RANGELAND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Starting in 2013, this joint internship program was designed to offer students real-world ranching experience and resource management educational opportunities.
Program Mission & Goals
“The West is losing experienced land stewards. Ranchers are aging and federal land management agencies are faced with a looming loss of capacity. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of land stewards. In a unique partnership between the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, we are providing ranching experience and a rancher’s pragmatic perspective on resource management to students who may later pursue careers in resource management in either government or the private sector.”
This internship is designed to offer beginning agriculturalists and range specialists the real-world and hands-on experience implementing the educational tools already gained to a ranching operation. This paid internship will last for three months during the 2016 summer where interns will work and learn from mentoring ranchers from across the state of Wyoming. A stipend of $1,600 will be given at the end of each month with room and board supplied by the mentoring ranch. Students majoring in any natural resource related field are recommended to apply for this opportunity.
Students are asked to detail their learning goals and objectives to match them with a mentor that will create the best learning experience through the summer. Please note that the Rangeland Internship Program is not designed solely as a working ranch hand position, but students will be responsible to help in any way possible throughout the summer doing various chores that are necessary for daily ranch operations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about rangeland monitoring, plant and weed identification, rotational grazing, erosion control and much more.
There will be two parts to the application process for the Rangeland Internship Program; approval of the attached application and essay and if approved, a phone interview with the Internship Selection Committee.
Students will be contacted that week to schedule the interview.
College credit may be available for this internship, but is not guaranteed.
- Free housing
- Monthly Stipend of $1,600
- Networking with ranchers, agency personnel and more
- Hands-On Rangeland Experience in a ranch environment
- 1-3 College Credit Hours Available (Student is responsible for applying to obtain credit hours.)
For more information interns and mentors may contact WSGA at (307) 638-3942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For continuing education scholarships, contact WACD at (307) 632-5716