Park Guide Intern (PO-00734552)

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Experience living and working among the red rock of Arches National Park in all four seasons and develop a wide range of skills and experience within the fields of interpretation and fee collection. Diverse duties including:

  • Staffing the busy visitor center desk: planning trips, answering a wide variety of questions, selling tour tickets and issuing permits; 
  • Hiking park trails in order to engage visitors in conversations about the park and their experiences;
  • Staffing the entrance station booth and collecting fees;
  • Developing and performing informal interpretive pop-up programs and roving;
  • During the busy season, developing and presenting a formal interpretive program such as a guided walk, and working through a coaching process with your supervisor;
  • Recording program statistics and other information; and
  • Performing collateral duty tasks as assigned, light trail maintenance when needed, and (if interested) helping with search and rescue operations.

Interns in this position will develop skills important for careers in the NPS and other land management agencies, and professional habits applicable to any job. Upon completion of the internship, individuals will be able to claim a full year of diverse experience at a well-recognized park.

Successful applicants will have:

  • Ability to work independently on assigned projects while being an engaged, collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistently be courteous and polite to visitors.
  • Skill at oral communication and tactful discussion of controversial subject matter
  • A valid state-issued driver's license and be at least eighteen years of age.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • Housing
  • Reimbursement of uniform pants (up to $50)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes 
*This Internship is not Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Position ID: PO-00734552

Expected Dates: September 10, 2023 - September 7, 2024

2282 SW Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532

Training Provided: Learn about the geology and natural & cultural history of the area as well as interpretive skills used to engage visitors. Opportunities also exist to work with other park divisions and personnel.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: In addition to NPS training, presentations & films are presented regularly in Moab from a wide variety of groups. Moab is a mecca for multiple recreation opportunities--hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, canoeing, 4WDing and more.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

There is no public transportation between the park and Moab, UT, where all necessary services are located. Arches is located 5 miles north of Moab.

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

Housing is a shared park apartment or house, ideally with a private bedroom though that isn't always possible. House may be coed. Basic kitchen dishware/cookware and utensils are provided. You should bring your own bedding, towels, toiletries, and other needed personal items. Washer/dryer are available.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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