Interpretation & Education Intern

Website Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Start Date: May 15th, 2023

End Date: August 4th, 2023

Compensation: $640 a week paid every two weeks. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program. 

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Latino Heritage Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Please Apply HERE

Project Description: 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle (KLSE), part of the greater Seattle Area National Park Sites, which also includes the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, is dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging between communities and public lands. The intern will support the park’s youth programming and community outreach efforts through inclusive activities and conversations with unacknowledged communities in the National Park Service (NPS). With an asset-based framework, the intern will collaborate with local communities to elevate their strengths, resources, and capabilities to grow as an individual and to improve the NPS. KLSE is ready to support the intern’s personal and professional growth goals with flexibility within youth programming projects.

Intern Qualifications:

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Strong communication skills 
  • Interest in the National Park Service, conservation, and leadership
  • Ability to work with unacknowledged communities/individuals
  • Experience developing curriculum and engaging activities for youth
  • Skilled working independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with partnership building 
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking ability
  • The ability to self-start/work independently
  • Flexibility/resourcefulness
  • The ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector

Physical/Natural Environment: KLSE is a national historical park located in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood in downtown Seattle. The Cadillac Hotel serves as the permanent home for the park with the ground and first floors of the building housing exhibits commemorating and preserving the story of the rush to the Yukon gold fields in 1897-1898. The park has no admission fee. Multiple modes of transportation are blocks from the park which allow ease for commuting to groceries, activities, and other facilities. The weather at the park is mild with drizzly winters

This is an internship with the park interpretation and education division. The intern will help share “untold” stories of the Klondike Gold Rush, in particular stories related to Latino heritage, by working alongside park staff to learn operations and assist visitors. The internship will also incorporate Latino culture into the community and in turn connect and empower our Latino community by putting on educational programs and special events in Skagway. 

The main duties of the intern are: 

Research, develop, and present an interpretive ranger talk: The intern will develop a program which should focus on a marginalized aspect of the Klondike story. In past years, rangers have created programs such as: the cultural influence the 1898 Spanish-American war had on the U.S. and the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, and the influence of Latino culture on the Victorian era, and the African American “Buffalo Soldiers” of Company L stationed in Skagway. 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 these important stories with thousands of visitors throughout the summer. Collaborate on community outreach and special events: The intern will work with the Education Specialist in collaborating on educational programs which will incorporate Latino heritage into our community. Some of these programs may include: interpretive programs provided in the Spanish language, Latino visitor meet and greets, local, invasive, or edible plants hike, local fauna education, or examining the health of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. 

Provide informal interpretation and visitor assistance: The intern will help staff public buildings such as park visitor center, museums, and other historic buildings. Duties will include providing informal interpretation to visitors on Klondike Gold Rush history and park resources and significance, offering site orientation to visitors, operating media equipment, introducing the park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will work with the visual information specialist to produce social media content, reaching diverse audiences across the world. 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. 

Learn 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 could include attending the superintendent’s leadership meetings and departmental planning meetings. This tailored experience can also include shadowing park environmental field studies such as local bird and 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. 

Work Products: 

The intern will develop a 30-min. interpretive ranger program, collaborate on programs incorporating Latino culture into our community, and develop a program to put on during Latino Conservation Week. The intern will learn interpretive techniques and methods including Audience Centered Experiences. They will gain extensive experience in formal and informal interpretation, along with general customer service. The intern will also gain experience in developing and implementing educational programs, community outreach, and special events. By the close of the internship, this individual will have excellent experience in interpretive program development and implementation. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with a biologist, an archaeologist, curators and several other park staff. This will give them an informative glimpse at various NPS careers. 

Some coursework in history is helpful but not required. This intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day. Outreach and special events involve children, thus experience working with children is preferred but not required. The intern will also need to be comfortable in developing digital media to share with our visitors. The intern will need to be able to research, develop, and present a 30-minute ranger talk.

Intern Qualifications:

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Some coursework in history is helpful but not required
  • Candidate will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day
  • Outreach and special events involve children, thus experience working with children is preferred but not required
  • Candidate will also need to be comfortable in developing digital media to share with our visitors
  • Candidate will need to be able to research, develop, and present a 30-minute ranger talk

Physical/Natural Environment: Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska. It is in the Alaska panhandle 90 miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. The climate of Skagway is considered a coastal temperate rainforest.

The park is in the busy port town of Skagway in the coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska. The summer population is around 2,500. Over 10,000 visitors can come to Skagway each day via cruise ships. The tourism industry attracts young, energetic employees that complement the welcoming small-town feel. There are several Latino residents scattered throughout the community. Skagway has one grocery store, a recreation center, several restaurants and bars, a microbrewery, and a library with free Wi-Fi. Skagway also has miles of outdoor recreational trails and ocean access for water-based activities. It is a short drive to British Columbia and the Yukon, so a passport is recommended. Skagway’s cruise ship industry supports dozens of adventure companies offering activities such as rock climbing, river rafting, dog sledding, and even glassblowing. During the summer months weather can be variable, but highs in the 60s are typical. Rain can occur daily, but rarely for the whole day during the summer.

Work Environment: The intern will work a 5-day work week, working 8 hours a day. Each workday, the intern will attend a daily morning meeting with interpretation and education staff. For most of the intern’s time, they will work alongside seasonal staff at the visitor center and at the park’s historic buildings and museums. They will independently present formal interpretive programs and, independently staff park buildings. To provide a robust NPS experience, the intern will also be provided opportunities to participate in biological and archaeological field studies. These studies can be strenuous, requiring hiking for several hours across rough terrain, in bear country, and in changing weather conditions. The opportunities offered will be tailored to match the intern’s interests and abilities.

To apply for this job email your details to internships@environmentamericas.org

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