Environmental Education and Media Intern

Expected Dates
April 30, 2020 to September 2, 2020
Western Arctic National Parklands (Noatak, Cape Krusenstern, Kobuk Valley, Bering Land Bridge
Position ID
Work experience will involve both teaching and media development.
40% Education Programming: Assist with a variety of weekly summer programs for Inupiaq Eskimo children ages 3-15 and adults in the community. Weekly programs are Roving Rangers, Art, Movie & Story, Kid’s Hour, and the Arctic Film Series. Develop and deliver six presentations and assist with all others. Assist activities at one overnight science camp and possibly one culture camp.  Apply knowledge of natural or cultural sciences, demonstrate good classroom management, and choose engaging activities to present successful lessons. 

40% Social Media & Image Manipulation: Be the lead in producing and responding to social media posts on our Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr accounts incorporating analytics of reach, popularity, and responses. Manipulate and edit images and short videos for park websites that highlight youth and community programs and park resources. Assist staff with development of other media products highlighting park education and science projects. Take still photos and video to incorporate into the digital products. Manipulate images and graphics with editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, and Powerpoint. Write content for web pages to accompany postings of digital media.

20% Additional duties: Assist with the annual science education booth at the 4th of July fairgrounds. Participate in staff meetings with interpreters to plan summer programs, events and special projects. Greet visitors in the Heritage Center and answer questions. Operate AV equipment. Evaluate the interpretation program for future improvements.

This position is NOT AmeriCorps Eligible.

Compensation includes:
  • $1400 one-time travel allowance
  • $400/ weekly living stipend
  • $500 duty-related travel budget
  • Housing

*All amounts are subject to applicable local, state and federal taxes*

  • Western Arctic National Parklands includes Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley National Park, & Noatak National Preserve. These three units, totaling 9 million acres, preserve Arctic and sub-Arctic environments and their cultural and natural resources. This internship will be stationed in Kotzebue, Alaska. This remote Inupiaq village on the Chukchi Sea in NW Alaska lies 33 miles above the Arctic Circle. The sun does not set for 36 days in the summer. Access to Kotzebue is only by jet plane from Anchorage - weather permitting. Access from Kotzebue to the parks is only by bush plane or boats - weather permitting. There are 3000 people in the village living on a tiny ocean spit. Urban conveniences like roads, shopping, and entertainment are minimal and the cost of living is high. The setting is like a Peace Corps assignment, where living conditions are challenging, but learning about the rich culture is extraordinary, and there is a chance to have a positive effect on local children.
  • Interpretation principles, practices & certifications, NPS orientation, science research, cross cultural communication, bear/aviation safety, Wilderness First Aid, subsistence legislation, wilderness travel, climate change, computer security, ethics.
  • Ed: Research talks. Plant workshop. Locals share fishing, art, and travel knowledge. 1 park overflight + 1 trip (weather permitting) to assist with a backcountry project. Rec: tundra hike, bike 8 mile road, fish, beach comb, birding, berry picking.
  • Yes
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
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision