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During the 2018 year, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will have one Safety, Health, and Wellness Park Ranger Internship opportunity available. The park includes 73 miles of a clear, free-flowing river, an abundance of fish and wildlife, remnants of the D&H Canal, and the home of western novelist Zane Grey. The Upper Delaware River forms the border between New York and Pennsylvania, and it is it one of the longest and cleanest undammed rivers in the eastern United States. A very active timber industry once utilized the swift waters of the river. Today, canoeists and rafters join fishermen and other outdoor recreationists in enjoying the clean and nearly pristine waters.
The Safety, Health, and Wellness Park Ranger Internship position is associated with the Upper Delaware Safety Committee. Duties include, but are not limited to: digitizing safety data sheets, record keeping, record management, planning and organizing safety related activities, attending safety committee meetings, identifying safety-related concerns at public accesses, promoting safety first environment.
Applicants need to be currently enrolled in a college or university working towards an undergraduate or higher education degree. Majors can include but are not limited to Public Health, Occupational Safety Health and Environment, Safety Management, Risk Management. Some work activities will be performed outdoors, but most of the work will be on a computer and indoors. We are looking for outgoing students who enjoy working outdoors, and are comfortable being in the field with limited access to amenities and cell phone service. Because of the nature of the field work performed during this internship, it is important applicants have a positive attitude about potentially getting wet or dirty, as well as working in and around open water and thick vegetation. There are also some physical aspects to this internship; such as lifting, walking on uneven/unpaved rocky surfaces, swimming (possibly), canoeing/kayaking, working from a motorized boat.
All interns will be provided with two weeks of training which includes an orientation to the National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, First Aid, CPR, and canoe training. Occupational Health Safety Awareness training will be provided via an online course and will be necessary for the internship. NPS safety policy and experience will be gained through performing the duties of the internship.
The Internship position will run from May 15, 2018 through mid-August 2018. Dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules. The park anticipates filling one internship position for 2018. Interns work a 40-hour workweek, with some weekend and evening work. A daily stipend of $25.00 is given for each day worked.
A personal vehicle is required. The intern is responsible for travel to and from school/residence and the park.
This is a uniformed position and the uniform is provided. The intern uniform consists of khaki pants/shorts, a blue polo shirt, and a blue ball cap. As this position requires outdoor work, personal protection equipment and outerwear are also provided. The intern is responsible for bringing suitable footwear for outdoor work, i.e. hiking shoes/boots. If the applicant has personal field gear they would prefer to wear for fieldwork, they are encouraged to bring it with them so that they are comfortable working outdoors. Personal gear will have to meet any safety codes, should they apply (i.e. life-jacket).
For those interested in the Safety Health and Wellness Park Ranger Internship send a resume and two letters of recommendation to the Internship Coordinator: