Education and Outreach Intern – National Park Service

National Park Service
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January 13, 2020
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Start/End Dates: May 17 - August 8
Position Description:  The intern in this position will be developing and presenting onsite and offsite interpretive and educational programs to Latino audiences in the Pikes Peaks (Colorado Springs) region.  A majority of their time will be devoted to a special program called, "Fossils, Fishing, y Familia."  This will be a series of one day adventures to Florissant Fossil Beds and Eleven Mile State Park.  The program will be engage multigenerational audiences and will include hiking, fishing, picnicking, participating in ranger guided programs, completing the Junior Ranger program, and searching for fossils at a partner quarry site.  Interns will also help interpret the Monument's resources to other general audiences in the Fossil Learning Lab and on ranger guided programs.  Interpretive training will be provided.
Qualifications:  Ideal applicants might already have some background in public speaking and/or working with the public.  Applicants must have the ability to interact well with multigenerational audiences. A strong science background and/or the ability to learn a lot of science information quickly is desired.

Location: 

The duty station for this position is Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado, located 17 miles west of Woodland Park, Colorado. Florissant is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado on Hwy 24. Colorado Springs to Florissant is a paved mountain highway, winding up Ute Pass through several communities, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park, and Divide.

Woodland Park is a good size town with many amenities, including a hospital, schools, grocery stores many restaurants, and a Wal-Mart.  It has many lodging options from apartments to single family homes for rent and sale. Florissant's elevation is 8400 feet; it is primarily rolling hills of Ponderosa Pine forests and meadows, with large mountain ranges nearby. Temperatures range from average lows of 0-30 degrees in winter to average highs of 75-85 degrees in summer. Park housing is not available, but rental and purchase opportunities are numerous in the surrounding communities.

Florissant is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with nearby U.S. Forest Service land for mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking, hunting, lake fishing, and snow shoeing. World class fly fishing is just a 10 minute drive to the South Platte River.  Also, find downhill skiing at local Colorado ski resorts in neighboring Summit and Chaffee counties.

Housing is not provided.  There are many opportunities for short term rentals in the area.
Interns must have a vehicle.

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