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Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references directly to Chris Woolridge at: Please reference an internship position below that you are applying for. Please do not create an account until you are hired for a position.

We are currently accepting applications for the following CLM Internship positions:

Botany Internship with the US Forest Service

Location: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (Sparks, NV)

Start Date: 4/1/2020 - 5/1/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 1

Position Description: The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), in cooperation with USFS Intermountain Region is recruiting one Native Seed Intern to conduct field surveys and seed collecting throughout the state of Nevada and parts of Eastern California.

Primary Responsibilities: 

 - Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
 - Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots; 
 - GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
 - Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
 - Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
 - Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping seed as necessary.
 - Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
 - Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects. 

Related Responsibilities:
 - Participate in trainings provided by USFS, BLM and US Fish & Wildlife staff and community partners;
 - Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
 - Participate in required national service days;
 - Participating in restoration projects, including planting native plants, watering plants, removing non-native plants;
 - Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events;
 - Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work; and
 - Provide support for arid land restoration projects.


Botany Internship with the US Forest Service

Location: Rocky Mountain Research Station (Boise, ID)

Start Date: 4/13/2020 - 5/11/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 2

Position Description: We are seeking two interns to assist with ongoing research into local adaptation by native forbs in the intermountain west. Interns will discover new populations of selected species, record data, collect leaf tissue and harvest seed. Much of our work will take place in the field on public lands throughout a variety of shrub-steppe ecosystems in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. In addition to seed survey and collection, interns may assist with additional projects as opportunities arise, in particular the maintenance and monitoring of study plants at remote common-garden sites. Interns will work 5 days per week with the exception of two or more long hitches in early to mid-summer. These longer hitches will entail 8 days working, followed by 6 days off. Initially, interns will work together with the assistance of the lead botanist or an experienced technician. As the season progresses, they will travel to the field together without a mentor, or each be paired with another technician. 

Primary Responsibilities: 
• Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for the program;
• Monitoring for revegetation projects; 
• GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features;
• Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
• Collecting seed from plant populations and completing data forms in accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol;
• Taking herbarium vouchers, and cleaning and shipping seed as necessary.
• Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
• Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects. 

Fisheries Internship with US Fish and Wildlife Service

Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Start Date: 4/20/2020 - 5/15/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 2

Position Description: The principal role of the interns is to collect biological and physical data related to sensitive species in the upper Klamath River basin. The primary objectives of the interns are to 1) assist with collection and management of data as it pertains to species under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and 2) gain practical field experience, collection techniques, data management, and data analysis techniques. Interns will complete multiple aquatic and terrestrial duties as assigned, which are described in more detail below. Training will be provided, as necessary, to complete the duties assigned. Interns will conduct surveys, sampling, and data collection of biological and physical parameters using various techniques for an array of species that may include, but is not limited to: Lost River sucker, shortnose sucker, bull trout, Oregon spotted frog, and Applegate's milk-vetch. Prior knowledge of sampling methods is not required. Rather, interns will acquire skills in fisheries techniques using zooplankton nets, net pens, backpack electrofishing, marking (e.g., passive integrated transponder tags, radio transmitters; fin clips), and fish/plant/amphibian identification. Interns will conduct survey for different life stages of Oregon spotted frog (e.g., egg masses, juveniles, adults) and learn to differentiate species of frogs. Skills will be gained in plant identification and plant survey methodology. Interns may also participate in bald eagle nest monitoring and gain bird identification skills.


Botany Internship with the US Forest Service

Location: Monongahela National Forest (Marlinton, WV)

Start Date: 5/1/2020 - 5/22/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 2

Position Description: This position will serve in support of the Monongahela National Forest's ecology and botany programs with an emphasis on native plant materials development on the South Zone of the Forest (Marlinton/White Sulphur and Gauley Ranger Districts). The intern will assist with seed collection, growing and after-care of native plants to be used in various restoration projects throughout the Monongahela National Forest including the conversion of mined land to native red spruce ecosystems. Essential duties and responsibilities will include: 
- Assist with identifying and collecting native plant materials in the field
- Assist with processing and storing plant materials for propagation
- Assist with propagation of native plants including sowing seeds, processing cutting and transplanting seedlings
- Perform routine plant maintenance including monitoring, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning and moving plants. 
- Maintain accurate records and complete data entry in an information tracking system.
- Assist with native plant material monitoring. 
- Perform native landscape care.
- Support and co-lead volunteer and education programs.
- Develop and perform outdoor presentation to engage a variety of audiences, including youth, while promoting conservation and habitat restoration.


Botany Internship with the US Forest Service

Location: Rocky Mountain Research Station (Alamogordo, NM)

Start Date: 5/15/2020 - 6/1/2020     Duration: 4 months     Number of interns: 2

Position Description: As part of the effort to develop habitat suitability models for rare plant species in the southwestern U.S., we will be conducting surveys for rare plants in the summer of 2020 to validate model results and identify existing or new populations of rare plants. We will focus this initial effort within the Southwestern Region (R3) which contains some of the most floristically diverse states in the nation. R3 National Forests cover Arizona and New Mexico, ranked 3rd and 4th in plant diversity, respectively. R3 National Forests are also an area of early design and initial pilot work on landscape scale forest restoration projects, providing defined projects that face the challenges of integrating fine scale stewardship within coarse scale landscape treatments.


Botany Internship with the Bureau of Land Management

Location: Owyhee Field Office (Marsing, ID)

Start Date: 5/15/2020 - 6/10/2020     Duration: 5.5 months     Number of interns: 1

Position Description: This internship position will primarily be engaged in predominately rare plant population monitoring and upland vegetation monitoring using AIM methodologies. BLM is a Federal land management agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The agency is responsible for multiple use management of natural resources on approximately 265 million acres of public land, primarily in the western United States. Ability to identify plants both in the field and in the office via dichotomous keys is an important function of the position. However, help with plant ID will be provided and IDs will be reviewed. Interns will be using maps, GPS equipment, and ArcMap/ArcPad GIS software to locate and document collections. Use of 4-wheel drive vehicles in rugged off highway situations will be daily. 
Projects may include inventory for rare plant species, plant studies, range monitoring, native plant restoration projects, riparian assessments, etc. Routine office work including record filing, database input, etc. will additionally be assigned. The Intern will be integrated into a field office setting with various resource management specialists. Where desired, limited interaction (shadowing or project help) with other specialists may be allowed. When or if available, the intern may participate in local BLM sponsored training sessions, outside symposia, and coordination meetings.


Botany Internship with the Forest Service

Location: San Bernardino National Forest (Big Bear Lake, CA)

Start Date: 6/1/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 1-2

Position Description: We are seeking motivated and energetic individuals to work on a southern California National Forest. Individuals will work on a team in the Ecological Restoration Program on the San Bernardino National Forest. Interns will be mentored by a Forest Service botanist and biologist with extensive experience restoring disturbed lands and conserving rare plant and wildlife habitat. Interns will enjoy the benefits of living in a small community in the mountains of southern California @ 7,000 feet. This is a great opportunity to gain experience, a flavor of life on a southern California National Forest, and to work on a Forest that supports a large number of rare plant (164) and wildlife (167) species. 

Interns will learn about the botany, rare plant and ecological restoration program as well as gain experience working with other bio/bots, volunteers, Urban Conservation Corps and our restoration partners. During the summer, interns will gain skills working on a team restoring degraded lands within the ecologically important Deep Creek Inventoried Roadless Area that contains a Critical Biological Zone and a stretch of Wild and Scenic River. Interns will assist with the monitoring/maintenance of other existing restoration sites in a variety of habitats (watering/weeding/sign/fence repair). They will also assist with surveys for a rare bumble bee and other rare butterfly pollinators within project sites. They will map milkweed and monarch eggs and larvae and grow and outplant milkweed. Interns will learn skills to identify, collect, and propagate native seed in our commercial size greenhouse using Best Management Practices and Clean Phytosanitary Standards to reduce introduction of the soil disease Phytophthora. They will also gain skills to utilize "work horse species" and to design restoration projects to promote rare and common pollinator habitat. Interns will also assist with our monthly Greenthumbs Volunteer Program. Other duties include restoration site data collection using iPads, some GIS mapping as applicable, and assisting in updating our volunteer website. All of this work will be performed in cooperation with Forest Service personnel and partners, and under the supervision of the mentors.


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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