Art and Science Focused Program Internship- Local High School Students Only! (PO-00734031)

Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

*High school juniors or seniors in the Tularosa Basin and Las Cruces, NM are eligible.*

Come join the staff at White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico! White Sands protects the world’s largest gypsum dunefield and surrounding desert environment.  This internship is perfect for current juniors or seniors in high school, or recent graduates.  This internship will develop multiple art-focused and science-focused programs to be conducted with visitors to White Sands.  In addition, you will develop the skills of a National Park Service Park Ranger by staffing the visitor center, designing and presenting short formal interpretive programs, and providing roving (hiking) interpretation on topics ranging from geology, paleontology, and archeology to the plants and wildlife of the park.

The position will work each Saturday and Sunday, eight hours per day, and may include the evening. During school breaks, additional work time will be scheduled.

Conditions often require working outside in hot, windy, dry weather and long periods of standing each day. This position is ideal for outgoing individuals or those looking to obtain the skills needed for a career as a park ranger or in the visitor services sector.

Compensation amounts:

  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • $40- weekly commuting allowance

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*This position is dependent on confirmation of federal funding and full execution of an agreement

Position ID: PO-00734031

Expected Dates: October 8, 2022 - April 14, 2023

Training Provided: Two weeks of preparatory training including: safety topics, CPR/First Aid, interpretive program development, natural resource training, and visitor center operations.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Lincoln National Forest provides many opportunities for hiking, biking, and even snow activities in the winter. There are typically many events that happen locally including movies at the zoo, parades, and rodeo.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

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