Park Ranger Intern - Fort Washington Park
Think you want to be a park ranger? This exciting year-long internship is an excellent opportunity to learn or hone the essential skills required to become a ranger in the National Park Service such as:
- Operating a visitor center
- Picnic Area Management
- Living History (wearing the uniform of a Civil War soldier)
- Park operations and visitor services
- Planning and conducting programs for the public such as tours, cannon-firing demonstrations, and informal pop-ups
- Community outreach and volunteer recruitment
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
Fort Washington Park, a unit of the National Park Service is one of a diverse portfolio of parks managed under National Capital Parks-East. Fort Washington is a 341-acre park that overlooks the Potomac River. The park features a historic fort built in 1824, picnic areas and miles of hiking trails. Its proximity to Washington, DC and its surrounding communities offers an ideal setting for engaging urban audiences in history, recreation and nature interpretation. Experience in local National Park sites like Fort Washington Park also can serve at gateway experiences for novice park visitors to learn about the NPS and become interested in visiting other National Parks.
The park ranger intern will work under the park supervisor and park ranger to gain experiences in customer service, conducting interpretive programs, park operational procedures, working with school groups, using social media, etc. Additionally, there will be opportunities to work with volunteer and with other park divisions such as resource management and maintenance to learn about other aspects of managing and maintaining park resources. There will also be opportunities for the ranger intern to assist with special events at other sites in the park. On the job training in interpretation and other job skills will be provided.
This position will require the intern to work weekends and holidays and some evenings when doing the evening campfire programs for the public.
- Roving and interacting with park visitors
- Research, design and conducting interpretive programs using good interpretive techniques (include guided hikes, campground programs, kids’ programs, etc.)
- Educational Programs for school groups
- Picnic Rental area management and staffing the Visitor Center.
- Performing living history to “garrison” the historic fort.
- Developing social media posts and adding to the park’s photo library.
- Roving other parks such as Piscataway Park and Oxon Hill Farm
- Living allowance: $750.00/ week (pre-tax)
- $300 training and travel budget for professional development
- Opportunity to earn Public Land Corps hiring authority through conservation-focused projects
- PTO, Sick Days, and Holidays
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team,
- Research skills for use in preparing interpretive programs for the public, social media posts, etc.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills,
- Enjoys working with the public and diverse audiences that children
- Excellent good customer services skills.
- Public speaking skill is a routine part of this job therefore this is a critical skill required of any potential candidate.
- Ability to speak Spanish (preferred but not required)
Interested candidates should have a 4-year degree in history, public history, theater, environmental science, park management or similar
Experience in educational programming and/or camp experience.
Candidates for this position will be on schedule that requires working weekends and some holidays and will be expected to work extended hours as necessary for events.
Must have a valid Driver’s License.
Candidates for this position need to be U.S. citizens and will need to pass a Federal Background check before starting work.
Work requires the ability to do manual /physical labor, work outdoors, ability to lift 50lbs.
To be eligible for a Public Land Corps Certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18 -30 (35 for veterans), inclusive at the time the individual begins the terms of service
Submit cover letters and a resume to: Vince Vaise via email at Vince_Vaise@nps.gov