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Montana Working Lands Internship Program

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The Montana Rangeland Resources Committee and the Rangeland Resource Program at DRNC will provide a unique opportunity for two students the summer of 2021. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend two weeks at each of the six host/mentor’s ranch operations.

This internship is designed to offer beginning agriculturalists, natural resource and range specialists, biologists, soils majors or any student looking into natural resources, the real-world and hands-on experience implementing the educational tools already gained to a ranching operation. This paid internship will last for three months during the summer where interns will work and learn from mentoring ranchers from across the state of Montana.

A monthly wage will be paid with room and board provided by the mentoring/host ranch. Students majoring in any natural resource related field are recommended to apply for this opportunity. Please note that the Internship Program is not designed solely as a working ranch hand position, but students will be responsible to help in any way possible throughout the summer doing various chores that are necessary for daily ranch operations. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about rangeland monitoring, plant and weed identification, rotational grazing, ranch economics, erosion control, habitat conservation and much more.

There are two parts to the application process for the Rangeland Internship Program; approval of the application and essay and a phone interview with the Internship Selection Committee. Students will be contacted to schedule the interview.

Internship Highlights

  • Networking with ranchers, agency personnel and more
  • Hands-on working lands experience in a ranch environment
  • Ranches are geographically spread out across Montana
  • 1-3 college credit hours available (Student is responsible for applying to obtain credit hours.)

For more information contact Stacey Barta at 406-594-8481, or .


Working Lands Internship Program Flyer [PDF]

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Download Application Documents Below


Internship Application [Fillable Word Doc]

Host/Mentor Applications



Intern Application Deadline is February 1 of each year. 


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Named in honor of Aldo Leopold, Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award makes an impact by publicly recognizing extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners representing millions of acres, and influences the general public’s understanding of the importance of private working land in conservation.

The award is presented by the Sand County Foundation in partnership with Governor Greg Gianforte's Office, Montana Department of Agriculture, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Rangeland Resources Committee.

Annual finalists receive $10,000 cash and a commemorative crystal award.



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2021 Award | Watch Video

Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle and Guest Ranch | Townsend, MT 


2020 Award Watch Video

C Lazy J Livestock | Malta, MT