The Department of Interior, National Park Service, and Valley Forge National Historical Park utilize USAJOBS to post position openings. USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. Begin your search on USAJOBS.
Current students and recent graduates may also consider the Pathways Programs which are streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.
Natural Resource Management Internship
Volunteer Student Intern (non-paid)
Valley Forge National Historical Park (VAFO) is home to over 1,300 species of vascular plants and vertebrates, contains a variety of vegetation communities (e.g. forest, meadows, wetlands), and includes significant water resources (e.g. Schuylkill River, Valley Creek). The purpose of this internship is to provide college-level students with a concentrated, practical experience in natural resource management that affords the opportunity to apply classroom theory through "hands-on" experience in the National Park Service. At the same time interns will contribute to the collection of data and implementation of projects that benefit park resources and will assist park managers in achieving management goals. Specific internship activities may vary from year to year, depending on park needs and priorities.
To learn more, download the internship announcement.
Youth Conservation Corps Program
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program promotes natural resource conservation by America's youth and prepare participants for the ultimate responsibility of managing resources for the American people. At Valley Forge the program centers on the control of non-native, invasive plants and animals in the park. These species are a primary threat to the natural diversity of the park ecosystem. The YCC also helps park partners on other conservation projects such as trails and tree planting.
In the words of 2010 YCC crew member, Erin Clark:
"ProRanger Philadelphia" is an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Access to many National Park Library catalogs is available on-line. Valley Forge NHP is currently in the process of creating an electronic catalog. We will use this site to keep you up-to-date on our progress. Until then you might wish to access other national park libraries currently on-line. More...