For the seventh 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 available for Summer 2018 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. The Internship is open to all high schoolers who have at least completed the 9th grade before the internship begins on June 4th (all high school grade levels are encouraged to apply).

Click here to see more detailed internship responsibilities and expectations.

The High School Natural Resource Internship is not a residential program. Walking Mountains Science Center does not have residential facilities. This program is intended for students who already have access to room and board in Eagle County.

Please contact Lara Carlson, Community Programs Director, with any questions at

To apply, please submit the following using the form below:

  • 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.
  • Document Upload

    Please upload your letter of interest, letter of recommendation, and the Natural Resource Internship Application (download here)