Natural Resources Management and Planning Intern (DHA-RA)

Denver Service Center Planning Division, Natural Resources Branch
December 5, 2020
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Serving as a project specialist, the intern will acquire a working knowledge and understanding of the National Park Service organization and its role in protected areas management. The goal of this project is to successfully reach a consensus among park staff and regional staff and make decisions on the two to three park planning projects assigned to the intern. The intern will have opportunities to facilitate and document conversations with park staff to develop strategies towards more effectively and strategically managing park resources. This work may involve traveling to individual park units for site visits, meetings, and workshops. Results from workshops are documented in a formal plan and workshop report. The work is fast-paced and often involves competing deadlines and high standards for work products. Through this opportunity, the intern will develop professional-level facilitation, writing, communication, critical thinking, and time management skills. The intern’s primary duties would be to support a variety of plans and initiatives targeted to resolve management challenges inherent to the NPS mission of protecting resources and providing for visitor enjoyment. Projects facilitated through the Denver Service Center include a diverse range of visitor and resource management activities - and are often conducted with participation from other federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, special interest groups, and the general public. Through facilitating workshops with park staff and stakeholders, lending expertise from their specific natural resource discipline, and helping parks articulate management actions through plans and reports, the intern will be contributing directly to helping parks meet the NPS mission.


The intern must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship. The intern should be seeking a degree, preferably an advanced degree, in natural resources, natural resources management, natural resources planning, resource management, and policy, or similar fields. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, a good writer and communicator, and enjoys working in a highly collaborative team environment. The candidate should have an interest in pursuing a career with a federal land management agency focusing on management planning, policy, and resource management. Special consideration will be given to interns in their first year of a graduate degree program.

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Latino Heritage Internship Program in partnership with Environment for the Americas.

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