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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Trail Closure Information

    The Highland Creek Trail is closed. Backcountry Zones 1 and 2 are closed to all off-trail travel and use. The Sanctuary and Centennial Trails remain open to through traffic.

  • Temporary Road Closure Information

    Oct. 18 & 19: NPS 5 and 6 are closed for the entire weekend. Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, NPS 5 will be closed from Highway 87 to NPS 6. Highway 87 will be closed from Road 342 (Beaver Creek Road) north to the park boundary.

Student Internships

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Intern with a Group of Junior Rangers

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Wind Cave National park has a student internship position available for the fall of 2012, winter/spring of 2013 and summer of 2013 for a park guide-interpretation position. The internship lasts between 13-16 weeks. For information about internships contact Ted Firkins at (605) 745-1131.

The duties include a full range of interpretive programs and activities. Interns will be responsible for researching; developing and presenting thematic cave tours; staffing the visitor center information desk; offering information and orientation service in informal settings such as wayside pullouts and outdoor terraces; and assisting with special projects.

Applicants should possess two years of college in natural or physical sciences, communications, natural science interpretation, resource management, or park/recreation management. Interns must be interested in and able to meet and communicate with groups of people. Experience in interpretation, public speaking, environmental education, or caves would be helpful, but is not required. Personal transportation is desirable, but not essential.

In return for their services to the National Park Service, interns will receive rent-free housing, a uniform, participation in interpretive training, up to $150.00 for round-trip travel to the park, and an out-of-pocket expense reimbursement of up to $75.00 per week for the assignment. College credit may be available by making arrangements with your college advisor following selection for the program. Upon completion of the program, interns will receive the equivalent of five months experience working with the National Park Service, which could be of benefit when applying for a paid position in the future.

Wind Cave National Park is located in southwest South Dakota in Custer County. It is sixty miles south of Rapid City of six miles north of the town of Hot Springs. Wind Cave National Park preserves and protects a complex, three-dimensional maze cave system containing rare formations in its over 138 miles of surveyed cave, and 33,851 acres of mixed grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest containing representative animal and plant species.

Housing is available and consists of a shared, furnished apartment or trailer with kitchens and baths. Interns will need to bring bedding and an assortment of kitchen and bath items.

Applications should include a current resume (which includes your former supervisors' names and telephone numbers) and a college transcript. Please send applications to Ted Firkins, Assistant Chief of Interpretation, Wind Cave National Park, 26611 US Hwy 385, Hot Springs, South Dakota, 57747. For additional information about the park visit our website. For additional information about internships contact Ted Firkins at (605) 745-1131.

Did You Know?

American bison on the Wind Cave National Park prairie

The American bison is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. Male bison can weigh a ton and can run 35 miles per hour. Do not approach bison. They weigh more and can outrun you. More...