Distance Education Intern

Expected Dates
September 6, 2022 to May 14, 2023
Bering Land Bridge
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

Expand and formalize the Distance Learning Program at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.  The internship will be a great opportunity to learn about distance learning throughout the National Park Service, collaborate with NPS educators, and contribute to the long-term growth of the Education Program at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, headquartered in Nome, AK. 
The park currently offers limited distance learning programs (approximately 3 – 4 times per school year) and is eager to take the next step to create a thoughtful and sustainable plan to expand distance learning offerings and connect students to Bering Land Bridge in a meaningful way.   The internship would focus on building this next phase of the Distance Learning Program by creating procedures and guidance for the successful coordination and implementation of distance learning programs.  The intern would shadow distance learning programs at other parks, with opportunity to travel to one park within Alaska to see firsthand their distance learning operations and connect with other National Park Service educators.  After exploring Distance Learning Programs at other parks, the intern would design a plan for Bering Land Bridge including systems for reservations, advertising, and program evaluation to support the pre- and post-distance learning program experience.  As the plan is finalized and implemented, the intern would have the opportunity to connect with 3 – 4 classrooms to facilitate distance learning programs.     

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance (meant to subsidize costs)
  • $500 - weekly living allowance
  • $2,500 - duty related travel (taxable lump sum amount meant for work related travel)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($4,546.50 education award)
  • NPS provided housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • The intern will work in an office area with her/his own desk and computer at park headquarters in Nome, AK. The intern will also be going outdoors to film. Weather in Nome during the summer (May to September) is relatively mild (50s to low 70s) with long periods of daylight (up to 22 hours). Rain can often occur. Filming will take place on the tundra, which is very uneven ground. At Serpentine Hot Springs, temperatures are typically in the 70s and 80s with a large population of mosquitoes. Nome, Alaska is a rural community of about 3,600 people in northwest Alaska. Transportation to and from Nome is via commercial airlines only. There are no roads from any major city to Nome; however, there is a 260 mile gravel road system around Nome, which is accessible by vehicle during the summer months. Services include a regional hospital with dental and eye care, a private dental office, grocery stores (2), schools (K – 12 and charter), community college, service stations, and hardware stores. Other community amenities include a new city museum and cultural center, public library, recreation center, movie theater and an indoor swimming pool. There are also many churches and community groups in Nome. Most of the time for this position will be spent in the vicinity of the visitor center and headquarters in Nome, AK. The preserve is 100 miles north of Nome and is only accessible by plane during the summer. The internship will provide an opportunity to travel into the preserve to Serpentine Hot Springs. This will provide the intern with the opportunity to learn about a naturally and culturally significant place that people have been visiting for over 12,000 years. Many past interns and seasonal employees have recounted this experience as a pivotal moment in connecting with the beauty and meaning of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.
  • The intern will receive comprehensive training covering park orientation, interpretation, and safety, providing a deeper knowledge of the NPS mission and the goals and resources of Bering Land Bridge.
  • A bike will be provided to explore the area around Nome. Access to a recreation center with treadmills, weights, and fitness classes will be provided. University of Alaska Fairbanks community courses are available for a fee.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
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Earth Sciences
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Resource Management
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Customer Service
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Community Engagement
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Public Speaking
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Working with Children
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