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SPEND THE SUMMER OUTSIDE: High School Student Internships Available!

To all of the high school students who dream of spending their summer outside...APPLY NOW! Interns get to spend their days in the forest, including a backpacking trip into the Scapegoat Wilderness. Applications for the internship are due Friday, April 13, 2018; and the internship runs from June 18th to August 2, 2018.

Learn more about this opportunity

As part of the Youth Forest Monitoring Program internship, students will receive one week of training alongside Forest Service scientists, learning forest ecology concepts and field protocol for monitoring streams, soils, vegetation, recreation areas, and black-backed woodpecker populations at the Montana Learning Center near Canyon Ferry Lake. Following this initial training, students and their field instructors begin their field work by monitoring between 45-50 sites on the National Forest, which will include areas that were burned in last year’s fire season. Along with these sites, students spend several days in the Scapegoat Wilderness applying all of their monitoring and data collection techniques in the backcountry. After their fieldwork is completed, students close-out their internshipe by giving a final report and oral presentation to Forest Service professionals and the public.

Upon successful completion of the intership, students will receive a $1,000 stipend from the Montana Discovery Foundation. This is given to the students after their final presentation.

Students will need to provide their own transporation to/from the Helena Forest Service office each day, but all transporation into the forest is provided by Forest Service through the experienced YFMP field instructors. Application packets are due by Friday, April 13th, and should be sent to: Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest; ATTN: Liz Burke, YFMP; 2880 Skyway Drive; Helena, MT 59602. Application packet should include, students need to include the following:

  • a cover letter that includes: contact information, a description of what you hope to gain by this experience, and special contributions you can make to this program;
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher; and
  • a school transcript.

Interviews will be scheduled with students after the application deadline.

Here what students said about their experience in YFMP on this YouTube video:

Group of youth in front of the Scapegoat wilderness sign


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