As a participant in the Pathways Intern Program, duties will include: The position is in the Division of Resource Education (Interpretation). Incumbent will perform a variety of interpretive duties. Incumbent staffs the visitor center information desk and provides quality service and information to park visitors. Incumbent provides quality informal interpretive contacts in the visitor center, on trails, and throughout the park. Incumbent will gain a knowledge and understanding of park resources and significance through independent research and study. Incumbent will use this knowledge, arranged around appropriate themes, to facilitate connections between the visitor and the park resources. Incumbent will present in-depth interpretive programs that could include short talks, educational programs for school groups (in the field, in the classroom, and/or via teleconferencing distance learning equipment), guided walks, special request tours, etc. Incumbent will research and prepare programs that are balanced, informative, meaningful, and connect a diverse audience to the meanings inherent in park resources. Programs cover a wide range of topics, such as geology, paleontology, prairie ecology, human history, natural history, etc. Incumbent will assist with a wide variety of projects requiring both oral and written communication skills. Incumbent will operate audiovisual equipment, computer, telephone and radio systems.
AREA INFORMATION: Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota, 75 miles east of Rapid City (population 57,000) and 30 miles from Wall, Kadoka, and Philip. Shopping and medical and dental facilities are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. Limited grocery shopping, service station, and a post office are located in Interior (2.5 miles from park headquarters). K-8 grade school is located in Interior, and grades K-12 are located in Wall, Kadoka, and Philip, with no busing available. Limited housing for rent or purchase is available in the surrounding towns of Wall, Philip, and Kadoka. The area is a beautiful place to live, but the climate can be severe, ranging from cold and windy in the winter to dry and very hot in the summer. For additional information, call 605 433-5361, ext. 254.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is performed indoors and outdoors. Interpretive work is usually not strenuous, but the employee is required to stand and walk extensively, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, rescue equipment, or other items.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in settings in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, insects, and in some cases, hazards of rough terrain.