Bilingual Water Safety Intern (Fluent in Spanish) (PO-00733977)


Intern leads informal interpretation to educate the public about Water Safety and Leave No Trace. In the past ten years Gateway NRA has had more than 20 visitor related drowning park–wide, however the program over the past five years has helped to reduce that number to zero on the bay beaches in the park.  Interns educate visitors in both English and Spanish about the dangers of swimming in non-guarded beaches and how to recognize characteristics of water depth, changes in currents & tides, and man-made hazards in the water.  Interns will provide instruction to visitors about what to do when encountering danger in the water and how to get help. Interns promote and educate the public about Water Safety and Leave No Trace through photos and videos to be posted on park social media forums and the park website. The intern will assist the park rangers with all water-based programs and events, such as canoeing, seining, Junior Ranger Lifeguard, Latino Conservation Weekend and World Oceans Day. The park intern is responsible for documenting visitor contacts daily and provide a season-end program report to the supervisor.  This position is supervised by the Division of Interpretation and the Park Unit Manager.

EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Because of Sandy Hook's proximity to New York City and the Jersey Shore you will have a variety of opportunities to take advantage of each areas vast recreational and cultural experiences. Beyond working in the Sandy Hook Unit you will also get to evaluate how the message you are providing can be used in the other two units of the park by assisting with developing the next phase of the program.

Compensation Details (pre-tax): 

  • Weekly living allowance: $350/week
  • Travel Grant: $650
  • AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,718 (based upon successful completion of the position).

Housing Provided on site.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00733977

Expected Dates: June 12, 2023 - September 17, 2023

26 Hudson Road
Highlands, NJ 07732

Training Provided: Basic Interpretation, Operational Leadership Conflict De-escalation Canoe Training

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: There are seven miles of multi-use paths for cycling and walking/jogging, two miles of nature trails, kayaking, canoeing and swimming opportunities within the park including six miles of ocean beaches and easy access to New York City.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Remote, Nearest stores are 5-7 miles

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing is dormitory-style, single occupancy rooms with shared common spaces, bathrooms and kitchen stations.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association