Early-Career Development Program

  • Looking to gain hands-on experience in fish and wildlife ecology, vegetation and habitat monitoring and management, historical restoration, natural resources planning, GIS, or related areas?
  • Interested in learning more about conserving the incredible natural and cultural resources found on our nation’s military lands?
  • Want to earn college credits (and dollars!) while living in unique areas close to military bases?

Early-career Development Program Overview

CSU’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) early-career development program is offering paid internship, mentorship, and workforce development opportunities on military installations.

If you are a student, recent graduate, or early-career professional who is interested in learning more about federal land management, these technician positions are the perfect opportunity to build connections, meet mentors, and gain hands-on experience. Working under the guidance of seasoned natural or cultural resource specialists, you will learn practical application and techniques. You’ll learn about careers in military lands management and have an opportunity to contribute to military conservation efforts. You will also increase your understanding of the regulatory framework and the complexities of managing natural and cultural resources. These opportunities will help you excel in your chosen field.

Program Housing

Housing is not provided for Early-career Development Program positions, though Furnishedfinder.com is a great resource for finding short-term rentals near the respective installations. In addition to searching your desired cities, you can create a Housing Request and property owners that meet your availability and criteria will reach out to you. Housing options include houses, apartments, extended stay hotels, and extra rooms. The turnaround for short term rentals can be as short as 1-2 weeks if needed.

Please review Furnishedfinder.com or other housing sites (including Apartments.com or Apartmentfinder.com with the short-term filter) prior to applying to ensure you can meet the needs of the position.

Early-career Development Program Stories

James Fujioka at Lake Mead

A career-changing student finds success through CEMML

With the help of CEMML’s Early-career Development Program, James Fujioka is making a transition from managing kitchens to managing natural resources. After beginning his career in the culinary arts, the added stress of working in the restaurant industry during the pandemic, combined with his love for the outdoors, made him rethink his career trajectory.

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Amber Bumgardner Mense Natural Resouces Management at CEMML

From pizza delivery to natural resources planning

Amber Bumgardner Mense always knew she wanted a career in the outdoors. After earning multiple associates degrees and certifications, volunteering every chance she got, and navigating a slow job market during the COVID pandemic, she came across an opening in CEMML’s Early-career Development Program. That experience led to a full-time position with CEMML as a Natural Resources Planning Specialist.

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tallest point at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

CEMML internship leads to full-time wildlife job in Alaska

Before finding CEMML, Corey Clements had no idea that a career as a biologist on a military base was possible. Following a string of short-term jobs after graduating from South Dakota State University, an opportunity in CEMML’s early-career development program brought him to Alaska, evolving into a full-time position.

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