Archive for February, 2009

Internship search 2

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2009 by thealdertree

Well… yesterday I was palnning on calling Frontenac after finding out that Bear Head Lake SP already had interns for the summer… I was going to call them right after taking aa shower, and when I was done with the shower I saw that Frontenac called me. So, maybe I’ll get an internship there, I had a chat with Brent Anderson about it- who I’m starting to get very familiar talking to after me trying to work there for grounds worker last summer, me volunteering there, and just myself going to the park. Hopefully I get to work there, but who knows… I’m just a college freshaman, so if anyone comes in with more college experience I’m probably screwed.

After talking with Frontenac, I called many other parks- most no one was there to pick up… but I talked to Lake Bronson State Park (most northwestern park in MN) and he sounded very intrigued in having me as an intern, it sounds very promising.

Then this morning I had Savana Portage SP call me (and wake me up), he informed me that currently they don’t have a position open, but is trying to get the state let them have an intern this year, if I ended up there I would most likely be a night patrol. He’s keeping my name and number just in case he gets the chance to have an intern.


This Lake Bronson SP is keeping me hopeful, I’m just trying to get my foot in the door to learn, and start my future with the parks system. I can’t wait to get out there and do something, this is beyond a job or career to me , it’s just so much more- I hope somone takes me  🙂

Becky Lake Trail in Bear Head Lake State Park

Becky Lake Trail in Bear Head Lake State Park


Internship search…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2009 by thealdertree

 I have been searching for internships… it’s not so easy.
 There are a ton of internships all over the US that I could do but not get paid for.

There are a couple in Alaska that sound plausable, one would be me conoeing down two rivers “in the middle of nowhere” and checking up on the few camp sites and visitors that pass through, informing them about bear safety and leave no trace methods. They give you cpr training and whitewater rescue training. Apparently they make you have a shotgun… just in case something bad happens. Just patrol the river, and camp/hike when need be.
There are alos some where I could help in Alaskan parks and wilderness assisting current employees with tasks.

Another internship is in Idaho where the job would be finding out the population of cutthroat trout in streams in one particualr forest. I have to be able and willing to hike 10 miles a day and be able to wade in water for up to 8 hours… 🙂 Also there are a couple other internships in Idaho that sound quite nice…

Then there are many internships in California, alot of them sound really interesting and possible, but I don’t like the heat…

A very promising internship is in Illinois in WMA’s working to preserve waterfowl habitat.

Another internship is at Voyageurs in MN, I don’t know if I’d be able to get that one.

I created a list of all the State Parks in Minnesota on saturday.. next weekend I plan on calling alot of them. Main parks I’m planning on calling are… Frontenac, Afton, Nerstrand Bigwoods, Bear Head Lake, Temperence, and Tettagouche. febeuary-5th-008