2015 NPS Academy Candidates

Expected Dates
March 8, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Position ID
Ideal Candidates are:
  • between 18-25 at start of summer internship
  • Full time students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses for 2014-2015
  • available for 1 week in March (dates to be determined) & 12 weeks in summer (May-August)
  • previous experience with NPS, conservation, or outdoors is not required
  • all majors are welcome to apply – particularly those interested in education, history, communications
  • ideal candidates demonstrate flexibility and willingness to try new things
  • valid driver’s license is strongly recommended and access to a personal vehicle is required for about 25% of summer positions
  • applications should include references and an attached resume is highly recommended
  • applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, recommend submitting application by 1/5/15

The NPS Academy program consists of 4 phases outlined below.

Phase 1: NPS Academy Orientation, March 2015
Participate in seminars, workshops, field experiences and recreational activities which focus on the importance of culture, diversity, as well as the legacy of conservation within the NPS.
Explore the variety of career opportunities in NPS including Facilities Management, Fire and Rescue, Administration, Resource Management and Visitor Education.

Orientations are hosted by the National Parks of New York Harbor, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Kenai Fjords National Park.  The Kenai Fjords orientation in Seward, Alaska is for Alaskan residents only.
Phase 2: Summer Internship, Summer 2015
Summer internships are expense paid, 12 weeks in length, and located at national parks, historical sites, recreation areas, and parkways throughout the US.

The majority of summer internships focus on interpretation, visitor services, or education; but opportunities exist in all park areas including natural resources, cultural resources, and facility management.
Phase 3: Outreach, Fall 2015
Serve as NPS Academy Ambassadors by reaching out to fellow students on your campuses to generate interest for the 2016 National Park Academy programs with training and support from SCA’s Recruiting Team.
Phase 4: Career Progression, Ongoing
Following the successful completion of Phases 1-3, participants will have the opportunity to work with mentors, advisors, and supervisors from both the SCA and NPS to plan next steps, ideally seeking full time employment with the National Park Service.
  • Orientations and summer internships are located at national parks, historical sites, recreation areas, and parkways throughout the US.
  • Week long expense paid orientation exploring the diversity of career fields available within the National Park Service. Orientations are held in New York, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Alaska (for Alaskan residents only).
  • Interns will be assigned a mentor within the National Park Service for professional development and support during their service.
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.