Right now, Bear Trust has volunteer internship opportunities available to graduate students.  In exchange for working with us on a semester-long special project, you can earn credits toward your degree (assuming approval by your major advisor and university).  If you help develop a data-rich education lesson plan, you can earn co-authorship on the lesson plan, and help bridge the gap between research and education.

To request an application, please contact Dr. Melissa Reynolds-Hogland:

Current Internship Opportunities:

1.  Mini Research Project on All 8 Bear Species

Bear Trust is in the beginning stages of updating our Bear Basics pages on our website.  We are seeking an intern to help us with this project.  Here’s what we envision:  for each of the 8 bear species, we want to provide updated information on things like habitat, foods, IUCN status, etc. including citations for where information was gathered so that viewers can dig in deeper if they wish.  For each species, we also want to include a jazzy distribution map.  Interested?  Please contact Melissa:

2.  Help Develop a Bear-Based Conservation Lesson for High School Students

Bear Trust is currently working with bear scientists worldwide, who share some of their data with us.  We then translate these data into STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) lessons that we provide for free to students and their teachers.

We are seeking motivated graduate students who are interested in collaborating with Bear Trust and our partner scientists to create the following lessons, which will be part of The Student Scientist Series:

Lesson Example 1:  Use real data from a study on maternal behavior of Giant Panda Bears to create a data-rich lesson for high school students

Lesson Example 2:  Help create a lesson about grassroots conservation that links to a story about how a community used grassroots efforts to help conserve spectacled bears in Peru

3.  Organize Photo Data

Bear Trust is currently seeking an intern who is detail oriented to help organize a large data base of photos of American black bears, which we will use as part of our upcoming lesson plan.

Graduate students do not need to reside in Montana to participate in this program.   Please contact Melissa at Bear Trust to learn more:










Project Initiatives

Bear Trust focuses on 4 primary project initiatives: 1) Conservation Education 2) Bear Research & Management 3) Habitat Conservation 4) Conservation Policy

Contact Info

PO Box 4006
Missoula, MT 59806
Phone: (406) 523-7779

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