NPS Livestream Production Internship (Winter)

Expected Dates
September 28, 2014 to March 28, 2015
Denali National Park
Position ID
Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska seeks an experienced graduate student or industry professional with a background in broadcast TV-style production to further its interactive, online outreach presence on Livestream. In June 2014, Denali pioneered a park-based, interactive outreach presence for the National Park Service at The platform hosts 15-minute conversations with a variety of guests who can respond to comments and answer questions that viewers submit through a Livestream chat box, on Twitter, and comment threads on Facebook. Live captioning of each event is available simultaneously on the park website at During winter, the program collaborates with the park’s education program to produce interactive distance learning opportunities for registered school groups.
Within your application materials, please provide links to examples of your on-camera performance experience and produced programs.
Possible tasks and responsibilities of the position may include —
  • Recruit guests and develop an event schedule
  • Develop promotional and preview marketing materials
  • Maintain event listings on the Livestream page and the park website
  • Contact presenters in advance to make sure that their talks and activities don’t include content that is restricted by copyright
  • Attend and produce broadcasts for scheduled events
  • Appear as an on-camera host, emcee, and interviewer as needed
  • Manage video archives of produced events, and assure that open captions are attached to versions on the park website
  • Gather and analyze metrics, feedback and evaluation materials
  • Recruit and train production volunteers
  • Develop SOPs and production protocols
  • Offer tweaks and improvements to the system design and workflow, as it evolves 
  • Write a final report summarizing project outcomes, findings, and suggested improvements
  • Serve as a contributor, recruiter, and trainer for the park’s social media team
Other assigned activities may include, but are not limited to: project research; planning; writing; editing; illustration; graphic design for printed products, exhibits, and kiosk panels; website development and revision; still photography; social media outreach; video production; and assistance with other park divisions and initiatives as assigned, such as public affairs, education outreach, and the Artist-in-Residence program.
All products are subject to review for accuracy, grammar, spelling, style and format consistency, interpretive themes and park messaging priorities. Use of copyrighted material must be accompanied by documentation of appropriate use permission. Copies of organized, finished works should include all relevant production files and linked materials. Collections of photographs submitted for the park image collection must be clearly organized and limited to best works. Signed release forms must be obtained in some instances from visitors and members of the public who appear in park media products. Media products that are created in the commission of volunteer opportunities, or as a consequence of special access provided by the government, are public domain.
Housing in seasonal quarters is provided in exchange for a minimum of 32 hours worked each week. A flexible work schedule arranged in advance may be allowed. Some equipment and desk space may be shared. Background checks and fingerprints are required for use of government computers. SCA volunteers who serve at least 640 hours may qualify for a program that provides temporary, non-competitive hiring status for some federal job openings.
Travel in the backcountry or along the state road corridor is a possibility via government vehicle, or by small plane, snowmachine, dog sled, backpacking or other such primitive conveyance. A valid drivers license is required for use of government vehicles for work-related duties. The volunteer will be put into Invitational Travel status if his/her assigned duties meet the criteria for travel status and the travel is to the benefit of the United States government.
  • Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see
    the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains,
    culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,320’ Mount McKinley. Wild animals large and
    small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness
  • Agency training opportunities, both in-person and online, as well as job shadowing
  • Winter outdoor activities, wildlife viewing and photography, sight-seeing
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Social Media
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
competent without supervision