Curriculum Development Education Intern

Expected Dates
August 29, 2022 to March 12, 2023
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Position ID
*Candidates must possess a valid passport upon time of travel and be able to travel through the country of Canada* 

Please note that this position is slated to run from August 29th 2022 thru March 10th 2023 with a 4-week unpaid service break from December 19th 2022 - January 13th 2023.

This is an internship with the park Interpretation & Education division. The intern will help interpret stories of the Klondike Gold Rush by working alongside park staff to assist with Education specialist duties, learn operations and assist visitors. The main duties of the intern are outlined below:

Education programs: Using a substantial amount of primary source documents and research, the intern’s main focus will be to work alongside the park Education Specialist and local educators to develop and implement standards-based curricula to schools locally, nationwide, and within the park as field trips. The intern will also be responsible for Junior Ranger programming and correspondence.

Learning about the National Park Service: The intern will have opportunities to learn about different park operations. This tailored experience can also include shadowing park environmental field studies such as boreal toad surveys, bat acoustic monitoring, and/or archaeological digs with resources staff. Some of the intern’s work will involve moving between multiple projects and working with many collaborators during their experience. 

Community outreach & special events: The intern will assist in planning and implementing special events such as Fall Festival, Yuletide activities, and more. 

Informal interpretation & visitor assistance: The intern will staff public buildings such as the park visitor center and various museums. Duties will include providing informal interpretation to visitors on Klondike gold rush history, park resources & significance, offering site orientation to visitors, operating media equipment, introducing park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will gain an understanding of how to share the National Park Service mission, day to day operations, and greatly build on their public communication skills

Compensation amounts:
  • $2,700 - one time RT travel allowance (mean to be used for initial travel to site and holiday travel)
  • $600 - weekly living allowance
  • $150 - for train ticket
  • Housing

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

Conditions of Employment:
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • Skagway is a southeast Alaska town in a coastal temperate rainforest. Population is only around 3,000. However, up to 10,000 visitors come to Skagway each day via cruise ships. The tourism industry attracts young, energetic employees that complement the welcoming, small-town feel. Skagway has two grocery stores, a rec center, several restaurants and bars, a microbrewery, and a library with free Wi-Fi. Skagway also has miles of outdoor recreational trails and ocean access for water based activities. It is a short drive to British Columbia and the Yukon. Skagway’s cruise ship industry supports dozens of adventure companies offering activities such as rock climbing, river rafting, dog sledding, and even glassblowing.
  • Learn interpretive techniques & methods, gain experience in formal & informal interpretation, and general customer service. Learn basic event planning. Receive Operational Leadership (risk management and safety empowerment) training, and First Aid & CPR
  • Interns are given time to hike the Chilkoot, a 33 mile long historic trail. Local adventure companies offer rock climbing, river rafting, dog sledding, and even glassblowing. Interns will also be given time to assist on natural resource field studies.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision