Visitor Services and Youth Programs Intern

Expected Dates
May 12, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Position ID

This position will develop and deliver original, creative, exploratory Junior Ranger programs for local youth ages 3-12 as part of the park’s Junior Ranger and Day Camp series.  These programs will be delivered at the visitor center in Port Alsworth and in local native villages.  Programs are aimed at connecting youth with park stories, experiences, and natural and cultural resources such as wildlife, geology, and archaeology. 
Additionally, this position will staff the park’s Visitor Center to dispense verbal and written information to walk-in visitors and provide verbal information to phone inquiries. This will include sharing knowledge of the park, assisting with trip planning, providing general information, introducing and showing visitors the exhibits, showing films, re-stocking brochure racks & handouts, collecting & recording visitor use statistics, opening and/or closing the visitor center, and selling Alaska Geographic merchandise.  As part of the park’s digital outreach efforts the intern will develop a season long social media series to showcase park locations, stories, and recreational opportunities through facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This position will have the opportunity to get to know the park through personal experiences which will require hiking over rough terrain and in potentially inclement weather, flying in small aircraft, boating on large lakes, and spending time in remote, undeveloped wilderness settings.
Experience working with youth and passion about natural and cultural history are essential. Customer service and public speaking experience are beneficial.

Compensation amounts:

  • $2,000 - one-time RT Travel Allowance
  • $280 - weekly living allowance
  • $200 - one-time allowance for purchase of PPE boots and pants 
  • Housing provided

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

*Please note that this position is NOT AmeriCorps eligible*
*Please provide a 1-2 page resume attachment with your SCA application*

  • Port Alsworth is a small, isolated community of about 200 people on the shores of Lake Clark. This community is not connected to the road system. Travelers arrive here by small plane. Services and amenities are limited.
  • Three weeks of training including interpretive and educational training, park operations, and youth program development. Continual mentoring through original program development and delivery.
  • Hiking, kayaking, camping, canoeing, birding, and wildlife viewing.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
some experience
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision