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Zion National Park Interpretation and Community Engagement Assistant

Conservation Legacy

Conservation Legacy

Springdale, UT, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Title: Zion National Park Interpretation and Community Engagement Assistant

Stipend: $600/week living stipend $35.00/ week Housing Stipend. $635.00/ Week Total paid on a bi-weekly Basis

Term: 12-week service term. (8/19/2024-11/8/2024)

Reports to: Youth Program Lead Park Ranger at Zion National Park

Location: 1 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, Utah, 84767

Status: Full Time, 450-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,895.00 after successful completion of term. Health Benefit eligible. (Housing May be Available On-Site).

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps’ Mission

Our vision is to lead our Nations back to ecological and cultural well-being by engaging underrepresented Indigenous youth and young adults in conservation service programs that reconnect participants to the land, their cultural heritage, and their traditions. We work to remove barriers to participation, education, and employment by partnering with local community organizations, agencies, and institutes of higher learning to create paid service and career training opportunities, personal and professional development, and pathways to postsecondary education and employment. Applicants must be 21-30 years of age or 35 if Veteran of armed forces. (Public Land Corps Hiring Authority Requirements)

*Ancestral Lands serves local tribal communities in the regions we operate. Preference will be given to Native American Applicants.

National Park Service Mission:

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 National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Zion National Park preserves the dramatic geology including Zion Canyon and a labyrinth of deep and brilliantly colored Navajo Sandstone canyons formed by extraordinary processes of erosion at the margin of the Colorado Plateau. ZION also safeguards the park's wilderness character and its wild and scenic river values. Additionally, it protects evidence of human history; and provides for scientific research and the enjoyment and enlightenment of the public.

Within the park, the division of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services focuses on conveying the importance of the park’s natural, cultural, and historic resources to the wide diversity of park visitors, fostering both intellectual and emotional connections to the landscape. We endeavor to reach park visitors through a variety of formal programs, informal contacts throughout the park, publications, exhibits, and digital media.

Zion National Park Interpretation and Community Engagement Assistant Individual Placement (IP) Overview:

This project will help the mission of Zion National Park by providing a space for Native youth to engage with the visiting public. There are 36+ tribes who consider this area their ancestral homelands or lands to which they have connections. One of the goals of this internship would be to have a greater diversity and representation of the local population among park staff.

These interns would work with Zion's Interpretation and Education staff to assist with youth programs. For example:
interns will support Concrete to Canyons which is an education program that offers in-park experiences to students from Title 1 schools. Additionally, interns will support youth programs in collaboration with tribal partners, such as Yevingkarere Youth Camp (Y Camp).

Interns will also develop their own interpretive programs with support. There may be additional opportunities for the interns to assist with other projects in other divisions, such as annual bighorn sheep collaring, fish surveys, vegetation projects, and more. All of these activities would benefit the environmental management missions of the park and offer mechanisms to better integrate Native and Indigenous perspectives into our workplace.