Please include position ID #: po-00126973
Visitor Injury Data Collection Intern: .
Rock Creek Park is an urban park with nearly 3,000 acres of land and 1,883,405 recreational visits in 2010. many of these visitors come to play tennis, soccer, picnic, hike, bike, roller blade, fish, horseback ride, listen to a concert, or attend interpretive programs with a park ranger. A large number of these visitors are using the park's multi-use trails.
The park's 9.8 miles of multi-use trail stretch from the Maryland border at Western Avenue south on Oregon Avenue to Bingham Drive, along Military Road to the vicinity of the Nature Center, and along Beach Drive and Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, ending at the Thompson Boat House along the Potomac River. The multi use trail system, which runs through a natural resource and scenic area, has become an integral part of a well-developed urban trail system in the DC metropolitan area. Visitors access the trail via multiple connections. The trail is used 7 days a week by bikers, walkers, and runners for exercise, training and daily commuting. Congestion on the trail poses a challenge to safe use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
The National Park Service is committed to reducing the number of unintentional injuries among our visitors. The purpose of this internship is to collect, input, and analyze visitor injury data in order to develop effective injury prevention strategies.
With support and guidance from park staff and the Public Risk Management Program (PRMP) staff at NPS Headquarters, the intern will:
In order to gain an understanding of the needs of the park as well as past, current, and/or planned visitor safety programs, the intern will also:
Upon completion of data extraction, the intern will work with PRMP staff to analyze collected data using a statistical software analysis program. Based on the data analyses, observations in the park and discussions with staff, at the end of the internship, the intern will produce a Power Point presentation highlighting findings and identifying possible risk factors for injury and suggested next steps.
The intern will attend an intensive, highly specialized, week-long training program held on June 3-8, 2012. The program will include didactic and active sessions on topics including overview of NPS, injury epidemiology, data collection, wilderness medical essentials, and risk communication.
Park orientation training will include the following topics: What to do in Case of Emergency, Heat Related Illness Prevention, Slip Trip and Fall Training, Hazard Communication, Personal Protection Equipment training, and Back Injury Prevention.
It also includes a one-day bike training at the George Washington Memorial Parkway, where the intern can obtain League of American Bicyclists certification in basic bike handling skills in an urban environment.
The intern must have:
Desired qualifications: Experience with a statistical software such as SAS and SPSS is a plus.
Housing Location: Washington DC
Position Code (PO): po-00126973
Agency: National Park Service
State: Dist Of Columbia
Start Date: Mon, 06/11/2012
End Date: Fri, 08/31/2012
Please include position ID #: po-00120331
This internship is part of the NPS Risk Management Internship Program.