As a Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation) with the Visitor Services Division at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used by a Park Ranger (Interpretation). Duties include:
- Teaching and creating field-based nature and historic education and interpretive programs for student and park visitors of all ages and knowledge levels.
- Adapting the parks current programs to meet the changing needs of educational institutions and its students and park audiences.
- Planning and organizing educational outreach programs such as the parks Nature Camps.
- Creating new programs to connect youth to the National Parks.
- Developing print and digital materials that effectively engage students, teachers, and the visiting public and communicate appropriate park messages;
- Assisting with parks fee collection program including stock accountability and educational fee waivers.
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.
Working Conditions: 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.
For more information on this position, please contact Jill Harding, Supervisory Park Ranger, at 503-861-4421.
About the Pathways Program: The Internship Program is for Current students only. The Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.
If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You will also be required to maintain your student status of attending an accredited educational institution at least half-time, seeking a degree or certificate, and being in good standing. You will be required to provide student documentation every semester to your supervisor to demonstrate your status.
While this position is not established with the intention to convert the selected intern into a permanent position, if you meet all the requirements for conversion, you may be considered for conversion at this park or other federal locations if positions are available. In general, Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program. This is not a guarantee, but merely an eligibility for conversion without further competition. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.
- Complete their degree or certificate requirements
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
- Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
- Perform their job successfully.
For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways