Park Guide Intern

Expected Dates
August 15, 2021 to November 20, 2021
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID
Join a team of dedicated rangers working to help visitors appreciate, understand, and appropriately enjoy the stunning red rock desert of The Needles district in Canyonlands National Park. 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 at an entrance station, 10%;
  • Developing and presenting formal and informal interpretive programs which may include patio talks, evening programs, and “pop-up” programs on trails, 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
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes 
NOTE: The park is in a remote location with no cellular service. Candidates need to be comfortable living in an area with extremely limited human interaction and connectivity. 
*This Internship is Not Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

  • 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.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
some experience