During the summer, Florissant Fossil Beds may offer internship opportunities with the paleontology and/or interpretive division. Major duties, educational requirements, and application procedures are different for each position. Many alumni of the internship program have gone on to graduate school and/or careers in the National Park Service.
Interpretive interns provide information to the public about the fossil resources and the natural and cultural history of the area. Following a training period, they plan, prepare, and present programs to groups of all ages; conduct guided hikes; contact visitors on the trails; give historic homestead tours; and staff the visitor center.
For 2021, the intern position will be in education running field camps for upper elementary age youth and applications are being accepted through the Scientists-in-the-Parks Program.
Paleontology interns will work on projects relating to the geologic and paleontologic resources of the park, including: fossil collection and curation; technical assistance with excavating, inventorying and monitoring of sites; database development; and self-directed research. The specific scope of duties will be determined by the needs of the park and the intern’s area of interest. Self-initiated research projects require a research proposal outlining the project and specific field work to be conducted. Paleontology interns are supervised by the park’s Paleontologist.
Academic credit may be arranged with the intern’s school. Research topics or independent study projects will be agreed on by the intern, the college advisor, and the NPS supervisor.
Interpretive Internship: Jeff Wolin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paleontology Internship: Herb Meyer (Herb_Meyer@nps.gov)
Phone: (719) 748-3253
Fax: (719) 748-3164