Make substantial contributions to the Wind Cave's interpretative activities. Your summer will focus on two primary tasks:
1) conduct frontline interpretive services, including leading multiple interpretive cave tours daily, that explain the geologic and natural history of one of the world’s most complex cave systems (70%), and;
2) produce an interpretive training manual about the park’s geologic resources that will help future interpreters convey geologic resource information to park visitors in an accurate and engaging manner (30%).
The cave is the park’s primary resource and can only be seen by guided tour. Each year thousands of visitors are unable to experience the cave because tours routinely fill to capacity and no other staff are available to lead additional tours. By leading interpretive tours the candidate will lead up to 90 tours and enable up to 3,000 visitors to directly experience Wind Cave. In addition to tours the intern will engage daily with diverse audiences (e.g., families, seniors, international travelers, junior rangers, visitors with disabilities) at the visitor center desk and other formal and informal settings.
They will also become adept at communicating both basic park information as well as complex geologic and natural and cultural history topics in a succinct and engaging way for park visitors. This will in turn help them distill and organize into one resource manual the park's geologic story from current scientific documents.