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 credit 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;
  2. Consult with Career Services (Tana Verzuh) and professor of  record to see which internships may be available;
  3. Secure internship with an internship contract and signed copies of behavior policy and release forms;
  4. Students must take a workshop in professional etiquette before the internship begins; and,
  5. Students wishing to do their internship at the Environmental Center are to enroll in the Internship course during the Winter semester.
Completed Internships 2011 2012 2013 2014

City, County and State

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

Conservation Groups

Conservation Colorado—Work on Hermosa Creek Drainage Conservation Area X
Colorado Wild—work on Green Score Card for nation’s ski areas X X
Great Old Broads for Wilderness—ATV use monitoring, wilderness planning X X  X X
Historicorps—stabilizing historic structures on public lands X X
La Plata Open Space Conservancy—web design, plant monitoring, outreach X
Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt, Colorado—youth education, watershed issues X X
San Juan Citizens Association—work on water and air quality campaigns X
San Juan Mountains Association—front desk inquiries, children’s camp X

Environmental Education

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

Environmental Tech Work: Research & Monitoring

Animas Landscaping—all aspects of stonework, planting xeriscapes X
Consumers Energy Sustainability Initiative—research & website work, Michigan X X
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad—weed & fire monitoring X X
Earthworks—collect & monitor information at gas well sites, La Plata County X  X X
Fort Lewis College Physical Plant (natural landscaping) X X
Four Corners Natives Nursery—germinate & establish seed crops X X
4CORE—weatherization & sustainable building education X X X
Horizon Environmental Services—weed inventory & management, restore land X  X X
KC Harvey, Environmental—wetlands mitigation near Pagosa Springs X X
Rio Blanca Ranch, Archuleta County—ranching, fencing, trail rides, bear mitigation X
Scapegoat Landscaping, Durango X
Ska Brewing—water quality sampling, analysis & research, Durango X X
SME Environmental—office duties, field duties, technical research writing    X X

Organic Farming/Sustainable Agriculture/Natural Food Production

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

State & Federal Agencies—Public Land Management of Natural Resources

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

Trail Building & Fire Control

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

Tribal Agencies

Bristol Environmental & Remediation, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Anchorage X X
Get Out the Native Alaska Vote, Alaska X
Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, Window Rock, Arizona   X X
Squaxin Island Tribe Natural Resources Department, Shelton, Washington X X

International Placements

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