2019 Interpretation Internships at Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, makes up the core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. Old-growth forests, wind-swept prairies, ancient glaciers, and deep lakes are all part of this spectacular mountain landscape. Plants and animals of the humid Pacific Northwest meet and mingle with those of the Great Plains and northern forests. In the space of a few miles, visitors can travel from lush cedar-hemlock forests through alpine meadows to the edge of the western prairies. With over 700 miles of hiking trails and expansive waterways spanning the one million protected acres, Glacier National Park is an adventurer’s paradise.
Park interpreters are the public face of Glacier National Park. Interns in the Division of Interpretation and Education, with support from experienced staff members, are responsible for researching, preparing, and presenting a range of interpretive programs, including guided hikes, interpretive talks, boat tours, and illustrated programs, on the park's interpretive themes (e.g., wildlife, geology, ecology, human history, climate change). These programs are given in a variety of park locations such as campgrounds, trails, visitor centers, waterways, and historic park hotels. In addition, interns staff visitor centers and provide information and informal interpretation to visitors during fixed station and roving assignments.
Interns receive over 80 hours of formal training in interpretive skills, customer service, bear awareness and safety, and natural and cultural resources; plus a minimum of 40 hours of on-the-job training in conducting interpretive programs and park operations. Additional training and professional development opportunities are also available. If you love learning, sharing what you’ve learned with others, and working hard in a team environment, these positions prove to be incredibly rewarding.
This internship program is supported by the Glacier National Park Conservancy.