Internship Program

Karen & Sam having fun harvesting Huachuca Agave for use in restoration.

Karen Gravely & Sam Parrott, 2015 summer interns, having fun harvesting Huachuca Agave for use in restoration.

Who: Anyone with passion and enthusiasm for conservation that is looking to build skills. From recent high school grads to undergrad and graduate students, and folks pursuing new careers. You must live in Patagonia or be able to commute to Patagonia regularly for the length of the internship. The work we do is at the cutting edge of collaborative conservation, we are developing ideologies, methods, and ways of working together in a very dynamic place. We hope you find this process challenging and highly rewarding.
Molly is the movement organizer.

Collect Seeds across the Madrean Archipelago.

Focus: We offer a platform of opportunities (see below) for your time to be as general or specific as you choose. As a member of the BR team, you will be introduced to various facets of collaborative conservation.  Part of your time will be spent in your focus area, with other time devoted to helping out the team. This is to give you a better variety of experience, and to help us fill gaps. Focus area topics will be guided by BR’s needs and your skills and interests.

Jose learns about sustainable ranching by monitoring grassland health through high-tech vegetation survey at the Santa Fe Ranch

Interns can build their own scientific research or join in ongoing projects, like BECY Interns, who learned about rangeland monitoring in 2014.

Schedule: The first week will be introducing you to the people and the projects that are BR. After that, you will have the opportunity to work in a specific area(s) of interest.
Length: Custom, but usually 1-6 months anytime throughout the year, though our most active time is April – September. We’ll maintain a 2-4 week trial period, depending on the length of the internship. Work from 10-40 hours a week.
Expenses: This is a no-money-exchanged internship. You will be responsible for room, board, and travel expenses; however we will help you connect with limited housing options in Patagonia.  There is no charge, as BR benefits greatly by the work you do. BR does not currently have funds to pay interns, except through the experience you gain and networks you create. Past interns have received jobs, scholarships, and full tuition waivers after working for BR.
Process: Please contact us regarding your interest, and be prepared to provide us with a resume or CV and a brief statement expressing your interest, applicable background, availability, and if you will be looking for housing in Patagonia. We will respond with opportunities for you to come meet us. In the mean time, please explore our website and like us on Facebook to get a better understanding of who we are and where you might fit in.


Construct rainwater harvesting basins as a watershed restoration intern.

Construct rainwater harvesting basins as a watershed restoration intern.

*Watershed Restoration Intern: Hands-on learning of BR’s 3-pillar restoration strategy. From restoring natural processes with simple erosion control techniques to spring and native plant restoration to community projects, and biological monitoring, our watershed restoration interns are our “boots on the ground.” Have an opportunity to work in the newly acquired Wildlife Corridor: be a part of the team that works to support wildlife while living off the land. The watershed restoration intern is a great opportunity for ranchers, farmers, conservationists, and permaculture enthusiasts. You will receive valuable tools you can use to steward the land you manage or work.

 *Restoration Horticulture Intern: A growing field in restoration, come learn propagation techniques for locally-adapted native plants, from seed collection to installation at our Madrean Archipelago Plant Propagation (MAPP) Center. After being a restoration horticulture intern, you will be well-equipped to continue in the fields of ecological restoration, botany, horticulture, land management, or take what you learn and create something similar in your home watershed. A desire to play in the dirt and attention to detail is all that is required.
*Environmental Education Intern: Assist in the growing Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) institute. Inspire local high school students through hands-on experience. As part of the outreach team, you will also assist in organization & facilitation of educational events and workshops. After being an environmental education intern, you could continue on to become an educator, interpretive ranger, or work in the ecological restoration field. This position requires some previous experience in youth education and a background clearance card.
Be an ecological restoration advocate at local events as an outreach intern.

Be an ecological restoration advocate at local events as an outreach intern.

*Outreach Intern – Help us present our story to the world by using your talents to visually tell the BR story. Pick a topic area from any of our projects or conservation issues that interests you. Deliverables include Facebook posts and blog entries: travel around to project sites, capturing our work and our collective voice. More options for this intern include expansion of social media outlets, for example: twitter, instagram, You Tube and/or Vimeo that highlights our collective work. As part of the outreach team, you will also assist in organization & facilitation of educational events and workshops. This position requires some previous experience in social media and photography; photography equipment is required (a smart phone is fine, but more advanced gear is preferred), but we can look into grants/donation to help us acquire needed gear. This is a great match for someone looking for experience in graphic design, visual storytelling, social media, marketing, ecological restoration, and environmental education.

*Independent Research Intern: BR worksites are a platform for scientists to ask questions and perform research. For example, we have collaborated with scientists from USGS who ask hydrology questions, social scientists from NAU studying the impact of the BECY Institute on youth interns, and with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, who look at impacts of native plants on pollinators. The Babocomari Ranch project is an example of a research platform.  Please come use our work sites and expertise to help guide your research!
Restoration Economy at work: Interns Carmen Martin and Cooper Seibert transfer native plants from 4" to 1 gallon pots. In one morning, these two transferred a couple hundred plants - way to go!

2013 Interns Carmen Martin and Cooper Seibert potting up seedlings of native plants

  • Our Mission

    The mission of Borderlands Restoration is to reconnect wildlife, land, and people in the Arizona/Sonora Borderland region by involving people in restoring the ecosystem on which we depend.

  • Contact

    PO Box 1191
    299 McKeown Ave, Suite #3
    Patagonia, AZ 85624

    (520) 216-4148