Park Guide Intern

Expected Dates
September 26, 2021 to January 29, 2022
Canyonlands National Park
Position ID
Join a team of dedicated rangers at Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky District working to help visitors appreciate, understand, and appropriately enjoy this stunning red rock desert. Responsibilities include:
  • Staff the visitor center desk providing orientation, answering questions, collecting fees, and helping visitors plan backcountry trips, 65%;  
  • Present interpretive programs which may include geology talks, patio talks, and guided walks, 10%;  
  • Research and prepare programs and/or rove scenic overlooks and park trails, 10%;
  • Training 10%; and
  • Assist park staff with various projects, 5%.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

*Please note this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

  • Do you want the best of both worlds? You’ll find it at Canyonlands National Park. The Island in the Sky district sits on a high mesa surrounded by the deep red rock canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers and offers spectacular views one hundred miles wide. Much of the park is wilderness providing unique possibilities to explore this untouched landscape. Thirty-five miles away is the town of Moab with shops, restaurants and a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The nearby La Sal Mountains are a cool forest retreat and fifteen other National Park sites within a day’s drive make for amazing weekend getaways.
  • Natural and cultural history; interpretive skills; backcountry roving; trail monitoring; fee collection; issuing permits.
  • Opportunity for 3-day White Rim backcountry orientation trip. There are many natural areas, national parks and state parks close-by and within a few hours drive.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
some experience