Education Intern

Expected Dates
February 14, 2022 to May 22, 2022
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID

Curious about education programs in the National Park Service? Interested in how the NPS serves gateway communities that surround parks? Consider applying to serve with Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE), a partnership between the National Park Service and the San Juan County, UT school district. This curriculum-based program takes K-6 students from local public schools into the parks and public lands around their communities for hands-on, place-based field trips tied to the Utah science and social studies core standards. Our staff teach both in area schools and the outdoor classrooms of The Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Goosenecks State Park, and other USFS and BLM sites. Our home base is an office in the small town of Monticello, UT.

The goals of the CCOE program are:

  1. To help students safely experience and understand the natural and cultural resources of our national parks and surrounding areas;
  2. To enhance existing state-approved curricula;
  3. To expose students to a wide range of responsible activities in the outdoors;
  4. To raise awareness of the natural sciences in the younger generation to prepare them for their roles as citizens.

This is a great position for applicants with career interests in place-based learning, outdoor science instruction, classroom teaching, environmental education, or rural community engagement. Applicants must have prior work experience with elementary-age children such as in a classroom, after-school program, or summer camp, etc. and a strong interest in teaching.

Applicants who are the best fit for this position will have:

  • Curiosity about making science learning meaningful for students through facilitating connections to their surrounding landscapes.
  • Willingness to live in a rural, isolated area with extremes in weather.
  • Cultural humility and openness to multiple ways of thinking about nature and the environment.
  • Attention to growing as an educator and receiving feedback on teaching and teaching materials.
  • Interest in serving communities surrounding national parks and monuments.
  • A student asset-based (vs. deficit-based) mindset towards education.
  • A collaborative approach to work and the ability to manage projects independently.

Duties will include:

  • Teach standards-based lessons from the CCOE curriculum, manage students for safety in the outdoors, assist with pre- and post-field trip classroom visits (60%)
  • Prepare and plan for instruction, support education program logistics, safely drive a government vehicle, and complete projects to maintain program quality (20%)
  • Participate in activities to develop education skills including program debriefs, training sessions for best practices in environmental education, informal peer observation, video self-evaluations, and formal coaching sessions (10%)
  • Contribute feedback to program to ensure its continued success (5%)
  • Occasionally present and develop extracurricular programming for area youth which may include junior ranger programs, after school clubs, or community events (5%)

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,612 education award)
  • Housing

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

NOTE: The ongoing pandemic affects this program’s operations and may result in not filling this position if area case rates do not improve.

  • Monticello, UT is a community of about 2,000 residents seated at 7,000 feet near the base of the Abajo Mountains in rural San Juan County, Utah. Monticello boasts the county’s only traffic light in an area of 7,933 square miles. Many teaching sites require a 2-4 hour round trip drive in the government vehicle with other CCOE staff. The area experiences a semiarid climate with some local influence from the mountains: interns can expect anything from hot, sunny high desert days to snowstorms during their term of service. Basic groceries, supplies, and medical care are available in town; further amenities are available in Cortez, CO or Moab, UT which are both an hour away.
  • Interpretive and educational skills for working with children; natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau; on-going instructor training (3D science teaching, classroom management, cultural sensitivity/competency).
  • Many national parks & monuments, state parks, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park are all within a 1-2 hour drive from Monticello. USFS land is
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision