In 2021, the JMT Wilderness Conservancy continues its internship program in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and will launch a second internship program in Kings Canyon National Park. Six Stanford University students will spend eight weeks in the backcountry working alongside rangers and scientists to complete restoration monitoring and archeological and biological resource surveys.
The Ansel Adams Wilderness Intern Cohort will be assigned to monitor the progress of the first year of multi-disciplinary restoration work in the Inyo National Forest from Shadow Lake to Ediza and Garnet Lakes.
The Kings Canyon Intern Cohort will be the first intern group to deploy in the southern Sierra Nevada. These students will be stationed in extremely remote wilderness in Evolution Valley and will be led by Allison Frye, the Conservancy’s JMT Field Supervisor. The Kings Canyon cohort will collect data crucial to inform the scope of the Conservancy’s second major wilderness restoration project, which would support four years of wilderness restoration in the southern Sierra!
Our interns will receive academic credit in their environmental-focused majors and gain a unique, hands-on research experience in the breathtaking Sierra Nevada backcountry. The internship programs will be managed by the Conservancy’s Claire Freeman.
We believe the JMT Internship Program is an important way to deliver practical field education and training for our future environmental leaders. This invaluable experience is funded entirely by generous people like you. Please donate today and help us to not only expand the internship program, but also support the urgent projects they serve.
See some of the projects that our interns completed in the 2020 season:
Endangered Frogs and Toads of the Eastern Sierra
A Field Guide to the JMT
Leave No Trace Principles
Illegal Campsites along the JMT
Click here to meet our JMT Intern Cohorts.