Interpretive interns deal directly with park visitors answering questions at visitor centers and providing trip planning help at an information desk, researching, preparing and presenting short guided walks and talks, presenting evening campfire talks, leading children's programs, providing information to individuals you may encounter on trails or at overlooks and completing a wide variety of special projects. Work in other park divisions such as administration, resource management, visitor protection, and maintenance may be available to round out the internship. Interns work 5 days per week, 8 hours per day and receive a compensation of $14.07/hr. Housing is provided with rent deducted from pay.
Applicants must be college students, who have completed their junior year, or graduates, with a solid academic background in a declared major field of study such as natural or physical sciences, history, education, communications, natural or cultural interpretation, or recreation and resource management. An interest or experience in natural or cultural interpretation or environmental education would be helpful, but is not required. Applicants should have a strong interest in resource preservation and management, an ability to communicate ideas effectively, and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others.