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Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for two positions working with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho.

To apply: Please complete and send the following to Chris Woolridge at:


Position details:

Start date: one intern to start 3/7/22 or 3/14/22; the other intern to start 5/2/22, 5/9/22, or 5/16/22.

Agency: US Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station

Location: Boise, Idaho

Position description: We are recruiting two (2) CLM interns to conduct field surveys and collect seed from throughout the Snake River Basin and Great Basin. Interns will operate out of Boise and work on lands administered by both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service across Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Ongoing projects at the Boise lab are designed to provide land managers and scientists with a better understanding of restoration and adaptation in native forb species. In support of this mission, interns will conduct repeat visits to established research sites in remote areas where they will record morphological and phenological traits of study plants. Progressing into early summer, interns will also scout and collect seed from plant populations across far reaching areas. 

Additional opportunities will arise giving interns the potential to participate in a variety of activities, including rare plant conservation, floristics, horticulture, and post-fire monitoring. 

Interns will work four to five days per week with about 65% of their time spent in the field. Field work will mostly consist of day or overnight trips. Occasional longer trips of three or more days will be planned farther in advance, with the possibility of one or two long hitches in early to mid-summer. These longer hitches will entail 8 days working, followed by 6 days off to due long travel times. Interns will initially work closely with their mentor, traveling as a group for the first couple weeks. As the season progresses, they will be expected to demonstrate increasing autonomy from the site host, as conditions permit.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in research monitoring at common garden sites for Phacelia hastataErigeron pumilus and Pseudoroegneria spicata
  • Perform measurements and record data in a lab setting in conjunction with seed germination trials and forb common gardens
  • Participate in research monitoring of a post-fire restoration site in north-central UT. 
  • Scout for populations of wildland forb species and harvest seed
  • Inventory, clean and store seed lots 



The Conservation and Land Management (CLM) internship program places early-career scientists in five-month paid internships to assist professional biologists with land management and conservation projects. Since 2001, the CLM program has successfully placed over 1350 interns, providing them with a rich experience from which to launch their professional careers. 

CLM Internship Benefits 
CLM internships are paid internships! ​
 Explore your career goals and expand your resume 
Experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity in the beautiful western US
Make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations
Learn what it's like to work at a federal agency
Apply your education to important conservation projects

Most of our internships are located in the western US, where the majority of public land occurs. Federal partners include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, US Geologic Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Non-profit partners include the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank.​

Click here to read more about our internshi​ps!


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