Interpretation and Visitor Services Intern

Expected Dates
September 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Position ID
PO-00723925

Great Smoky Mountains National Park interns in Resource Education acquire experience and training in presenting thematic naturalist and cultural programs; become familiar with operations at a visitor center in a large national park; and gain knowledge on a variety of topics including wildlife biology, botany, forest ecology, geology, Native American culture, history, and park management. In addition, there are many recreational opportunities either in Park or the surrounding area to hike, bike, backpack, canoe, kayak, raft, fish, rock climb, and observe wildlife.

 

Interpretation/Visitor Services interns deal directly with park visitors. After completing a training session, the work involves answering questions at visitor centers and providing trip planning help at an information desk, researching, preparing, and presenting short guided walks and talks, leading children’s programs, providing information to individuals you may encounter on trails or overlooks, providing roving interpretation in the field, assisting with traffic/visitor management around wildlife, assisting other park operations in the field, and completing a wide variety of special projects. 

  • The duty station for this position is the Sugarlands Visitor Center at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sugarlands is located close to the park’s Northern entrance near Gatlinburg, TN. Centrally located within the park, Sugarlands is close to many things inside the park including high elevation hiking trails and streamside rambles. Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge and Sevierville offer a variety of shopping choices and many national and local bank chains.

    Sugarlands Visitor Center is one of the busiest in the National Park System with over 5,000 visitors per day seeking assistance during the busy summer season.

  • One full week of training will be provided to the intern including Interpretation Skills Training and other opportunities to learn about the Smokies resources and the National Park Service. Basic First Aid/CPR training is provided.
  • There are many recreational opportunities either in Park or the surrounding area to hike, bike, backpack, canoe, kayak, raft, fish, rock climb, and observe wildlife.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience