Backcountry Intern

Expected Dates
February 16, 2020 to November 14, 2020
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID
Interns will work in the remote, red-rock wilderness of The Maze district in Canyonlands National Park, which preserves outstanding prehistoric rock art and archeological sites. Duties may include: 
  • patrolling the backcountry by foot and 4WD, sometimes for multiple days (camping in remote settings);
  • staffing the backcountry information station, providing trip-planning assistance to visitors;
  • leading guided interpretive walks in Horseshoe Canyon;
  • assisting in the district’s recycling program and/or maintaining fire-fighting equipment; and
  • other duties as assigned, dependent on intern’s skill-set and interest.

*It is vital that candidates be comfortable living in a REMOTE setting for extended periods of time with limited human interaction.*
Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

  *This position is NOT AmeriCorps eligible.

  • The Maze is a very remote location. Green River, UT is a two-hour drive and the location of the nearest post office & grocery store. Moab, UT, the quintessential tourist town with full amenities and entertainment, is a three-hour drive.
  • Intern will get formal training in the natural & cultural history of the Colorado Plateau as well as NPS visitor services. Many opportunities exist for on-the-job training in park operations, interpretation, maintenance, and the local history of the area.
  • SE Utah has numerous national and state parks as well as millions of acres of public land to explore. Hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, and rafting are just a few of the recreational activities available.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent with supervision