How would you like to be an integral part of the Division of Interpretation during the busy summer season at Rocky Mountain National Park? This internship would help with the overall operations for the Division of Interpretation from June to August of 2020. The intern would work 5 days a week with 2 consecutive days off. Two out of the 11 weeks would be in training to learn about interpretation, environmental education, teamwork, as well as learning the mission of the NPS. The main duties of the internship would have components of presenting 2 formal interpretive programs, helping facilitate Spanish Outreach programs, roving along Park trails and overlooks to make informal contacts with visitors in the field, prep time to organize programs, and staffing a park visitor center one-two half days per week.
The intern’s primary responsibility would be providing formal and informal programs to the visiting public. Programs will range from half-hour talk to two-hour Pop-up programs. The intern will also assist with Spanish Outreach programs for the local community and for specialty groups. This position will provide assistance and help facilitate the programs, both in English and Spanish. They will have support and guidance from other Spanish speaking rangers, and local members of the community to organize, plan, and advertise for the outreaches.
We will aim to offer 2 separate outreaches during the internship time period (one in July and one in August), for local families to help them see the importance of public lands, and to see themselves as owners and stewards of RMNP. We will also provide short welcome talk to specialty groups including a nonprofit partner CalWood, who runs a family camping program at Rocky. This LHIP intern will help us reach new audiences, and gives us avenues to diversify and stay relevant as we embark on another 100 years of protecting public lands. This position will enable us to dedicate a liaison between the park and the local Latino community and hopefully increase participation of the Latino community in park events.
- Education requirements: Upper-Level College student or graduates with an educational background (or have taken courses) in the areas of ecology, biology, environmental studies, zoology, geology, resource management, park and recreational management, public speaking, communication, teaching or interpretation.
- Skills and/or previous experience required: Entry level knowledge of or prior experience with public speaking. General interest in the environment, science, resource management, and education. Strong writing and computer skills, and have intermediate to fluent Spanish.