Education/Interpretation Intern


The need for preserving all of our nation’s history has never been greater, we’re counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. Participants gain real world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title: Education/Interpretation Intern
NPS Unit Name: Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO
Position Dates: May 29th – August 3rd, 2018
Position Description:    
Education / Interpretation: researching, developing, and presenting interpretive talks/programs on the natural resources or cultural history of the area; communication materials/strategies, trail guides, or other educational materials covering one or more resource topic; collaborating with scientists and park interpreters to develop interpretive programs that integrate traditional ecological knowledge of local communities with citizen science; assisting with curating and cataloguing park’s natural resources; and developing natural and cultural resource educational curriculum and activities. Positing includes helping with informal visitor questions at the park visitor centers and outside contacts area including the Sheep Lakes Information Station, Junior Ranger Headquarters and various visitor center operations. For the first two full weeks of training, interns experience an introduction to the Interpretive Development Plan, climate change, current research and an overview of the natural and cultural history of the park. Training includes safety trainings as well as trainings on radio use, First Aid/CPR, Driving, Job Hazard Analyses, and Backcountry Travel.
Starting with week three, interns will be providing informal interpretation three days per week at the park’s visitor center and contact stations and presenting three programs per week. The Bighorn Sheep Information Station provides the interns a unique opportunity to create, research and present a program on Bighorn Sheep. The intern, along with the Bighorn Brigade Volunteer group will assist with sheep crossings. At the Jr. Ranger Headquarters, interns will be able to give a Jr. Ranger program and help the next generation of kids become Jr. Rangers. One day per week will be spent on roving interpretation in the field at the park’s overlooks or along trails. One day per week will allow the intern to cross train with other park’s divisions and learn about the overall park operations and work teams.
Meetings will be set up with department heads, work leaders and the superintendent between week three to ten for the interns to develop relationships and learn more about the supportive nature of the park. During the season they would receive safety briefings and trainings for job-specific projects. There will be a lot of hands-on experience for the Intern. Each day of work and new duties will help the intern build their work experience especially if looking to get into communication, teaching, community outreach or interpretation. Throughout the internship they will gain knowledge and do work that supports the overall mission of RMNP and the NPS and gain valuable experience to compete for future employment opportunities. Each day of work and new duties will help the intern build their work experience especially if looking to get into communication, teaching, community outreach or interpretation. Throughout the internship they will gain knowledge and do work that supports the overall mission of RMNP and the NPS and gain valuable experience to compete for future employment opportunities.

Upper Level College student or graduates with an educational background (have taken courses) in ecology, biology, environmental studies, zoology, geology, history, resource management, park and recreational management, communication, teaching or interpretation. Applicants must have a general interest in the environment, science, resource management, climate change, history or education. Prior public speaking skills are desired. Applicants must be able to research, create and develop and present programs for the public. Applicants should have a desire to interact with the public and a desire to share knowledge with a diverse visiting public to create understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources.

Applicant must be available to attend resource and interpretation training at the beginning of the internship. The ideal applicant will have a strong customer service ethic, the ability to work as part of a team and stand for long periods of time between the elevations of 7,500-12,000 feet. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and hold a valid driver’s license in order to operate government vehicles. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.
Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Environment:
The intern would work both outdoors and indoors. They would live and work in elevations between 7,500-12,500 feet, and may hike long distances. There can be inclement weather and intern must be willing to work outside for some periods of time, and be able to make judgments when the weather is not safe. Typical field conditions for this outside work could include very hot or very cold weather conditions, intense sunshine or rainy weather, lightning, uneven terrain, biting insects, and wildlife. There will be some time spent indoors as well, which may require both sitting and standing for long periods of time. Preparation and research for interpretive programs will be in the office, and desk space and computers will be available for the intern to do this work. RMNP hosts a number of interns within the Division of Interp. as well as throughout the Park. There are 6 other interns on staff with varying dates of appointment from 11 weeks to 19 weeks. Usually interns will have similar schedules and overlapping days off.
Vehicle/License Requirement:
Interns must hold a valid state driver’s license in order to operate government vehicles while conducting official government business. They are not required to come with a personal vehicle.
Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Shared housing will be provided at no cost to the intern and is within walking distance to work.  
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond

Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:
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