Wilderness Ranger Internship Program

Tree ChoppingOne of the cornerstones of the SBFC is our Wilderness Ranger Internship Program.

The primary purpose of this program is to provide on-the-ground mentoring for university-level students who are studying wilderness/recreation management. Through the internship, students supplement their academic coursework with real-world wilderness stewardship experience in a large and complex wilderness area. At the same time, the interns accomplish priority work within the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Areas and learn the technical skills required to do so in a wilderness setting.

Upon completion of the internship, students:

  • May receive academic credit through their university, if eligible.
  • Will gain the field experience necessary to earn paid entry-level (or higher) positions in the field of wilderness stewardship.
  • Will have a foot-in-the-door with both the Forest Service and the non-profit sector.
  • Will have been exposed to complex wilderness management dilemmas and the decision-making tools necessary to be able to make management decisions that protect wilderness character and uphold the Wilderness Act.

In short, our goal is to mentor and champion the future leaders in wilderness stewardship for our nation. To date, we are working in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Wilderness Society, DeVlieg Foundation, Patagonia, Montana Conservation Corps and a variety of private donors to implement this program.

Recent News:

During the 2015 season, ten interns will spend the summer working and training in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness under the leadership of the SBFC, The Montana Conservation Corps and the Forest Service.

***Follow what our 2015 interns are up to during the field season on our blog, The Ranger Rag.***

Read about one of our 2014 interns’ experiences working with volunteers in our Fall 2014 Newsletter¬†

The Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, which is responsible for wilderness training of US Forest Service, National Park Service, BLM and US Fish & Wildlife Service employees, endorsed our Wilderness Ranger Internship Program in January 2010.

Read the letter of endorsement from director Connie Myers

Wilderness Ranger Application:

We will begin accepting applications for our 2016 Wilderness Ranger Intern Team in January of 2016.  Please check back with us.

Wilderness Ranger Partners:

We are grateful to our partners who are helping make the Wilderness Ranger Internship Program a success: