03 Dec Interpretation & Education Intern
Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park
Please apply HERE
Dates: May 23, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022
Compensation: $600/week + housing
Application Due: February 6, 2022
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.
The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs
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 the 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.
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 ifluence of Latino culture on the Victorian era. Other programs have also included women of the Klondike, children during the Gold Rush, the culture and influence of the Tlingit (Alaska Native) people, 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 incorporate Latino heritage into our community. The intern will also be encouraged to develop and implement a program for Latino Conservation Week which is created to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources. 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 fresh water and marine ecosystems. Other 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.
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 park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will work with 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 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 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.
Natural and Physical Work Environment: The park is located in the busy port town of Skagway in the coastal temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska. The summer population is around 3,000. 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. Skagway has two grocery stores, 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. There are several Latino residents scattered throughout the community.
Abilities and Skills: Public speaking skills or a desire to build public speaking skills are a must. Having experience in developing and implementing educational programs, community outreach programs and special events is preferred but not required.
Education and Qualifications: Some coursework in history is helpful but not required. This intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day. Numerous of the 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, typically given outdoors.
Housing: housing provided
To apply for this job please visit environmentamericas.org.