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WHO MAY APPLYStudent Program Eligibles.   

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW: This vacancy is being filled as an Excepted Service position under the Pathways Internship Program not-to-exceed one year. It is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.   The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.   It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals.

To be eligible for a Pathways Program internship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.   These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical; trade, vocational or business schools and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.
  • Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
  • Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.   To see if your school is accredited, please visit:

CONVERSION: This appointment may be extended until the selectee's education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to  a Term or Career/Career-conditional position, but is NOT a guarantee. To continue to qualify for a Pathways Intern position, you must be enrolled at a minimum of part-time, at an accredited school. Work schedule may vary from part-time to full-time based on student availability and work load. Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:


Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation. Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

The anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD) date is Dec 2013.

Number of Vacancies: One (1) position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement. 


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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required