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This internship is part of the River Connections Program, a partnership of the St. Croix River Association and the National Park Service at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is currently recruiting applicants for four park guide internships at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during the summer of 2018.
The Riverway is one of the nation’s first wild and scenic rivers, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the park this year. It is a National Park consisting of 255 river miles that flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest. Learn more at: www.nps.gov/sacn
SCRA (www.stcroixriverassociation.org) is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed, and serves as the official non-profit partner of the National Park.
Description of Internship
These positions are within the Division of Interpretation and Education and are supervised by the district interpretive rangers. They provide students with practical work experience in visitor services and interpretation in a busy national park.
Interns work with mentors to create opportunities for park visitors to understand the significance of the Riverway and its resources. Interns will learn to:
• Research and present pre-developed thematic programs, especially Junior Ranger programs for the 50th Anniversary.
• Assist with special events, outreach and special projects for the 50th Anniversary.
• Present introductions at 50th Anniversary film screenings.
• Assist at information desks in park visitor centers. Keep bookstores stocked and perform other tasks associated with running visitor centers.
• Issue camping permits and shelter reservations.
• Distribute contact materials at park landings and to park partners.
• Kayak on the river. Assist park rangers contacting visitors.
• Food and expense allowance
• Free housing provided for duration of internship.
• Training in formal and informal interpretation, kayak skills, and CPR/1st Aid.
• Up to $1200 for college credits/tuition is provided to the school in which the student is enrolled
• With 250 hours worked, you will receive a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies (valid for 12 months after issue)
• Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
• College student or recent graduate with coursework in communication, education; resource interpretation; outdoor recreation; or park/recreation management; natural, physical or cultural sciences or management.
• General knowledge of the National Park Service or St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is helpful.
• Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, be detail-oriented and organized, and to follow oral and written directions.
• Has experience working with and presenting information to children.
• Good oral and written communication skills.
• Basic computer familiarity.
• Valid state driver's license is required.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds independently, and up to 50 pounds with assistance.
• Ability to provide information and safety messages to visitors.
Work Site and Conditions
• Intern will be based at either the St. Croix River Visitor Center in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, or the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wisconsin.
• Work in the field is required and will involve some physical activity, including walking, standing for long periods of time, and paddling a kayak or canoe at a variety of park locations.
• Internship will run from mid-May through mid-August 2018.
• An internship of 12-14 weeks is preferred. Flexibility in length of the internship is negotiable with prior approval.
• Weekend work and some evening work are required.
• A fingerprint and background check is required.