Right now, Bear Trust has volunteer internship opportunities available to graduate and undergraduate 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), earn co-authorship on a science-based curriculum, and help bridge the gap between research and education.

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

Meet Our Interns!

Current Internship Opportunities:

1.  Help Bear Trust Create a STEM Lesson Based on Wolf Science

Bear Trust is in the beginning stages of compiling historical and ecological information about wolf populations and their recovery, which we will include in a science-based data-rich STEM lesson for high school youth.  Wolves?  But I thought Bear Trust focused only on bears?  We DO work for bears, but we also work for all wildlife species.  Right now, there is a need for creating an objective, science-based lesson on wolves for our high school youth.  We are seeking an intern who is highly passionate about science, conservation, and wildlife.  If you already have experience with wolf science, that’s even better (but not necessary).  Bear Trust will collaborate with this intern to create a science-based conservation lesson that includes real-world data.  Interested?  Please contact Melissa:

2.  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:

3.  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 high school students and their teachers.

We are seeking motivated graduate students and undergraduate students who are interested in collaborating with Bear Trust and our partner scientists to create the following lessons, which will be part of The Bear Book Volume II and Curriculum Guide:

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

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

4.  Grant writer

Bear Trust is seeking a motivated graduate student who is interested in earning experience as a grant writer.  Potential employment available after internship to successful applicant.

Project Initiatives

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

Contact Info

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