Interpretation Internships

Two NPS employees look out over Lake McDonald
Two NPS employees look out over Lake McDonald

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2019 Interpretation Internships at Glacier National Park

The 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.

The Positions
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.

 

Required Skills & Interest

  • Public speaking and presentation skills and abilities

  • Interest and/or knowledge in natural and/or cultural history

  • Skill in using computers

  • Ability to work independently and live in a remote area

  • Valid driver's license

Desired Skills & Interest

  • Background in interpretation, environmental education, biology, geology, history, or related fields

  • Experience working with the public

  • Current American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR & AED certification or higher qualifications

Employment Dates
Interns work 40 hours per week with two consecutive days off. Summer internships run from approximately May 27 to September 2, 2019. Beginning and ending dates may be flexible. Extensions possible.

Position Locations
These positions (up to six) are located in the Hudson Bay District (east side) or West Lakes District (west side) of Glacier National Park. Internships may be based out of the areas of Apgar, St. Mary, or Many Glacier.Stipend
Interns are reimbursed for living expenses at the rate of $200 per week. A $350 travel allowance is also provided. The park provides housing, name tags, and uniforms, plus $65 to defray the cost of other uniform items.

Housing
Depending on location, housing can include dormitory, bunkhouse, and apartment or shared house. Housing costs are covered by the park.

Application Information
A resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references should be submitted via email by February 2, 2019. Unofficial college transcripts encouraged. See contact information below.

Park Contact
To apply via email, please submit the application materials listed above to Rebecca_Alfafara@nps.gov
Emailed applications will still be received while she is on furlough.

Interpretation Internships Flyer

Last updated: December 18, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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