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Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship: Launch Your Career with the U.S. Forest Service

Students work part-time with the Forest Service while earning a degree in Sustainability Studies or Natural Resource Management

Paid interns gain hands-on experience in public land stewardship through part-time employment with the Forest Service, while pursuing a Bachelors in Sustainability Studies (BASS), an Associates in Natural Resource Management (AAS), and/or a Certificate of Completion in Public Lands Stewardship.

The Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship program is a rigorous project-based internship co-developed by CMC faculty and the U.S. Forest Service to train the next generation of land managers and natural resource specialists. And provide a pathway to employment.

Join this first-of-its kind in the nation, two-year paid internship program. Upon completion, you’ll have the competitive advantage of being considered an existing federal employee when applying for full-time jobs with the Forest Service or other federal land management agencies!

Photo: At the Regional Forester’s Honor Award ceremony: Nathan L. Stewart, Program Director and Associate Prof of Sustainability Studies; Autumn Grennier, Rocky Mountain Land Management Fellow serving White River National Forest; Brian Ferebee, Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region; Eric Ganshert, Rocky Mountain Land Management Fellow serving Routt National Forest.

Awarded for Innovation

The USDA/U.S. Forest Service awarded the RMLMI Program the Regional Forester’s Honor Award.

Work and study in the heart of Colorado’s national forests

Participants can base their internships at CMC’s Steamboat Springs or Leadville campuses. Both locations provide access to exceptional CMC faculty and Forest Service supervisors, advanced coursework in the natural and physical sciences, and unparalleled access to Colorado’s montane ecosystems.

Working side-by-side with CMC faculty and Forest Service rangers, interns will participate in an intensive field-based learning and research experience in public lands stewardship. Forest Service work opportunities will focus primarily in recreation management, with an emphasis on remote and dispersed wilderness areas, highly developed recreation areas, and permitted operations, including ski resorts and guide services.

Work opportunities may include:

  • Ski area operations monitoring
  • Recreation event permitting and monitoring
  • Outfitter and guide permit review
  • Developed site monitoring and patrol
  • Public lands awareness campaigns and outreach efforts

Who should Apply?

The Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship program is ideal for highly motivated individuals who are passionate about the stewardship, conservation, and sustainable use of our federal public lands.

Interns will emerge from the program with the skills, training, and experience necessary to meet the growing demand for recreation managers and natural resource specialists. Colorado Mountain College and the U.S. Forest Service are your pathway to an exciting career in public lands stewardship.

Internships begin Fall 2019 - Apply Now!

The Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship program will begin in Fall 2019. Compensation includes all or some of the intern's tuition, room, board, and stipend.

See How to Apply / Eligibility

Application opens February 2, 2019.

Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Questions about the program can be directed to USFSpartnership@coloradomtn.edu.

Learn more about our mountain communities, unique campus locations, and partner Forests here:

CMC Steamboat Springs and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

CMC Leadville and White River National Forest