Project Description

JMT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

OBJECTIVE: The Conservancy, in partnership with Stanford University and University of California Merced, is developing an intern program to monitor the progress of wilderness restoration work in the JMT region.

JMT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

OBJECTIVE: The Conservancy, in partnership with Stanford University and University of California Merced, is developing an intern program to monitor the progress of wilderness restoration work in the JMT region.

The JMT Wilderness Conservancy is partnering with Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and the University of California Merced Sierra Nevada Research Institute to develop an undergraduate internship program to receive academic credit. Assigned to monitor progress on multi-disciplinary restoration work that we are funding along the John Muir Trail, qualified students will receive academic credit toward their chosen degree in several environmental disciplines.

We are starting in the 2020 season along the JMT through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We are sincerely thankful to the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for a grant to fund the development and organization of this program. During the course of the summer season, student interns from Stanford University will meet and coordinate with the Inyo National Forest’s scientific team in the fields of wilderness ecology, geology/hydrology, alpine biology and botany and archaeology. Beginning in late July, they will assess the degraded terrain and develop site-specific work plans in four areas: 1. the Shadow Lake corridor to Ediza Lake; 2. Garnet and Thousand Island Lake; 3. the Rush Creek headwaters at Marie, Rodgers and Davis Lakes; and 4. along Rush Creek between Waugh and Billy Lakes. The Inyo field team along with the JMT Interns will be provisioned for the duration of the season by pack-train deliveries of supplies and materials, much like the JMT outings of the early 20th century. This year, Stanford students will be receiving credit toward their majors in the Earth Systems Program and in Environmental Engineering.

We believe the JMT Internship Program is an important way to enhance the education and training of our future environmental leaders. John Muir himself firmly believed that experiencing the high Sierra Nevada was the best way to inspire such leadership in protecting our wilderness landscapes. Please donate to help us continue and expand this program!

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The JMT Wilderness Conservancy is partnering with Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and the University of California Merced Sierra Nevada Research Institute to develop an undergraduate internship program to receive academic credit. Assigned to monitor progress on multi-disciplinary restoration work that we are funding along the John Muir Trail, qualified students will receive academic credit toward their chosen degree in several environmental disciplines.

We are starting in the 2020 season along the JMT through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We are sincerely thankful to the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for a grant to fund the development and organization of this program. During the course of the summer season, student interns from Stanford University will meet and coordinate with the Inyo National Forest’s scientific team in the fields of wilderness ecology, geology/hydrology, alpine biology and botany and archaeology. Beginning in late July, they will assess the degraded terrain and develop site-specific work plans in four areas: 1. the Shadow Lake corridor to Ediza Lake; 2. Garnet and Thousand Island Lake; 3. the Rush Creek headwaters at Marie, Rodgers and Davis Lakes; and 4. along Rush Creek between Waugh and Billy Lakes. The Inyo field team along with the JMT Interns will be provisioned for the duration of the season by pack-train deliveries of supplies and materials, much like the JMT outings of the early 20th century. This year, Stanford students will be receiving credit toward their majors in the Earth Systems Program and in Environmental Engineering.

We believe the JMT Internship Program is an important way to enhance the education and training of our future environmental leaders. John Muir himself firmly believed that experiencing the high Sierra Nevada was the best way to inspire such leadership in protecting our wilderness landscapes. Please donate to help us continue and expand this program!

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