WIldlink Alumni Resources

Here you will find resources to help you get back into the wilderness, find jobs in the outdoors, and renew your connection to the natural world.

Job Opportunities

Hello WildLink Community! We have a few incredible opportunities coming up that we wanted to share with you.

The YLPSI is hosting a 12-week summer internship in Yosemite that sets you up to work in a specific branch. This primarily serves UC Merced students but 2 spots are reserved for alumni of Youth in Yosemite programming. Last year we had a WildLink alumni intern with PSAR (Preventative Search and Rescue). Use this spectacular opportunity to build off of your experiences in the park, learn new skills, and explore the park with a new perspective.

The application deadline is February 9th. A $75 stipend will be included each week and housing will be provided at no cost by UC Merced and is located in Wawona, CA. Rooms will be shared and free backpacking/outdoor equipment will be available to use to create unforgettable memories.

You can find the application information https://www.nps.gov/yose/getinvolved/ylpintern.htm.

The second opportunity is right here at NatureBridge! Do you want to expand your appreciation of Yosemite by passing on your skills, expertise, and passion to the next generation of environmental stewards? Have you been looking for a way to create a positive impact and be an environmental steward? Then we have the position for you! The Environmental Science Educator (ESE) position is open to all candidates. NatureBridge is now accepting applications for ESE positions that will start in late August 2020.

Information about applications can be found at https://naturebridge.org/careers. The deadline is February 14th so get your applications ready! Come join our team!

The third opportunity is being shared from our previous Wilderness Programs Manager, Elizabeth Gerrits!

The American Conservation Experience (ACE) has its NPS EPIC internships posted right now. ACE is geared towards connecting recent graduates with agency mentors to apply their knowledge of resource management on actual park projects and programs. ACE works with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation-focused groups.

A variety of ACE EPIC positions can be found at https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/ ranging from Fire Effects Intern and Interpretation Intern in Grand Teton, NPS Academy Internship in Yellowstone, Colorado River District Intern in Rocky Mountain National Park, and so much more. Visit the website to find your inspiration!

NatureBridge’s Educator Development Program (EDP) is our final opportunity to share at this moment! This program in Yosemite is a seven-week, paid program for educators seeking to increase their experience with outdoor teaching and risk management. The program encourages and aims to increase representation of those who have had historical and systemic barriers to the field of outdoor education and consequently the workforce.

This seven-week program for educators who are seeking to increase their experience with outdoor teaching and risk management. The core training sessions will take place at NatureBridge in Yosemite over the first four weeks; collaborative teaching will happen in both Yosemite and at our Golden Gate campus in Sausalito, CA. The WFR training will take place in one of a variety of locations, based on availability.

Apply online by March 1, 2020!

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth that is under-represented in natural resource science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experience with the National Park Service. Established in 2013, this multidisciplinary program provides opportunities to work on inventorying and monitoring research, GIS and other technologies, and interpretation and education projects. After the internships, a career workshop is held in Washington DC where the interns present the results of their work, are exposed to different science careers, and develop skills to apply for a federal job.

The American Conservation Experience ACE’s conservation corps program is for American participants, aged 18-25 who are considering land management as a career path or potential course of study. Corps members serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation.

Student Conservation Association SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Conservation Job Board "The world’s largest and most-visited career website in conservation, ecology, forestry, wildlife, and fisheries."

USA Jobs Find jobs and internships in public lands including the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service

Ecological Society of America Job Board Jobs in biological and ecological sciences

Environmental Education Job Board

Wild Places

Sierra Wild


Information on Sierra Nevada Wilderness and tips for exploring our wild places.

Yosemite Backpacking

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm Information to help you plan your own trip in the Yosemite backcountry

Voices for the Wild

Latino Outdoors

Latino Outdoors inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and embraces cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.

Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!

Natives Outdoors

NativesOutdoors is a public benefit corporation whose products serve to support indigenous people. We work directly in the intersection of the outdoor industry, indigenous people, and conservation.

Diversify Outdoors

Diversify Outdoors is a coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQ+, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.

Their website has all sorts of resources from organizations to articles. You can also participate in their movement by using #diversifyoutdoors in your social media posts.



Buffalo Soldiers with Shelton Johnson A video by Shelton Johnson about the Buffalo Soldiers that served in Yosemite.

Natives Outdoors Runs Bears Ears & Grand Staircase Escalante Using outdoor recreation to promote conservation, responsible land management, and preservation of cultural history


Outside Voices is a monthly podcast driven by one simple idea: that the outdoors belongs to all of us. Our aim is to celebrate and amplify those who don’t always see themselves reflected in the “Great Outdoors”: Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+ folk, people with disabilities and others actively working to redefine the outdoor narrative.

Woke in the Woods: two women getting real about the outdoors and environmental field.

Wilder Minds Podcast: the courageous hearts that blur the boundaries of tradition, expectation and consequence.

WildLink was featured in a 2007 episode of the the WildeBeat podcast.

Outlandish is a podcast started by the United States Forest Service as part of our "Your Forests Your Future." campaign. Through this podcast we will bring you interesting and relevant stories about what's happening out on your public lands right now!

She Explores: inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and beyond

Safety Third takes you on a wild traverse of the ideas that define the outdoor community and the stories behind them. No topic is taboo. These episodes are especially awesome: "rebranding the outdoors," "be your ancestors wildest dreams," and "nature is a delicate fortune."

WildLink is a proud partner of the National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Nature Bridge.