Job Overview


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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all eligible and qualified Students the local area

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:

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:  This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which 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.

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 appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion

Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:

WORK SCHEDULE/POSITION DURATION:  This is a part-time temporary position (32 hours per payperiod)  The temporary position may be extended in 1 year increments.  Work will be Saturday and Sunday from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with the possibility of more hours scheduled during the week during summer months.  Work may require evenings, weekends and holidays.



The person selected for this position will be the first NPS representative that visitors see when entering the park. As such, it is critical for the employee to present a professional appearance, a caring disposition, and possess positive customer service skills. Job responsibilities for this position will include working in the park’s visitor center at the front entrance desk greeting and interacting with visitors, collecting and accounting for museum entrance fees, making public address announcements of upcoming programs, and providing information.  While other duties may include visitor management related services - such as recording visitation numbers, assisting park rangers in closing park grounds at the end of business day, working with other park staff during special events (July 4th), and bookstore operations - fee collection and information dissemination are the primary job responsibilities and constitute at least 80% of the duties of this position.


Fort Smith NHS is located in historic downtown Fort Smith which is the second largest city in Arkansas and lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border.  The city began as a western frontier military post but later would be known for its role in settling the “Wild West” and its law enforcement heritage.  With a city population of approximately 87,000 and a metropolitan population of 300,000, the area offers a wide variety of amenities including housing, schools, medical facilities, a convention center, and city parks, as well as a low cost of living.  In addition, Fort Smith is home to Arkansas’ oldest symphony orchestra, the state’s oldest continuously-running volunteer little theatre, and the 22-square-block Belle Grove Historic District which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.  For additional information: ,,

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No