Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Wilderness Interns

2017 Wilderness Interns

Meet the 2017 Wilderness Interns



Meet Tyler Shaw! He grew up in Royal Center, Indiana, playing sports and enjoying beekeeping, fishing, and hunting in his free time. After high school, he attended a National Outdoor Leadership School semester kicking of his outdoor career. Then he studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Colorado Mountain College. Tyler enjoys rock climbing, hiking, ice climbing, and canyoneering as his favorite outdoor activities to do.








Shannon grew up exploring the woods and rivers of Pennsylvania as early as she can remember. She went on to get a degree in Geography from Mansfield University (also in PA), focusing on watershed management and cartography. Since graduating, Shannon had jobs counting bison in Montana, lifeguarding in Colorado, monitoring raptors in Yellowstone, and as a lift operations manager for a ski resort in Pennsylvania. She has a passion for skiing, photography, and exploring new places, and absolutely cannot wait to hike deep into the wild AB backcountry to help lessen human impact and promote environmental stewardship!





Kyle Dee is an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He grew up in the suburbs of the Washington metropolitan area about as far from the unfettered natural landscapes of Montana as a person can be. His passion for the outdoors comes from a childhood literary fascination with folk conservation heroes like Aldo Leopold and John Muir, and from some chance experiences he’s had to both travel and work in public lands out West. Kyle is passionate about conserving and experiencing the natural world in as authentic and holistic a way as is possible, and hopes to spread those sorts of opportunities to others through working with the ABWF.




My name is Ryan Mielke. I was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico; a town entirely devoted to scientific research. My family had a great passion for the outdoors, so I spent a large part of my early life exploring the mountains of Northern New Mexico. I became a trail runner in middle school and competed in track and cross country throughout high school. Eventually I found that my true passion lies in the raw experience of the mountains, so I decided to pursue my education at Montana State University. These days I spend my time mountain biking, rock climbing, hunting, and skiing. I aspire to one day be a great ski mountaineer, and Bozeman is certainly the perfect place for me to chase that dream!



Want to spend a lot of time living and working outdoors, doing meaningful (and strenuous) work that benefits our trails in the A-B Wilderness?  Read through our Wilderness Internship job description.  Then GO to the Student Conservation Association (SCA) website and apply for one of our positions through them!

Since 2012, the ABWF has hired 13 enthusiastic, conservation-minded young people into the field to help staff our programs during the busy summer season.  Next could be YOU!

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