Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates
May 17, 2021 to August 14, 2021
Wind Cave National Park
Position ID
Spend the summer exploring Wind Cave National Park, home to the seventh longest cave in the world.  This unique park located in the beautiful Black Hills of southwest South Dakota consists of 33,000 acres of mixed grass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems.  Free roaming bison, elk, prairie dogs and other associated wildlife overlie the most complex cave on earth. 

Duties include: researching, developing and presenting several different thematic interpretive programs, including guided cave tours* (50%), staffing the visitor center information desk (35%), assisting with resource management activities for either cave or surface-related resources (10%), and fee collection (5%).

*Due to pandemic, cave tours may be limited or suspended for the summer. If this is the case interpretive programming would emphasize talks and presentations on the surface about both cave and surface resources. 

This position provides:
- $100/week Living Allowance
- $650 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance 
- Housing on-site

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

Note:  This position is not eligible for the AmeriCorps education award.
  • Wind Cave National Park is located in the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota.
  • Interns will receive extensive training on resource preservation and stewardship and will be the primary educator of visitors on resource stewardship issues.
  • Interns gain valuable insight into the diversity of career fields within the NPS and with positive performance results will create a pathway to paid employment with Wind Cave National Park the following year. Recreational opportunities are extensive.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience