Description of agency and internship overview:
The Henry's Fork Foundation is the only organization whose sole purpose is to conserve, protect, and restore the unique fisheries, wildlife, and aesthetic qualities of the Henry's Fork and its watershed.
There are three options to choose from for Henry's Fork and the application will ask for your top two choices.
1. Program and Data Analysis Intern
The intern would be in charge of conducting a comprehensive internship program review and analysis through searching HFF’s newsletter and other records, contacting past interns, and conducting interviews with selected interns. This kind of information will help inform HFF where we are succeeding and who the internship program is serving. It will also help identify where current efforts may not be worthwhile and how we can improve our recruiting or consider any unconscious biases. The expected deliverable is a finalized project report with an analysis summary. Outdoor fieldwork will be rare for this intern, they may help put up fence lines with other interns, assist other interns with their fieldwork, or be outdoors for fundraising and outreach events, but they will not be outdoors for their independent project.
2. HFF Project Monitoring Intern
The intern will research and monitor a sample of conservation projects completed in past years by HFF as the primary project partner. The intern will fill in a monitoring report for different types of projects, and then visit sites to collect data on site condition, including photos. The intern will end the internship by finalizing a report summarizing their findings and presenting on their efforts at the HFF Summer Seminar Series. We estimate 2 days per week will be spent in the field.
3. South Fork Initiative Access Catalog Intern
The primary responsibility of the intern will be to catalog access sites and designated camping locations along the South Fork Salmon River with the goal of creating a resource that river users can use to have safe and responsible experiences on the river. The intern will visit all South Fork Salmon River access sites and campsites locations in the Canyon Reach, record pertinent information about these locations (including photo documentation), and compile the information into a document (Word document and organized folder including photographs). Then, the intern will create a webpage or ArcGIS Storymap georeferencing the site information for public use. We estimate that near the beginning of the internship most days will be spent in the field, and once the information has been gathered, the intern will spend much more time in the office.
The more individual tasks for each internship are listed in our advertisement. (linked below)
Housing provided living with the other Foundation interns.
- Participate in a multi-day orientation period
- Participate in hydrology and data analysis mini courses included in the first two weeks of the internship
- Assist with fundraising events - particularly Henry's Fork Days
- Put up fencing lines to keep cattle from eroding the riparian zone
- Attend weekly seminar series with professional speakers from various fields. Interns will present at the seminar series during their last two weeks of the internship
Bill Lane Center internships are part of Cardinal Quarter opportunities and we encourage students from all disciplines to apply to our opportunities. The opportunities are full-time (35-40 hours a week) for 10-weeks during the summer. Specific start and end dates can be coordinated directly with the supervisor.
We encourage all class levels to apply for these opportunities. Students majoring in Communications, Environmental Science, Biology and Earth Systems may be interested in these positions.
Note: Students are only eligible for one Stanford-funded full-time experiential learning opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year (inclusive of summer).
For more helpful application advice, please visit the BLC’s FAQs page.
General interest in watershed management and conservation from the perspective of a non-profit organization
Good written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently on some tasks and as a member of team on others
Good time management skills
Flexibility in work assignments
Ability to share living space with four other interns
Valid driver’s license
Ability to swim and work comfortably outdoors in and around water in a variety of weather
Selection of applicants:
Complete applications are screened and finalists are contacted for an interview with staff from the Bill Lane Center for the American West. The top candidates for each position are forwarded to the agency for direct interviews with their potential supervisors and other agency staff. Host agencies will then notify the Lane Center of their preferred candidate and that applicant will receive an internship offer by email. The applicant is expected to respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to the offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts an offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.