Night Skies Interpretive Park Guide Intern

Expected Dates
October 7, 2019 to September 30, 2020
White Sands National Monument
Position ID
 The primary duties of this position will be focused on implementing all aspects of a new public astronomy program and general front-line interpretation duties, including developing and presenting public programs on topics such as astronomy, night sky resource protection, geology, history, and paleontology. You will be tasked with developing operating procedures for a new astronomy program, initial research into obtaining International Dark Sky Park certification, operating computer-based astronomical and solar telescopes, creation of online and printed night sky focused interpretive media, and initiating partnerships with the local community for astronomy based programming.

Also, you will learn and perform day-to-day interpretive park ranger skills, including performing guided walks, conducting formal presentations, working in a fast-paced visitor center, and other general duties. Other daily duties will include, providing visitors with orientation, respond to phone inquiries, open and close visitor use areas, and assist with different operational needs. 

White Sands National Monument is heavily visited national park unit (over 600,000 visitors per year) with a small, team-driven park staff.  Visitation remains constant throughout the year, with periods of heavy visitation in all seasons.  The interpretive staff focuses on professional development, and we concentrate on effective interpretive program design using a mix of classic interpretive and audience centered experiences principles.

Skills sought:
  • Team leadership
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willing and desire to learn
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Focused on customer service
  • Team-oriented individual with the ability to work on projects independently
  • Cash handling skills
  • Telescope experience a plus

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $425 - monthly housing allowance (member responsible for finding and paying for own housing)
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

*Start date subject to full completion of federal agreement paperwork and may need to be changed
  • 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.
  • A week-long employee orientation. Topics for this training include interpretive skills, natural and cultural resources of White Sands, and CPR and First Aid. On-line training opportunities in interpretive skills and Adobe Creative Suite programs includin
  • Local attractions range from recreational opportunities (i.e., hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping) and cultural events to areas of historical significance and educational possibilities. The area is host to museums, observatories, state and nationally
  • 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