Do you enjoy story-telling and would like to share “untold” stories of the Klondike Gold Rush times with the public? Work alongside park staff to learn operations and assist visitors with these fun activities! The main duties of the intern are:
- Interpretive programs: Research, develop, and lead walking tours and auditorium programs focused on a marginalized aspect of the Klondike story. In past years, rangers have created programs on women of the Klondike, children during the gold rush, the culture & influence of the Tlingit (Alaska Native) people, and the African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" of Company L stationed in Skagway. LHIP interns have created and implemented programs focused on the cultural influence the 1898 Spanish-American war had on the U.S and the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Using a substantial amount of primary source documents and research, the intern can choose from multiple facets of the Gold Rush story to share and connect with visitors.
- Informal interpretation & visitor assistance: Staff public buildings such as park visitor center, museums, and Junior Ranger Activity Center. Duties will include providing informal interpretation to visitors on Klondike Gold Rush history and park resources & significance, offering site orientation to visitors, operating media equipment, introducing park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will gain a detailed understanding of how to share the National Park Service mission, day to day operations at a busy national park site, and greatly build on their public communication skills.
- Learning about the National Park Service: The intern will have many opportunities to learn about different park operations. This will be tailored to the selected intern, but will include attending the superintendent’s leadership meetings and departmental planning meetings. This tailored experience can also include shadowing park environmental field studies such as boreal toad surveys, eulachon Fish studies, and/or bat acoustic monitoring. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in archaeological digs with cultural resources staff, and time is provided for the intern to hike in the backcountry on the park’s Chilkoot Trail.
- Community outreach & special events: The intern will have other opportunities for outreach depending on their interests. Opportunities include promoting LHIP during the park’s Jr. Ranger Day by staffing an activity table, marching with the NPS float in the Fourth of July parade, assisting with summer camp planning and staffing, or any of the other events at the park.
The intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day. Public speaking skills or a desire to build public speaking skills are a must. Some coursework in history is helpful but not required. Experience working with children is also a plus. The intern will need to be able to research, develop, and present a 45-minute interpretive walking tour 3-5 times a week for up to 30 visitors per program. The intern will also develop a 30-minute long auditorium program.