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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  This appointment is being filled under the Pathways Intern Program.  Students who live or attend school within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Astoria, Oregon are eligible.  Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a high school student, or degree-seeking in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

To be eligible for this position:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing. “Half-time” is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled. 
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited high school, technical, trade or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • 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 verify accreditation, please visit:

One Student Trainee (Park Ranger Interpretation), GS-0099-07 position may be filled from this announcement.  This is a Developmental Pathways position located in the Visitor Services Division at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is located six miles south of Astoria, Oregon (population approximately 10,000).  Astoria is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, 100 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon.   No government housing is available, but affordable housing is available for rent or purchase. Astoria has facilities for shopping, churches, medical and dental care, schools, including school bus transportation, and a community college with day and night programs.  Fall, winter, and spring are typically cool and wet with over 70 inches of rain per year and over 185 days of rain.  Throughout the year, temperatures range between 30 degrees and 85 degrees.  For more information, please visit or

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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 park’s 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 park’s 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 park’s 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:

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required to meet work demands.

Relocation Authorized

  • No