Interpretive Intern (PO-00735959)

Come join our staff at White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico! White Sands protects the world’s largest gypsum dunefield and surrounding desert environment. You will be instrumental creating new self-guided education activities and digital media for underserved youth students that will motivate, inspire, and ultimately encourage them to engage with and learn about their national parks. While the main focus of the internship is to develop youth programs you also will also be an integral member of the interpretive team and given the opportunity to develop the skills of an Interpretive Park Ranger. You will do this 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. This professional experience might lead to future career opportunities with the National Park Service and/or other federal land management agencies.

Duties Include:
-Staff visitor center and initiate sales on Western National Park Association register (30%).
-Develop and present short formal interpretive programs (30%).
-Provide roving interpretation on topics ranging from gypsum sand to wildlife (10%).
-Development of self-guided activities for visiting schools and create tours to be added to the White Sands app (30%).

Staffing the visitor center is limited to one individual however, multiple staff members will be on site at one time. The work week will be 5 days, 8 hours per day, and will include evening and weekend work. 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 in the visitor services sector.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,000 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $350 – weekly living allowance
  • $1000- monthly housing allowance

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
*This position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

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Position ID: PO-00735959

Expected Dates: December 4, 2023 - December 1, 2024

19955 Hwy 70 W.
Alamogordo, NM 88310

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?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Park is located at least 15 miles from the nearest commuting town. There is no public transportation that stops at the park.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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