Park Guide Intern

Expected Dates
March 3, 2019 to July 6, 2019
Site
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID
PO-00727233
Join a team of dedicated rangers working to help visitors appreciate, understand, and appropriately enjoy the stunning red rock desert of Canyonlands National Park, Needles District. Duties include:
  • Staffing the visitor center desk to provide orientation, answer questions, help visitors plan backcountry trips and assist in the sale of bookstore merchandise, 50%;
  • Collecting fees for park entrance and for backcountry permits in the visitor center, 10%;
  • Developing and presenting formal and informal interpretive programs which may include geology talks, patio talks and/or guided walks, 10%;
  • Attending formal and informal training to learn about park resources and operations, 10%;
  • Roving scenic overlooks and park trails to contact visitors, 10%; and
  • Assisting park staff with various projects, 10%.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

*This Internship is Not Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

NOTE: This internship is located in a remote location with no cellular service. Candidates need to be comfortable spending extended periods of time in an area with little human interaction. Being able to keep yourself entertained is a must for being successful at this position. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience demonstrating their ability to do this.  
 

  • Much of the park is wilderness and staff reside within the park, enjoying unparalleled access to explore this remote landscape. Hiking, backpacking and 4WDing are very popular here. The town of Monticello, UT is located 55 miles from the Needles District and is a small, rural town that provides basic services. There is a grocery store, gas stations and a few restaurants, as well as hotels to serve visitors to the area. Major services are available in Moab, Utah (72 miles), or Cortez, Colorado (100 miles).
  • A full, one-week training is offered by area experts on the natural and cultural history of the area, interpretive skills and NPS operations, along with many on-the-job opportunities.
  • The nearby Henry & La Sal Mountains are cool forest retreats and fifteen other state & national park sites within a day’s drive make for amazing weekend getaways. Moab, an adventure-sport mecca, is only 72 miles away.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
some experience