Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates
September 27, 2021 to May 15, 2022
Site
White Sands National Park
Position ID
PO-00731977

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.  

  • White Sands National Park was designated on December 20, 2019. The park protects about 45% of the world’s largest active gypsum dunefield and all the plants, animals, and cultural sites within. New to the park’s story is the interpretation of preserved trackways from people and animals that lived in the Tularosa Basin thousands of years ago. The park is located about 10 miles from the nearest town that has all the amenities you would need.
  • Two weeks of preparatory training including: safety topics, CPR/First Aid, interpretive program development, natural resource training, and visitor center operations.
  • Education and recreation opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding area. 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
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Customer Service
some experience
Working with Children
some experience