Recruiting for Wildlife Brigade Internships

Wildlife Brigade Ranger Manages "Bear Jam"

February 12, 2009
For the second consecutive year, Grand Teton National Park is partnering with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) to offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent alumnae who are interested in wildlife biology, interpretation and/or park management. The park and GYC are recruiting to fill two internship positions designed to provide a safe wildlife-viewing experience for visitors and wildlife along park roads, in developed areas, and on popular trails. Individuals selected for these paid, full-time summer positions will gain significant knowledge related to animal behavior, bear management, and natural history, as well as park and recreation management.

Interns will become members of Grand Teton National Park’s Wildlife Brigade — an interdisciplinary team responsible for promoting ethical wildlife viewing practices. The brigade assists with traffic and people management during roadside wildlife jams, performs patrols in developed areas to look for unsecured food and other bear attractants, educates visitors about bear safety at trailheads and on popular trails, and provides interpretive education for park visitors about wildlife and other park resources.

The 12-week internships will take place from May through September when wildlife-human conflicts are most common. Interns will work closely with National Park Service staff while managing situations where people are in close proximity to bears, moose, and other large mammals. Monetary compensation for the two internships is $12 per hour; volunteer uniforms are provided and park housing is available for a nominal cost. Interns must posses a valid driver’s license. A personal background check may be required before being employed.

Applications are due by March 11, 2009. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter addressing an interest in the internship and relevant experience, and a resume outlining experience and education — including contact information for three references (at least one previous work supervisor). Students may use this to satisfy academic requirements such as a senior thesis or required internship. Email applications with a subject line of “Grand Teton Internship” to

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Amy McNamara, GYC's national parks program director, at 406.586.1593.