From our 2022 Packer Intern Scholarship Recipient:

“Hello, my name is Bailey Mello. I am 29 years old, and I live in Porterville, CA with my husband, our dog Tonks, and horses Jack and Rivenna. My time this summer working for Michael Morse and Lee Rosier was one for the books. I cannot express enough my thanks to them for choosing me as the 2022 BCHC intern. I learned so much from them this summer that I will use for years to come. Since packing was something, I already knew how to do they showed me a faster and safer way of doing it. This goes for anything that they do, it is done safely and always with a buddy. I had the opportunity to not only meet some amazing people but also work with a great group of people. The friendships that we made with each other will last a lifetime. I will forever cherish this adventure and experience.”

-Bailey Mello

Thank you Bailey!

BCHC Packer Internship Scholarship Information:

  • BCHC Intern Description:
    Backcountry Horsemen of California and the US Forest Service with Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps have been working together to present the USFS Pack Stock Center of Excellence Apprenticeship Intern Program.

    The mission of this program is to recruit and train an Intern that may become the new generation of highly skilled packer, trail workers, wilderness managers and volunteers that have a strong desire to protect our public lands, while preserving traditional wilderness skills and maintaining accessibility. This is an all-inclusive training program in the use of pack stock as a traditional tool, humane stock handling and packing procedures. Mule and horsemanship as well as safety, are the cornerstones that this training is based on. Also included in the program is; Leave No Trace (LNT) practices for stock users, wilderness management, trail maintenance and all the details that go into a safe, productive and efficient, packing operation. The Packer Intern will develop the skills and knowledge to help perpetuate the common sense use of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness and will develop the skills and knowledge to help work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use; whether as an employee of the agencies, or as a private citizen.

    The Internship costs BCHC about $13000* for the 12 week program and we are looking for help in funding, please give what you can!
A donation to our 501c3 non-profit, the BCHC Eduction Fund Inc., will help
Backcountry Horsemen of California in our mission of education and is completely tax deductible! 
Click Here to Donate to the BCHC Packer Intern Scholarship via Paypal
* Any donations over the needed amount for this year’s intern will be held in a fund for next year’s intern.
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