Environmental Education, Biodiversity and Stewardship Internship

We are currently accepting applications for our 2019 Environmental Education, Biodiversity and Stewardship Seasonal Employment/Internship Program at Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

A 6-month employment is available starting January 15, 2019 and ending July 15, 2019. We are seeking outdoor enthusiasts who have a passion for environmental education and land stewardship. They will help inspire and teach up to 2,500 guests during their time here as well as building experience for a potential career in a related field. Assistance with maintaining our 5,500-acre outdoor classroom is also a vital role in the internship. Training in facets such as public speaking, biological surveying and land stewardship are provided.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with site tours and school visits
  • Public speaking on topics such as land ethics, water conservation, endangered species, and bat conservation
  • Assistance with ongoing biodiversity project which includes areas such as amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles
  • Assistance in work with endangered species
  • Maintaining nature trails for use in educational programs
  • Assistance in fundraising events
  • Assistance in building an archival library of photos and slides from previous years


This internship allows hands-on training in a variety of subjects. Depending on work ethic and interest you can develop and build career skills for a range of jobs. These jobs include, public/private education, biological fieldwork, wildlife management, range management, water conservation and park maintenance to name a few. A wide range of visitors come to the ranch on a daily basis, which exposes you to many different career fields not listed.

Housing is provided in an onsite 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom research house with utilities provided. Access to a ranch vehicle for onsite work is also provided. Many meals will also be provided through ranch programs as well as with staff families. A modest monthly stipend will also be given for food, gas, and incidentals.


Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve is an ongoing habitat restoration project that has received numerous state and national awards in its 50 years of existence. Experiences here are recognized and respected on resumes and college transcripts. Our internship is designed for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students. It can be ideal for those in between schooling or taking their next step toward their professional career. Work hours are not traditional Monday thru Friday 9-5, hours include some weekends and nights.

Candidates must have the following skills

  • Outward enthusiasm for nature and the environment
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Manage calendars and keep daily log of activities
  • Ability to work around changing schedules and priorities
  • Good verbal communication skills, comfortable speaking in public
  • Must like and be comfortable around kids, as they make up over half our visitations
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve
  • Receptive to the watch and learn training method (observe how a task is done and then doing it)

How to Apply

Submit a resume, personal philosophy statement and letter of recommendation by Dec 9, 2018, interviews to follow with a decision by Dec 20, 2018. The personal philosophy statement should include what you love about nature. Why would Selah be important to your life experience? We are looking for something about you that does not come across from a transcript, stories about places and people that have formed you and your love for nature. We want this experience to be beneficial for you as well as us.

Email your application materials to Colleen Gardner.