Visitor Experience and Trails Ambassador

Expected Dates
August 23, 2021 to August 21, 2022
Site
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Position ID
PO-00731893
If you love engaging with children, teachers, and the public, while working with an intergenerational and innovative team of national park staff and volunteers, come join us at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller and Saint-Gaudens National Historical Parks!

This position focuses on four areas:

1) In the spring and fall, you’ll work with park education staff and local teachers to develop and deliver dynamic place-based education and service-learning programs for youth in grades K through 12, that connects youth the park’s diverse trail systems and associated resources. You will work with visitor experience, natural resource, and maintenance staff to assist in assessing trail conditions and identifying, developing, and implementing youth service projects.

2) In summer, you’ll serve as a frontline interpreter and trails ambassador - roving trails, staffing visitor centers, providing informal visitor engagement and formal thematic programs to connect diverse audiences to park trails. You will work with park volunteers, youth crews and youth organizations to assist in implementing trail stewardship projects and supporting the park’s VIP Trail Ambassador program.  

3) In winter, you will assist in planning and implementing winter trail programs. You will work with various park divisions to report on trail stewardship efforts, promote the trail system and volunteer opportunities, and develop youth service projects to implement the following year.

4) Throughout the year, you’ll: a) provide support to the Volunteers-in-Parks program with a focus on advancing the trail ambassador program. b) assist with the planning, promotion and execution of various trail events, from winter morning snowshoe walks to multi-day public events; and c) conduct direct trail stewardship projects.

This internship offers ample opportunity to exploring the many career paths in the National Park Service, as well as extensive professional development.

We are looking for an intern with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a passion for working with children and teachers, team-orientation, attention to detail, and a willingness to take a hands-on approach to work. The position will work five days per week, 8:30am-5pm, for one year. Working weekends is required June through October. The schedule switches to mostly Monday through Friday in the late fall, winter, and spring, with occasional weekend work.
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is located in the year-round resort community of Woodstock, Vermont – an area of great natural beauty alongside the Ottauquechee River in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The new park opened for the first time to visitors in 1998 and is the first unit of the National Park System to focus on the theme of conservation history and the changing nature of land stewardship in America. It manages and interprets the early 19th century Billings/Rockefeller mansion and grounds complex, as well as a 500-acre forest property on the slopes of Mount Tom where hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing are popular with visitors.

    Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park is located in the rural New Hampshire town of Cornish, just across the river from Windsor, Vermont. The park preserves and interprets the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors, including over 100 of his artworkss, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Visitors enjoy summer concerts, hike nature trails, or explore their artistic side by participating in sculpture classes.

    The climate at both sites is moderate in spring, summer, and fall seasons; winters may be harsh. A variety of local restaurants and groceries are located in the villages of Woodstock, VT and Windsor, VT within a few miles radius of the parks.

  • The intern will participate in a mulit-day seasonal orientation, a weekly leadership development workshop, and interpretive training throughout the summer. Special training opportunities may be available in fall, winter, or spring.
  • The park hosts a variety of workshops throughout the season for the public and staff. Interns will collaborate with other area interns, and be able to participate in weekly recreation trips/activities such as swimming and hiking.
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Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
GIS
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience