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Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references directly to Chris Woolridge at: Please reference an internship position below that you are applying for. Please do not create an account until you are hired for a position.

We are currently accepting applications for the following CLM Internship positions:


Botany Internship with the Forest Service

Location: San Bernardino National Forest (Big Bear Lake, CA)

Start Date: 6/1/2020     Duration: 5 months     Number of interns: 1-2

Position Description: 

We are seeking 2 motivated and energetic individuals to work on a southern California National Forest as Conservation and Land Management (CLM) Interns.

These Seeds of Success interns will assist in locating, mapping and seed collection of 3 species of native milkweed, the host plant for the monarch butterfly. They will also collect seeds of the monarch’s favorite nectar rich plants. Interns will utilize Seeds of Success protocol to clean and store the seed. They will also propagate seed and learn to design restoration projects to enhance habitat for the monarch butterfly utilizing the USFS “Conservation and Management of Monarch butterflies: a Strategic Framework and the Western Monarch Conservation Plan 2019-2069. Seeds will be propagated in our commercial size greenhouse using Best Management Practices and Clean Phytosanitary Standards to reduce introduction of the soil disease Phytophthora. 

Interns will also assist with our monthly Greenthumbs Volunteer Program to enhance monarch habitat. Monarch restoration work will occur in the ecologically important Deep Creek Inventoried Roadless Area that contains a Critical Biological Zone and a stretch of Wild and Scenic River. Interns will assist with monitoring and maintenance of 13.5 acres of recently restored monarch habitat within a variety of vegetation communities (watering/weeding/sign/fence repair). Some survey will be conducted for monarchs, Crotch bumble bee and 2 other rare butterfly pollinators within restoration project areas. Interns will learn about the botany, rare plant and ecological restoration program as well as gain experience working with other bio/bots, volunteers, Urban Conservation Corps and our restoration partners. This internship is an opportunity to learn milkweed identification, SOS seed collection protocol, botanical and ecological restoration skills including native and invasive plant identification, manual weed removal, and pollinator and grant management.

During this time, the individuals will work on the Ecological Restoration Program team on the San Bernardino National Forest. Interns will be mentored by a Forest Service botanist and biologist with extensive experience restoring disturbed lands and conserving rare plant and wildlife habitat. Interns will enjoy the benefits of living in a small community in the mountains of southern California @ 7,000 feet. This is a great opportunity to gain experience, a flavor of life on a southern California National Forest, and to work on a Forest that supports a large number of rare plant (164) and wildlife (167) species.


The Conservation and Land Management (CLM) internship program places early-career scientists in five-month paid internships to assist professional biologists with land management and conservation projects. Since 2001, the CLM program has successfully placed over 1350 interns, providing them with a rich experience from which to launch their professional careers. 

CLM Internship Benefits 
CLM internships are paid internships! ​
 Explore your career goals and expand your resume 
Experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity in the beautiful western US
Make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations
Learn what it's like to work at a federal agency
Apply your education to important conservation projects

Most of our internships are located in the western US, where the majority of public land occurs. Federal partners include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. D. A. Forest Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Non-profit partners include the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank.​

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