2020 Bitterroot Wildlife Internship Program
Each summer, Ecology Project International (EPI) and MPG Ranch partner to offer a unique internship for high school students that combines ecological education, conservation service work, and hands-on field research at the MPG Ranch in Lolo, Montana.
This internship will provide you with one-on-one interaction with research scientists and hands-on experience with conservation service work. You will create meaningful relationships and connections with other interns, instructors, and researchers while working and playing side-by-side. Outside of the research and conservation projects you will help cook meals, hike, swim, and build leadership skills while enjoying and learning about Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.
Each month-long internship session will be comprised of six interns. Interns are mentored by two EPI instructors and paired with MPG researchers to engage in ongoing research projects and complete their own project, which they will present at the end of their internship at an August symposium. All MPG staff, EPI staff, and interns’ friends and families are encouraged to attend the symposium.
Interns will spend Sunday through Thursday at MPG Ranch completing conservation service projects (approx. 10hrs/wk), conducting ecological research (approx. 6-16hrs/wk), and learning about the Bitterroot Valley’s ecosystem (approx. 6hrs/wk) by day. By night, interns will camp in provided tents. Conservation projects on the ranch might include invasive weed removal, improving fencing to promote animal migration, and native seed gathering. Potential research subjects include bird, soil, plant, small mammal, ungulate, insect, and bat projects.
This program is designed specifically for EPI's alumni who live in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
There are two 2020 internship session options, as well as two required pre- and post-internship events in which both sessions of interns will participate:
Session Schedule (Both Sessions):
Week 1: Sunday @ 1:00pm – Thursday @ 5:00pm
Weeks 2-4: Sunday @ 6:00pm – Thursday @ 5:00pm
*Please note that interns are responsible for their own accommodations from Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon.
Interns will receive a stipend of $30 per day (M-Th), totaling $480, after the successful completion of this internship. Transportation from EPI’s Missoula office to MPG Ranch on Sundays and back on Thursday evenings will be provided.
Additionally, meals, snacks, transportation, and camping gear will be provided at the ranch.
The application period will open Friday, December 20th and close Friday, January 24th. Interns will be selected based on the quality of their online application, participation in an in-person or video interview, and availability to participate in scheduled internship sessions. Apply by clicking the "Apply for this Job" button in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
About Ecology Project International:
Ecology Project International (EPI) is a non-profit education and conservation organization that offers experiential educational programs to students in a variety of outdoor settings. Students work alongside professional scientists on applied research projects and actively engage in conservation in national parks, forests, and reserves throughout the western hemisphere. For more information visit www.epiyellowstone.org.
About MPG Ranch:
With over 10,000 acres of conservation property in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, MPG stewards large landscapes for wildlife habitat and the enjoyment of future generations. MPG researchers specialize in restoration and ecology and seek new ways to restore land affected by invasive weeds, herbicides, and management practices. From ranch educational tours to teaching college courses to hiring interns, MPG seeks to inspire and train the next generation of scientists. For more MPG information visit www.mpgranch.com.
Have questions about the internship or the application process?
Contact Adam Bavier at either 406.218.2605 or email@example.com
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