Natural Resource Interpretation and Visitor Services Assistant

Website Shenandoah National Park

The majority of the intern’s time will be divided among 3 major work duties: formal interpretive programming, visitor center staffing, and informal interpretation in the field.  

For formal interpretive programming, the participant will present an interpretive program that will be presented to visitors at least five times. This program will be an ongoing, independently researched and original, thematic interpretive program (such as a guided walk, talk, junior ranger program, and evening program) about the park’s significance to a wide variety of audiences. The program will focus on the park’s natural and cultural resources, emerging critical issues such as climate change and preservation of night skies, and other relevant park topics. Our programs are given at various park locations including campgrounds, trails, visitor centers, and historic buildings and range in length from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours. 

At visitor centers, the intern will help staff an information desk or station to provide orientation, education, and safety messages to visitors. The final third of the intern’s time will be spent providing informal interpretation and education during fixed station and roving assignments including on trails, picnic grounds, and visitor use areas. The intern may also participate in special programs and events and contribute to park publications and social media, depending on park needs and the intern’s interest and experience.  

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