ID State Parks & Recreation Natural Resource Intern (Local preferred)

Expected Dates
May 18, 2020 to August 2, 2020
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Position ID
The Mission of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.

Outline of duties for an interpretive internship working at agency HQ, in Boise May 18 through August 2, 2020.

Provide general assistance with administration of the Experience/Education program through conducting research, helping to coordinate supplies needed for park educational programs, assisting with the creation of educational materials and printing of manuals, and participating in interpretive training. Assist with park Natural Resource Assessments in beautiful Boise area state parks including Eagle Island State Park and Thousand Springs State Park.

Usual work week is Monday through Friday 40 hours per week. Occasional weeks will be Tuesday through Saturday. Position is based at HQ office. Good experience for college student with interpretive or natural resources background.

Training Opportunity:
Attend a three day introduction to interpretation training at Dworshak State Park in northern Idaho. Stay at beautiful Three Meadows Camp and learn interpretive presentation skills.

Recreation Opportunities:
Recreation opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding area. Hiking, kayaking, biking, backpacking, fly-fishing, and more are available.

Examples of specific duties include:
  • Assist in Natural Resource Assessments in Boise area state parks including Eagle Island State Park and Thousand Springs State Park. Input data into Access database.
  • Assist with research for Interpretive Planning for Three Island Crossing State Park and Lake Cascade State Park. This will include review of hard copy files in the Planning Department at HQ as well as online research of markets of each park, potential partners, and similar providers in each area. Research will also include work on the flora, fauna, and history of each park.
  • Assist with research for park Cultural Resource Surveys.
  • General assistance with administration of Experience/Education program.
  • Office location will be at HQ, state vehicle provided for travel to state parks in Boise area

Compensation amounts:

  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • $20 - weekly commuting allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,289 education award)

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


  • Boise HQ, area parks.
  • A three day training on an introduction to interpretation will be offered at Dworshak State Park.
  • The Boise area offers a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
competent with supervision
Data Entry
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision