Interpretation Internship at Devils Tower

Expected Dates
June 1, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Position ID
Join a team of dedicated rangers working to help visitors appreciate, understand, and appropriately enjoy Devils Tower National Monument and the Black Hills. You’ll expand your personal knowledge and skills by learning about the park and sharing this information with visitors. In this position, you will provide interpretive, orientation and safety information at the visitor center (25%), you will learn how to design, develope and present evening programs (5%) and rove trails (20%).

EDUCATION and RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Hiking trails meander for approximately 8 miles (12.1 km) through Devils Tower National Monument. The popular 1.3 mile (2 km) paved Tower Trail circles Devils Tower itself. Other longer trails traverse tranquil forests and meadows in the monument. Technical rock climbing is allowed in the monument. All persons planning to climb or scramble above the boulder field are required to register before and check in after a climb. The Northern Plains Indians believe Devils Tower is a sacred site. Out of deference to American Indian views, there is a voluntary climbing closure during the month of June.The town of Hulett (9 miles) provides gas and groceries, while major services are available in Sundance (30 miles ), or Spearfish,SD (50 miles). This Internship is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Devils Tower National Monument is our nation’s first national monument. Located in northeast Wyoming, it was set aside to preserve the 867 foot column of igneous rock along with prehistoric/historic cultural resources and the plants and animal life of the area. Park size is 1,347 acres with an elevation of about 3,800 feet. The climate is usually mild and typical of the Black Hills region. High temperatures can range from the mid-90s in the summer to the 50s in the spring and fall. The three closest communities, Hulett (9 miles), Sundance (28 miles), and Moorcroft (30 miles) have basic services. The larger communities of Spearfish, SD and Gillette, WY are approximately 1 hour away with many services available.
  • Training opportunities include an overall seasonal training from other divisions and communities such as local museums. Also there will be computer training, and an introduction to NPS policies and procedures.
  • There are lots of recreational opportunities in the area. Hiking trails meander for approximately 8 mi (12.1 km) through the monument. The popular 1.3 mi (2 km) Tower Trail circles the Tower
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
degree major or professional experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision