Education & Outreach Intern - Winter

Expected Dates
January 6, 2020 to April 26, 2020
Dinosaur National Monument
Position ID
The intern’s primary duties will be focused on providing curriculum-based education programs, community outreach, virtual field trips, and special events, all for students ranging from pre-school to college, with the overall goal of improving and expanding Dinosaur National Monument’s education capacity. These programs will be delivered to diverse audiences ranging from multi-generational families to professional scientists. The interns will also participate  in informal interpretation with the public throughout the monument, primarily in the Quarry/Cub Creek and Harpers Corner areas. The ability to effectively  communicate topics of geology and paleontology, as well as other natural and cultural history topics, is required. Occasionally, interns will work cooperatively with other staff to operate the visitor center, which includes staffing the information desk, issuing backcountry and river permits, answering phones, Junior Ranger program support, following established opening and closing procedures, and conducting cooperating association bookstore sales. Day travel to other park areas and surrounding communities with a government vehicle is required.
  • This position is duty-stationed at Dinosaur National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service, at the Quarry Visitor Center located near Jensen, UT. Dinosaur National Monument is a spectacular 210,000-acre medium-sized park with mega-park values. Dinosaur has the most complete geologic record of any national park area and an internationally renowned display of Jurassic era dinosaur bones. The rugged landscape provides diverse habitats that support a surprisingly diverse assemblage of plants and animals and critical habitat for endangered species. The whitewater rafting and magnificent scenery found in the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers provide premier Western boating experiences. The Yampa is the only remaining large tributary in the Colorado River system that retains its free flowing character. Dinosaur is over 90% recommended wilderness. Please visit our website at for more information. Dinosaur National Monument spans a remote area of NE Utah and NW Colorado that is about a 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City and a 6 hour drive from Denver, CO. Temperatures can reach over 100 F in the summer and negative 25 in the winter. The Uintah Basin is susceptible to poor air quality due to weather inversions that trap air in the basin, especially in the winter. The communities of Rangely, CO and Vernal, UT offer all amenities (hospital, schools, grocery, etc.) and are within commuting distance of headquarters located near Dinosaur, CO and the Quarry Visitor Center located near Jensen, UT.
  • Trainings will be available online and in person, including meeting with subject matter experts in paleontology and archeology.
  • Educational - training on interpretation, dinosaurs, paleontology, geology, archaeology and local history.
    Recreational - diverse! Includes hiking, river rafting, camping & backpacking in the monument and close
    access mountain biking, skiing etc.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
Social Media
some experience
Community Engagement
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision