Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates
August 26, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Position ID
You will prepare and present guided tours, educational programs and assist with living history events/programs/stations (40%), assist with the care and accountability of park museum collection (25%), provide visitor center operation (except money handling) and assist with site security (20%), perform exotic plant control on park’s tallgrass prairie (5%), and attend training and other duties as needed (10%). EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunity to visit six NPS areas within 120 miles of park. Kansas City is 75 miles north of Fort Scott.

Perform visitor orientation in the park Visitor Center.
• Assist visitors with questions concerning park resources and interpretive programs.
• Present interpretive programs and education programs including guided tours of the site.
• Provide informal interpretation at living history stations, in the VC and throughout the park.
• Assist with special event planning and execution including the annual Candlelight tour, Symbols of Sacrifice, and Naturalization ceremony.
• Conduct invasive plant control in park gardens and tallgrass prairie.
• Clean and maintain historic furnishings and historically furnished rooms.
• Assist park staff with photographing, cataloging, and accessioning museum objects and other curatorial tasks.
• Assist with opening and closing the site and basic site security.
Most contacts are with the general public and other park staff. Occasional contacts are made with school teachers, volunteers, city and other National Park Service officials. Contacts are made to facilitate effective park operations and to provide visitors with a safe, meaningful and enjoyable visit and to interpret the park history and to provide visitor services.


  • Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Scott, KS population 8,000. It is in the southeast part of the state approximately 90 miles south of Kansas City and 60 miles northwest of Joplin, MO. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking the Marmaton River and consists of 20 historic structures located on 16.4 acres. The town offers basic shopping and groceries, a large hospital, medical and dental clinics, movie theater, fitness centers, and a community college. Kansas City and Joplin offer an abundance of shopping, entertainment and cultural activity opportunities. Climate is considered moderate, with high temperatures in the summer ranging from 80 to 100 (F), lows in the winter from 10 to 30 (F).
  • Interpretive Skills, First Aid/CPR, Fire extinguisher training, Living History and Interpretive skills.
  • 19th Century American History, National Park Service mission/history, Interpretation Theory and Interpretive skills.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Customer Service
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision