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Interpretation Intern
Ref No.: 21-00195
Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/23/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Greening Youth Foundation U.S. National Park Service HBCUI 2022

Position Title Interpretation Intern
NPS Unit Name Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Position Dates May 16, 2022
Position Description In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental service performed by
Interpretation Intern is to: Resource Education - Educate visitors about the significance and
uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices and the laws,
rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and
non consumptive use. Resource Protection - Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the
park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by
preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education.
This will be achieved through the delivery of interpretation programs.

Learning Goal This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply
committed to the preservation of our national parks. Interns will gain communication skills
while researching and implementing educational programs and working with visitors with
diverse background from around the United States and world. Interns will work as members of
a diverse team and learn how to be part of a dynamic team that serves the overall mission of
the National Park Service. Interns will gain skills in stewardship of our public lands and practice
cultivating the next generation of stewards at the federal level..
Qualifications Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in
environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management,
education, park management, or a related discipline. The intern will be resourceful, adaptable,
and able to serve comfortably independently or as part of a team. The Greening Youth (YCC
HBCUI) NPS GRSM Interpretation Intern must be willing and able to represent Greening Youth
Foundation and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Required: Must
be a US Citizens or Permanent Resident. Must be 18 to 35 years old. Must be able to
communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within the National Park Service.
Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone and as
part of a team. Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide
documentation; personal vehicle required. Deep interest in ecology, education, and natural
and cultural history. Enthusiastic about working with visitors of all ages, including students,
youth, and adults. Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn about the natural and
cultural history of the Southern Appalachians. Must be able and willing to participate
outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor. English
proficiency is imperative. Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background
check is required. Preferred: Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and
interpretation. Familiarity with the National Park Service. A strong demonstrated interest
and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources. Excellent writing, research, and
organizational skills. Excellent public speaking skills. Bilingual applicants are encouraged and

Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated
Work Environment Interns should expect to work in both indoor and outdoor conditions including warm
temperatures, high humidity, on rugged, steep, and uneven terrain. Interns should expect to
carry a backpack containing a first aid kit (provided), radio (provided), food and water when
working in outdoor areas. Covid mitigations are in place to protect staff and visitors inside
federal buildings including limiting the number of visitors inside buildings, plexiglass barriers at
work stations, social distancing, and face masks are required indoors

Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is needed.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at . Resumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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