Natural Resource Summer Internship for High School Students

For the sixth summer in a row, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and the United States Forest Service, Walking Mountains Science Center will be offering its Natural Resource Internship for high school students. Twelve interns will earn college credit and be paid a weekly stipend to conduct conservation field work for the USFS. Interns will gain experience collecting data, restoring trails and habitat, removing invasive species, and inventorying trout populations. Interns will also earn 4 Special Topics credits from Colorado Mountain College, hike multiple mountains and valleys, and spend three days at the Polar Star Inn of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System on the slopes of New York Mountain over the course of the 8-week internship. Interns will gain experience in natural resource monitoring and management, gain exposure to careers in the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, and have a unique opportunity to explore and study remote areas of the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District that few people visit.

12 positions are open and applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled. Applicants must have completed 9th grade before the internship begins on June 5, 2017. To apply, please submit the following:

•  A one-page letter of interest explaining: why you are interested in this internship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and why you think you are well suited to participate in this program.

• One letter of recommendation (from a teacher, coach, other employer, etc.)

• This completed application form.Application form

Click here to see internship responsibilities and expectations

Please submit applications and inquiries to Drew Trogstad-Isaacson, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at


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