NPS Structural Fire Protection Internship

Expected Dates
May 17, 2021 to July 25, 2021
National Park Service - NIFC
Position ID

The National Park Service (NPS) Structural Fire Protection Internship provides students enrolled in fire protection engineering, fire administration, or fire investigation degree programs an opportunity to gain practical work experience that will augment academic training related to the duties of a Fire Protection Specialist. Interns will support efforts to establish and maintain an effective structural fire prevention program, reducing the risks of death, injury, property loss, and damage to historic collections from the effects of structural fires. Positions are located at NPS sites across the U.S. 

As a NPS Structural Fire Protection Intern, you may be responsible for the following duties, which can vary by park location:

  • Assist with the development of a fire inspection program by identifying occupancy types (target hazards)
    and assessing their associated risks to life safety in the event of a structural fire.
  • Develop evacuation plans.
  • Assist with the development of inspection, testing, and maintenance plans for fire protection systems.
  • Conduct training classes on portable fire extinguishers.
  • Establish a fire hydrant inspection and flow test program.
  • Establish a hot work permit program.
  • Review plans for new construction and provide feedback to the Regional Structural Fire Manager (RSFM).
  • Revise a park’s structural fire management plan.

Additional tasks will be specific to each work site.

This 10-week internship can have flexible starting and ending dates between May 17th and August 27th. Students who have completed their junior year of college and are currently enrolled in a relevant engineering program are preferred.

 More information about this internship opportunity can be found here.

More information about the NPS Structural Fire Program can be found here.

Compensation amounts:

  • $650 - one time round-trip travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,342 education award)
  • Housing

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

  • Interns will be located at National Park Service sites across the United States. Selected parks will be listed in late January 2021.
  • Interns will receive initial orientation and on-the-job training, as well as participate in biweekly training sessions with subject matter experts and mentors. Depending on the park, other training may be provided by the local supervisor.
  • Interns will learn about the rich history and natural and cultural resources of each park. Each park has diverse recreational opportunities that may include hiking, climbing, kayaking, and sightseeing.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Mathematics & Data Analysis
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Data Analysis
competent without supervision