Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates
May 23, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Jewel Cave National Monument
Position ID
Join an interpretive team of dedicated professionals working to help visitors appreciate and enjoy one of America’s natural treasures.  At over 200 miles in length, Jewel Cave is the third longest cave in the world.  It exposes visitors to a beautiful and strange underground environment, which is still being mapped and surveyed by cavers.  This sense of exploration and discovery captures visitor attention and causes most visitors to understand the importance of preserving and protecting this special resource.

Position responsibilities include: leading guided cave tours (Scenic Tours, Discovery Talks, and Historic Lantern Tours); leading nature hikes on a one-quarter mile trail; developing, presenting, and evaluating interpretive patio talks; researching and preparing special event programs and/or roving high use visitor areas; staffing a visitor center desk; providing orientation directions, answering common visitor questions, and responding to written, telephone, and online requests; assisting in the sale of park store merchandise; assisting with special projects, such as the development of interpretive site bulletins, educational flyers and/or other media projects; and taking part in various professional development opportunities related to the interpretation and environmental education.

This position is also considered multi-faceted and may be be exposed to some resource management activities throughout the summer season.  These activities and responsibilities may include: working with resource professionals to perform cave restoration and invasive weed control; assisting with caving projects, such as water sampling, mapping, and surveying; and, assisting with volunteer service projects, such as Scout Ranger Programs and youth group activities. 

This position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.
  • Jewel Cave National Monument is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota. Climate extremes range from sub-zero temperatures during the winter season to nearly 100 degrees in the summer. Medical, dental, educational, shopping, religious, fuel, and basic visitor amenities are available in Custer, SD (13 miles east) or Newcastle, WY (22 miles west). Extended services can be found in Rapid City, SD (55 miles northeast). The local natural habitat includes a ponderosa pine forest, intermingled with open grassy meadows and rocky outcrops.
  • Online Courses - (Interpretive Talk)
  • Online Courses - Interpretive Talk); on trail caving adventures; cave orientation tours; hiking; nearby public land agencies also include rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, and backcountry hiking and camping.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Social Media
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Public Speaking
competent with supervision