Park Management Intern

Expected Dates
May 11, 2015 to September 20, 2015
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Position ID
This internship provides a unique leadership opportunity for those interested in learning about how our national parks are managed. 

The intern will work alongside the senior staff team to learn about addressing broad managerial needs (across park divisions and offices).  This team manages two small national parks.  The intern will be exposed to and help staff in leading some of the tasks required to accomplish top park priorities, including strategic planning, data collection (e.g., area demographics, regional visitation reports, economic reports), new visitor center planning, construction of buildings, a white paper (analysis) of meeting a park mandate to engage visitors in research, and capacity building. The intern will act as an assistant to the parks’ superintendent; this will include shadowing the superintendent, even attending meetings with external partners.  The level of duties assigned will be commensurate with the incumbent’s skill set and the position is focused on helping to provide development of skills sets for career enhancement.

*Please note, this position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. 
  • Both park units are located in south central Idaho. Headquarters for both park units is located in Hagerman, Idaho, which lies 90 miles east of Boise, Idaho, and 35 miles west of Twin Falls.

    Minidoka National Historic Site lies in an agricultural setting and commemorates one of the ten World War II Japanese-American incarceration camps, known then as internment sites or concentration camps. The park examines civil rights and the consequences of war hysteria. This historic site facilitates conversations and understanding of prejudice, the critical meanings and interpretations of words, and how the past may influence the future. The site also commemorates the Farm In A Day event, which was a pivotal point in facilitating farming in this semi-arid landscape.

    Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, located on the Snake River Plain, tells the story of the Pliocene Epoch. The site is renowned for its fossils of the Hagerman Horse, Equus simplicidens, which is Idaho’s state fossil. It is a site of exceptional fossil diversity. Many species of rodent, bird, and carnivores as well as mastodon, camel, and giant ground sloth are represented. Ongoing research at this site contributes to the understanding of past and present animal behavior and biogeography, as well as to the study of global climate change.

  • Online and on-the-job training will be focused on the incumbent’s needs. The incumbent will shadow the park superintendent.
  • Basalt canyons. Waterfalls. Hot springs. Hike, kayak, fish, base jump, horseback ride. Go to museums, planetariums, lectures, art festivals, cowboy poetry readings, and county fairs. Easy drive to City of Rocks, Craters of the Moon, and Yellowstone.
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Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
competent with supervision