• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Teacher Ranger Teacher

Beth Sandness, Teacher Ranger Teacher, conducting an NPS activity during Trailblazers

Beth Sandness, Teacher Ranger Teacher 2013, presents an NPS activity to the youth in the Trailblazer workshop in July 2013.

NPS Photo

For the past four years, Fort Scott National Historic Site has obtained funding to implement a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. The site has again obtained funding for a Teacher Ranger Teacher for 2014. This is a professional development opportunity that lasts six to eight weeks.

This year, the site has identified a need for a podcast on the role of American Indians in the Civil War, which would enhance existing distance learning programs and onsite educational programs that address the subject. The TRT would write script for and assist with the design and production of the podcast. Additionally, the TRT would design a lesson which could be taught by other schools that addresses the topic of American Indians in the Civil War, Finally, the TRT would also examine the site's existing education programs to assure that they adequately and properly interpret American Indian history and culture. Ideally, the site would like to recruit someone with an American Indian background for this position, but not mandatory-other teachers are welcome to apply.

Besides their main duties, the TRT would receive training in park operations and interpretive skills so that they will be able to spend some time in visitor contact situations (doing stationed interpretation and possibly presenting an interpretive program on American Indian history).This type of training would enhance the candidate's NPS experience. The candidate would also receive training in the black powder program so that they could have the experience of being on the artillery crew if so desired.

In past years, interns have also been involved in our Trailblazer program, which is a week long day camp for area youth. During this workshop, youth engage in a series of activities designed to introduce them to Park Service values of stewardship, protection, preservation, and education.

The advantage to the candidate's school district would be the teacher bringing back their experiences with them and creating a connection between the site and the district, benefiting both mutually through enhanced educational opportunities for the school district and offering an American Indian perspective on Fort Scott NHS's programs and offerings.

The professional development opportunity will consist of 240 hours of work spread over six to eight weeks. The site will pay for housing for those who need it, The candidate can make up to 3000.00 during the internship. Interested candidates should fill out the application form posted below and submit to Park Ranger Barak Geertsen via email or fax 620-223-0188, For more information, call Barak at 620-223-0310 or send him an email. Applications being taken through May 26.

Teacher Ranger Teacher application.Word File or

Teacher Ranger Teacher application PDF File

Did You Know?

Col. George Croghan

Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.