Distance Learning and Education Intern (PO-00735658)

In this position you will have the opportunity to be a part of an exciting and innovative education and interpretation team. The primary duties of this position are to assist rangers with long-distance programs with classes (K-12) and support outreach and education efforts by the park. Education rangers conduct classes for approximately 3,000 students and teachers throughout the country through videoconferencing in January and February. Using greenscreen technology, rangers take students on virtual visits to Glacier Bay. The primary function of this position will be to keep the long-distance learning program running smoothly and effectively. Because this duty location is 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time, work days will sometimes start as early as 5:00 A.M.

This position will also help with pre-visit mail outs, test connections, record keeping, education demo recording, program development and presenting. You will also respond to student information requests by email and letter, as well as help with updating our student outreach information packets along with planning and preparing for summer day camp activities.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to work on media projects such as assisting with the park social media channels by providing writing, photography or videography. This contributes to a wide range of content on the park's social media channels: e.g. educational information, safety updates, news releases, and more. Focusing on park needs, another opportunity is to maintain, edit, or create content for the park's web presence on nps.gov. You may also assist in maintaining and editing content to Glacier Bay's presence on the official NPS mobile app. This could include: changing/updating information presented on the app, recording or adding audio clips to existing tours to make the content accessible, creating new self-guiding tours on the app, and adding new locations not yet represented. As needed, you could also assist with the park’s wide array of media products by helping organize and categorize photos and videos on the park's media archive.  

Compensation amounts: 

  • $1,600 – one time RT travel allowance 
  • $600 – weekly living allowance 
  • $1,000 – duty related travel & reimbursable expenses 
  • Housing-located near park headquarters in Bartlett Cove
  • Not AmeriCorps eligible

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes 
*Applicants with an interest in the field of Interpretation or Education within the National Park Service will be given preference

*For SCA's COVID-19 guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid  

Position ID: PO-00735658

Expected Dates: December 4, 2023 - March 24, 2024

Glacier Bay National Park Interpretation Division
1 Park Rd.
Gustavus, AK, AK 99826

Training Provided: This intern will have opportunities to study the fundamentals of interpretation and site specific topics related to the natural and cultural history of Glacier Bay.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: This intern will be living and working on the edge of Glacier Bay National Park, a 3.3 million acre wilderness. Because of limited daylight and regular inclement weather, winter recreation opportunities are limited, though not impossible.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Due to the difficulty of getting a vehicle to Gustavus, the park will allow use of a park vehicle for weekly errands and advertised public events. People do bike between Gustavus and Bartlett Cove through the winter but studded bike tires are necessary.

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

The intern will live in a winterized duplex in the seasonal housing complex. The residence will be minimally furnished with furniture and basic kitchen implements. The volunteer will need to provide bedding and towels and will be responsible for cooking and cleaning. The intern may or may not have a roommate. 

Housing is comfortable, but isolated. Approximately 4 individuals will be living in Bartlett Cove this winter, including a total of two SCA volunteers. The community of Gustavus is 10 miles by paved road away. Winter in Glacier Bay is usually dark, grey, and wet and occasionally sunny, clear, and cold. In December, it gets light around 9:30am and dusk starts at 2:30pm. There is limited sunlight in Bartlett Cove even when the sun is shining. 


Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association