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Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

Please check in on this page for 2021 CLM internship opportunities.

To apply, please send the following to Chris Woolridge at:

Cover letter, resume, contact information for three references


Career-track CLM Internship - Bureau of Land Management - Carlsbad, NM (20 weeks)

Position Description: We are looking for a highly qualified individual for a professional intern position. The intern will serve as a professional level staff botanist for the BLM Plant Conservation Program under direct guidance of the office mentor. The position will be based out of the Carlsbad, New Mexico Field Office, which administers 2.1 million acres of public land. The intern will be engaged in a broad range of plant related activities within this field office under the BLM multiple-use mandate. It is intended that the selectee will conclude the internship with sufficient professional experience to significantly boost their qualifications in the botanical job market.
The incumbent must be able to integrate into a federal land management office situation as a contractor, and work closely with BLM staff, other agencies and private entities, and the public to accomplish work as needed by the office. That work will involve advocating policies and positions that integrate botany (the BLMs Plant Conservation Program) as a component of daily office operations. The selectee will initially have minimal experience; training, support, and mentoring will be provided. It is expected that, with experience, the selectee will become able to handle most daily situations with minimal supervision. A background in botany or plant ecology is required and a master’s degree in a similar field is preferred.



The Chicago Botanic Garden stands firmly opposed to systemic and institutional racism. We passionately believe that Black lives matter. We recognize that people of color often feel unwelcome in public spaces, including gardens, forest preserves, and parks. The Chicago Botanic Garden acknowledges that we can do more to address this within our own organization. We recommit ourselves to live our mission and values as we strive to make the Chicago Botanic Garden a welcoming place for everyone.

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, U.S. D. A. Forest Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Non-profit partners include the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank.​

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