Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates
February 22, 2021 to February 20, 2022
White Sands National Monument
Position ID
**Local hire ONLY from Alamogordo/Las Cruces**

Come join our staff at White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico! White Sands protects the world’s largest gypsum dunefield and surrounding desert environment. Every year the park participates in the Every Kid Outdoors program by welcoming underserved youth with a hands on experience that includes a pre-visit, guided field trip, and post-visit activity to the federal lands in southern New Mexico. You will be instrumental in continuing this program by continuing the work already started and creating new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) programs for students. While the main focus of the internship is to work with the Every Kid Outdoors program you will be an integral member of the interpretive team and given many opportunities to further your skills.

Duties Include:
-Staff visitor center and initiate sales on Western National Park Association register (30%).
-Develop and present short formal interpretive programs (30%).
-Provide roving interpretation on topics ranging from sand to wildlife (10%).
-Further development of the Every Kid Outdoors program and create tours to be added to the White Sands app (30%).
Staffing the visitor center is limited to one individual however, multiple staff members will be on site at one time. The work week will be 5 days, 8 hours per day, and will include evening and weekend work. Conditions often require working outside in hot, windy, dry weather and long periods of standing each day. This position is ideal for outgoing individuals or those looking to obtain the skills needed for a career in the visitor services sector.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic modifications have occurred to operations to keep staff safe. This position lists duties as though programs are occurring however programs and roving are currently limited/not available. While in person programming is not occurring intern will be trained and provided the opportunity to develop programs and they will likely be turned into virtual programs on the White Sands app

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $175 - weekly living allowance
  • $650- housing allowance

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
*This position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

  • Alamogordo is situated at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 54, 70, and 82, which lead east into the mountains and the quaint village of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, south to the international border city of El Paso, Texas, west to the university city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and north into the heart of the Land of Enchantment.
  • Two weeks of preparatory training including: safety topics, CPR/First Aid, interpretive program development, natural resource training, and visitor center operations.
  • The Lincoln National Forest provides many opportunities for hiking, biking, and even snow activities in the winter. There are typically many events that happen locally including movies at the zoo, parades, and rodeo.
  • Yes
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
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision