Environmental Studies

Internship Guidelines

Internship Placement Checklist

Students must follow these steps in order to enroll in the internship course.

  1. In order for students to be eligible for ENVS410, they must meet the following criteria:
  1. Have at least 60 cumulative hours completed before the internship begins
  2. Have completed ENVS100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  3. Have completed ENVS320: Research Methods and Design or a research methods course specified in the curriculum;
  1. Consult with Career Services (Tana Verzuh) and professor of  record to see which internships may be available;
  2. Secure internship with an internship contract and signed copies of behavior policy and release forms;
  3. Students must take a workshop in professional etiquette before the internship begins; and,
  4.  Students wishing to do their internship at the Environmental Center are to enroll in the Internship course during the Winter semester.

Internships from 2011 and 2012

Completed Internships 2011 2012  2013

City, County and State Intern Placements

City of Boulder, Parks & Recreation Department, plant monitoring, education xxxx  
Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Durango office, bear monitoring xxxx  
La Plata County Weeds Department, use GIS mapping for weed location & control xxxx  

Conservation Groups

Colorado Wild—work on Green Score Card for nation’s ski areas xxxx  
Great Old Broads for Wilderness—ATV use monitoring, wilderness planning xxxx xxxx  xxxx
Historicorps—stabilizing historic structures on public lands xxxx  
La Plata Open Space Conservancy—web design, plant monitoring, outreach xxxx  
Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt, Colorado—youth education, watershed issues xxxx  

Environmental Education

Alaska Center for the Environment, trailside discovery camp, Anchorage
Camp Chickami, Massachusetts
Colorado Youth Program, Boulder xxxx  
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Durango Early Learning Center
Durango Nature Studies—educate children, lead tours xxxx xxxx  xxxx
Ecologic—design & maintain solar powered/biodiesel beer truck xxxx  
Environmental Center, Fort Lewis College—education and outreach xxxx  xxxx
Wolf Sanctum, Bakersville, North Carolina

Environmental Tech Work: Research & Monitoring

Consumers Energy Sustainability Initiative—research & website work, Michigan xxxx  
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad—weed & fire monitoring xxxx  
Earthworks—collect & monitor information at gas well sites, La Plata County xxxx  xxxx
Fort Lewis College Physical Plant (natural landscaping) xxxx  
Four Corners Natives Nursery—germinate & establish seed crops xxxx  
4CORE—weatherization & sustainable building education xxxx xxxx  
Horizon Environmental Services—weed inventory & management, restore land xxxx  xxxx
KC Harvey, Environmental—wetlands mitigation near Pagosa Springs xxxx  
Ska Brewing—water quality sampling, analysis & research, Durango xxxx  
SME Environmental—office duties, field duties, technical research writing 

Organic Farming/Sustainable Agriculture/Natural Food Production

Ancient Future Farm—planting, cultivation, repairs & maintenance, Ignacio xxxx  
Animas Valley Farms—monitor soil research, help with field operations xxxx  
Banga’s Organic Farm, Mancos, CO—help with all aspects of planting xxxx  
Bloom Hill Farm, Bloomfield, Connecticut—clean storm debris, rototill xxxx  
Calwell Farm & Orchard, Durango—farm work & maintenance, soil assessment xxxx  
Culture Brothers Permaculture Project, Ignacio—all aspects of permaculture xxxx  
DPL Hydronics, Durango—botanical knowledge for customers, monitor plants xxxx  
Durango Compost Company—monitor & feed worm bins, research waste producers xxxx  
Durango Southside Community Garden—teach children to garden, organize volunteers xxxx  
Old Fort Agricultural Program—teach organic farming and marketing
Turtle Lake Refuge, Durango—grow wild & living food, prepare microgreens xxxx  xxxx
Twin Buttes Sustainable Community, Durango—develop 1.5 acres new garden space xxxx  

State & Federal Agencies—Public Land Management of Natural Resources

National Park Service, Mesa Verde National Park—preservation & natural resources xxxx  
National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area—cleanup
National Park Service, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District xxxx xxxx  xxxx
USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest, Aspen Ranger District xxxx  
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Landscape Conservation intern xxxx  
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Meeker, Colorado—survey lands
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, condor rehabilitation & habitat, Fillmore, CA xxxx  
U.S. Geological Survey, Policy & Scientific Analysis, bird research, Fort Collins xxxx  

Trail Building & Fire Control

Firewise --work on fire education for communities xxxx  
Four Corners Veterans Fire Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps xxxx  
Southwest Conservation Corps, crew member xxxx  
Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, Wildland Fire Crew xxxx  

Tribal Agencies

Bristol Environmental & Remediation, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Anchorage xxxx  
Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, Window Rock, Arizona
Squaxin Island Tribe Natural Resources Department, Shelton, Washington xxxx  

International Placements

Unite Our World, Uganda, Africa—build cinder block school xxxx