Environmental Education Intern

Expected Dates
January 7, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID
Teach elementary students the science of Utah’s canyon county in an outdoor setting. You will instruct at a variety of locations in Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments, on surrounding federal and state public lands, and at local schools. Applicants should have professional work experience with elementary age children, such as in a classroom, after-school program, summer camp, etc.
You will also have the opportunity to help staff the Canyonlands Needles District visitor center. Duties may include assisting park visitors at the desk, administering Junior Ranger programs, staffing the cooperative association bookstore, roving trails or campgrounds, and participating in resource management activities. This internship is a cooperative venture between the National Park Service divisions of education and interpretation. 

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.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance

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

——- This position is NOT AmeriCorps eligible. ——-

  • Monticello is a small 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 and is about an hour away from the Needles District visitor center. 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. Access to USFS land is within 15 minutes of town, BLM land within 20. 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.
  • Many national parks & monuments (Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde, Natural Bridges & Hovenweep), state parks (Edge of the Cedars, Goosenecks & Dead Horse Point) and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park are all within a 1-2 hour drive from Monticello.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision