Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click Pipestone National Monument

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:


The anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD) date is May 2014.


The position is located in the Natural Resource Management Division at Pipestone National Monument. The incumbent is supervised by the Superintendent but will report directly to and be monitored by a permanent Biological Science Technician.  The incumbent maintains established databases, collects data according to established protocols, and routinely uses GPS/GIS in the course of this work. The Biological Science Technician is responsible for implementing exotic species control and routine monitoring according to established procedures. The incumbent provides assistance to other seasonal staff, and training to and volunteers, involved in natural resource management activities and research. The technician will also assist with research and report writing.

AREA INFORMATION:  Pipestone National Monument is located adjacent to the city of Pipestone in southwestern Minnesota approximately 8 miles from the South Dakota border and 30 miles from the Iowa border. With an altitude of 1,600 feet, the area is high plains and solid farmland. Summer temperatures average in the 80's with the high reaching 100 occasionally. Winters are cold and windy with below 0 readings and at times minus 30 to minus 40 degrees wind chill. All services are available in Pipestone or within commuting distance.   Sioux Falls, South Dakota is within a one-hour drive and would provide all the amenities found in larger cities. K-12 schools are available in the city of Pipestone (population 4,384). Additional information about the area and park may be obtained at:

Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

Work Environment: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.   

Note:   Within the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center, the employee will be exposed to minor atmospheric levels of pipestone dust created by cultural demonstrators carving pipestone items.   The Department of Interior Occupational Safety & Health Team has determined that there are no health risks posed at the current levels of exposure.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No