Summer Student Internships

Do you love working in the woods? NMFWRI is looking for members for the summer student field monitoring crew!

As a summer student field crew member you will gain experience in the following areas (current experience a plus!):

  • Backcountry experience, including navigation, cooking, campskills, first aid, etc
  • Tree, shrub, and other plant identification abilities
  • Data entry & quality control
  •  Familiarity with ecological monitoring protocols, projects, and equipment (e.g. Brown’s transects, GPS units, densiometers)


  • Have an interest in forestry, natural resource management, and/or ecological restoration
  • Be a team player with a strong work ethic, attention to detail, a positive attitude, and good self-care
  • Be willing to hike, camp, and travel 4 days per week during the summer (sometimes out of cell range, in remote areas of New Mexico)
  • Be willing to work early mornings and long days; be willing to work in an office; be willing to work on a flexible schedule as needed to meet deadlines
  • Be a currently enrolled student
  • Starting pay: $12.50/hour, plus meals during field work

How to Apply

For questions and how to apply, contact:

Kathryn Mahan, Ecological Monitoring Program Manager, NM Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute

**If interested in staying with the Institute during the school term, please also indicate level of familiarity with Microsoft Office products, and include a writing sample**

  Call 505.426.2147                  Email Kathryn Mahan:

What a former intern has to say about the experience: 

“A mere two  years ago I was working for NMFWRI making less money than I had the summer before. But I had been told I needed to gain some experience in my field if I wanted to work in my field post-graduation, so I took a pay cut. That summer I learned a multitude of skills that apply to natural resources and forestry. I learned how to identify species using dichotomous keys outside of the classroom and I practiced field mensuration techniques that I continue to use. I could go on and on about the value of what I learned at the Institute, but the bottom line is it opened so many doors, I got to choose which one I wanted to walk through. I now work as a forester, cruising and marking timber on national forests all over the country. I make $25/hour with bonus. My time with NMFWRI laid the groundwork necessary to excel in my field and achieve my goals – all while having a good time. 

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.”

Zane Jones,

Former ditch digger, current forester