being.
Maryville College (TN)
Outdoor Studies & Tourism
Nolan was born and raised in Savannah, GA. Last summer he worked in the state parks and reserves of Delaware controlling invasive species. Nolan hopes to lead a career dedicated to conservation. Nolan is thrilled to be a Wilderness Ranger Intern with SBFC this summer because he gets to continue this purposeful endeavor, and experience a new part of the country.
Biology and Religion
Talitha is from Flagstaff, AZ. She is looking forward to spending the summer with SBFC . Talitha anticipates that this internship is going to give her some memorable experiences and an opportunity to learn about wilderness conservation in Idaho, Montana, and the U.S.
B.A. Central College, Pella, IA—M.A. University of Idaho/MOSS
Environmental Science—Natural Resources
Zach was born and raised in Winterset, IA. As a high-schooler Zach came to the SB Wilderness as part of the IDAWA student program. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree. Zach is excited to immerse himself in natural ecosystems, and give back to the SBFC Foundation that got him rolling down the life path that he’s currently on. After this summer he intends to take what he’s learned back to Iowa and fight to educate the public and restore and protect prairie ecosystems and other natural places in Iowa.
University of Montana
Justine grew up in Oregon. Most of her decisions about life directions have been guided by her need to be outside. Alongside that need is a desire to have some purpose that ideally benefits others, and puts her in a position to learn from them as well. For the past three years at the University she’s had the privilege of learning about how to love the land and the life it supports. She’s learned this from some incredible humans and inspiring places. Justine is thrilled to spend another season listening and exploring.