Interpretation and Education Intern

Expected Dates
April 13, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Denali National Park
Position ID
Experience the adventure and beauty of Alaska’s vast wilderness through an internship with the Interpretation/Education team at Denali National Park!

You’ll join a team of dedicated rangers working with visitors on their “trip of a lifetime” to interior Alaska.  During a typical internship, you’ll hone public speaking and communication skills by providing orientation and safety information to visitors at the visitor center (25%), develop original, formal interpretive/education programs such as a trail hike for families, campground program and perform in-person programs for visitors (45%), inventory and sustain interpretation and education activities (15%), and rove/hike park trails to make informal visitor contacts (15%).  Additionally, the participant will work collaboratively with other interpreters to contribute to the park’s social media outreach, trying to connect virtual visitors with Denali. During project time, the participant will help oversee the park’s Discovery Pack program for youth, assist with electronic requests for park information and help with data collection efforts to monitor vehicle impacts to the Denali Park Road.

In addition to training and experience working in interpretation and education, you’ll have the chance to shadow other NPS jobs and help with their work projects to have some hands-on experience in a variety of NPS career fields. Examples include: shadowing wildlife technicians working with the public on wildlife safety, helping the invasive species plant crew to remove invasive plants and assisting for a day with wildlife-vehicle interaction observations with park resource monitors.
This position’s duty station is at the park entrance.
Denali seeks an intern with strong skills or experience in the following areas:
·         Ability to manage and complete a list of detailed tasks each day
·         Confidence and experience with public speaking
·         Comfortable hiking in remote wilderness
·         A driver’s license and safe driving record
·         Guiding and/or group management experience
·         Basic First Aid (or higher) and CPR certifications
·         Naturalist/Environmental Education experience
·         Basic Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
·         A desire to work independently and learn new skills
Interns work an approximately 23 week summer season (between mid April and the end of September) with 40-hours per week schedule. Internet service and cell service is available in the area.
Denali is remote. Some food and community services are available in the Nenana Canyon outside the park entrance and there is a small grocery store in the town of Healy (10 miles north of park). Though there are many shops, restaurants and hotels in the immediate area it is a two hour drive to get to a substantial town (Fairbanks) with full amenities. It is a five hour drive to get to the state’s major airport hub in Anchorage.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $260 - weekly living allowance
  • $100 - work attire allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,907 education award)
  • Housing

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

  • The intern will be supervised by the Supervisory Park Ranger, the assigned mentor will be an seasonal GS-9 frontline interpreter with coaching experience. Additionally, the intern will have a job shadowing opportunity at least one day a pay period with other NPS staff such as the Kennels manager, wildlife technicians, backcountry rangers, resource monitors, biology technicians (invasive plants) and cultural resources technicians. Finally, the intern will also be provided the opportunity to shadow interpretation programs in each district of the park in addition to shadowing experienced ranger programs at his/her duty station. The intern will have an “intern experience booklet” to help track and capture the intern’s reflections on experiences across the park. The booklet also includes a guide to park partner visitor services that the intern can shadow on days off as desired.
  • At the internship start: hands-on training on interpretation skills and the natural/cultural history of Denali. Additional training will be available such as working with or shadowing other park divisions.
  • Denali offers fantastic hiking and backpacking in trail-less wilderness. It also offers biking, rafting, pack rafting, kayaking, photography, ‘adopting’ & walking a park sled dog, among a number of other planned activities for the local employees.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision