Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Celebrates Intern Graduation

On Monday, August 20 from 5-7 pm, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will host “Stories from the Bob: Youth Edition” at Casey’s in Whitefish, MT. The event features presentations from BMWF interns who just completed their Field Season in the backcountry. This event serves as their intern graduation and a moment to connect the community to their stewardship work over the summer.

Each year, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation offers internships to young, aspiring wilderness stewards looking for professional opportunities in the fields of natural resources or related fields. This year, the Foundation grew their internship program to include five Wilderness Ranger Interns and four interns in the Wilderness Conservation Corps.

The Wilderness Ranger Internship (WRI) is a field based training program for college students interested in pursuing natural resource related careers. Following three weeks of training with the BMWF, Wilderness Ranger Interns work alongside USFS Wilderness Rangers, volunteers, and other Forest Service staff to support wilderness management objectives within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Intern duties are tailored to the needs of the District that the intern is assigned to.

Wilderness Conservation Corps (WCC) is a semi-professional crew made up of college and high school youth that are selected based upon their desire to pursue natural resource careers, a proven work ethic, and the ability to participate in extended backcountry trips. WCC Interns work as a team under the supervision of an experienced Wilderness Crew Leader. Their summer internship includes three weeks of training followed by five 10-day backcountry projects. Project work includes trail maintenance, noxious weed removal, and campsite impact monitoring.

“Stories from the Bob” is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and a no-host bar is available. Doors at 5, presentations begin at 5:30. For more information, contact Jessica Shaw at trails@bmwf.org 

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