Title: Education and Interpretation Individual Placements
Location: Shenandoah National Park; Luray, VA
Positions Available: 2 Internships
Position Dates: February 26th, 2024 – September 6th, 2024 OR April 21st, 2024– November 1st, 2024 (28 weeks)
Pay Rate: $600/week + shared housing + AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 900-hour term
Status: 40 hours/week, Full-Time/Temporary
Contact: [email protected]
Position listing will remain open until January 31st.
Appalachian Conservation Corps:
Our Individual Placement program works to connect young people to conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, DC, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation organizations.
Individual Placements gain hands-on experience at their placement site, and ACC supports them through their term, as well as provides a variety of benefits to help them succeed in achieving their career goals. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
Shenandoah National Park is in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western Virginia. The Park boasts over 500 miles of hiking trails with peaks, rivers, and wildlife. This is black bear habitat. There are many small towns outside the Park that offer stores and restaurants and it is within a couple-hour drive of multiple major airports and cities including Washington, DC. This position may be placed at multiple locations in the Park.
The Education and Interpretation Individual Placements are internship positions based at Shenandoah National Park (SHEN) in Virginia. Interns may work out of Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (North District, mile 4.6), Byrd Visitor Center (Central District, mile 51) or the Education Office (Park Headquarters). The Individual Placement (IP) will work with and report directly to National Park Service Staff.
Interpretation and Education Individual Placements are responsible for preparing and presenting programs for the general public and educational groups including guided walks and hikes, interpretive talks, Junior Ranger programs, curriculum-based education programs, and illustrated evening programs on the Park’s interpretive themes (wildlife, geology, ecology, history, climate change, ecology). In addition, IPs will prepare and present recorded virtual programs and live distance learning programs for delivery on the internet. These programs are presented in a diversity of Park locations including amphitheaters, trails, visitor centers, and historic buildings. Regular public interaction and public speaking will be a requirement. Interns also staff visitor centers and provide information and informal interpretation to visitors during fixed station and roving assignments.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 30, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Public speaking and presentation skills and abilities
Interest and/or knowledge in natural and/or cultural history
Professionalism in working with project partners and park visitors
Background in customer service or education/teaching/public presentation
Two year degree or relevant experience in environmental education, parks and recreation, biology, geology, environmental science, or history
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.