Interpretation and Environmental Education Intern

Expected Dates
September 3, 2019 to June 8, 2020
Chiricahua National Monument
Position ID
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves and manages our country’s outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources. Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site are each unique sites that comprise the Southeast Arizona Group of the NPS. This internship will help ensure that visitors have a meaningful and memorable experience at the parks, school groups will have an outstanding educational experience and outreach efforts to local communities will be increased. 

Duties include, but are not limited to, staffing the visitor center desk, greeting and orienting visitors, providing informal interpretation, selling interpretive materials; researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs to the visiting public (guided walks, tours, demonstrations, etc.); conducting environmental education programs at the park and in schools; staffing outreach events in local communities; performing roving trail patrols; working on assigned projects that could include research and interpretive writing.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

*Please note, this internship is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. 

  • The intern will have housing at Chiricahua but work at all 3 parks. Chiricahua National Monument is located in Southeast Arizona where the hot and dry Sonoran Desert meets the milder Chihuahuan Desert, and the southern Rocky Mountains about the northern Sierra Madres. Headquarters is 35 miles Southeast of Willcox, Arizona. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 60s to lows in the 20s. Snow should be expected from November to March. Spring brings warmer temperatures and winds. May and June are hot and dry. July brings monsoons, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms until early Sept. Autumn is fantastic for outdoor activities. Medical clinic, churches and limited shopping are located in Willcox. Full service facilities and shopping are available in Tucson, approximately 120 miles from the Monument and Sierra Vista which is located about 100 miles from the Monument.
  • By working with the Interpretation division and other NPS staff, the SCA intern will gain an understanding of working in a federal land management agency. Training in environmental education and interpretive skills will be provided.
  • Tucson is about 2 hours away and offers many diverse cultural, recreational and educational opportunties. Many other state and local historical and recreational areas are within a day’s drive.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Money Handling
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision