Interns: Interpretation and Education
Interns in Interpretation & Education will have opportunities to use and improve oral and written communication skills in their daily interactions and through formal and informal visitor contacts, program presentation, and exhibit development.
A portion of the intern's time will be spent at visitor centers where duties include providing information, directions, and orientation to visitors and selling bookstore items and NPS passes. Interns also present formal interpretive programs including campfire programs, guided hikes, Junior Ranger programs, costumed living history demonstrations and tours, waterfall walks, and curriculum-based education programs. Each intern will be responsible for researching and developing at least one new interpretive program and an exhibit.
Interns have been hired in a voluntary capacity or as paid seasonal employees; the distinguishing feature of an intern's service is work that merits planned academic credit, rather than monetary compensation.
Candidates for interpretive work should be familiar with a variety of outdoor recreational activities; interns may be required to lead guided hikes of up to 5 miles over steep and rugged terrain in hot weather.
For more information on Interpretation & Education internships, please contact the Interpretation & Education Division (e-mail) at (570) 426-2413.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter with a current resume and college transcript to the attention of Interpretation & Education Internships at:
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Please be as specific as possible and include references. Graduate and undergraduate students from all majors may apply. Application packets must be received by March 15 to be considered for a spring/summer position. Applications received after that date will be considered for later positions.
The U.S. Government volunteer website lists current internship openings for this park (Search by the park's zip code: 18324), and accepts on line applications. The site also lists internship opportunites throughout the National Parks.
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...