• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Park Guide internships offer skills for college and beyond, including research, resource conservation, and public speaking. Duties include:
researching, developing, and presenting several thematic cave tours or interpretive programs;
staffing the visitor center information desk ;
offering information and orientation services in informal settings such as parking lots and outdoor terraces, and;
assisting with special projects.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills needed for college and beyond. The Park Guide Intern will learn computer skills such as PowerPoint, create and write interpretive programs, hone research skills, and practice public speaking and leadership skills. This position interacts with people from around the country and the world and will be part of a large, team-oriented staff.
Experience in interpretation, public speaking, environmental education, or caves is helpful, but not required. Evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required.
Location & Benefits
Wind Cave National Park is located in southwest South Dakota and is home to the 6th longest cave in the world. Bison, elk, prairie dogs, birds, and more roam 33,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest.
All housing is provided by Wind Cave at no cost to the intern. Housing consists of shared, furnished apartments or houses with kitchens and baths located minutes from work. A $100 cost of living allowance is provided each week. Up to $150 in expenses are reimbursed for travel to and from the park at the beginning and end of the season ($300 total). Uniforms are provided. Personal transportation is desirable, but not essential.
How to Apply
Please submit an up-to-date resume which clearly states the duties you were responsible for at each job listed. Also include a current telephone number for your direct supervisor at each job you have had.
Background investigations will be required for all intern positions.
Submit your application on or before March 6, 2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information about the park visit www.nps.gov/wica.
For additional information contact:
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing consists of shared, furnished apartments or houses with kitchens and baths located minutes from work.
• Campground Host • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USACE
Cold Brook Campground Host:
Volunteer Duties: Camp hosts greets visitors, and provides directions, hospitality and information to campground guests. Camp hosts instruct visitors on camping fees, self-pay guidelines and other rules. Camp hosts help in the upkeep of facilities and grounds, including light cleaning and restocking of 2 vault toilets, litter pick-up and trash removal around the campground and the beach area, and the cleaning out of fire rings.
Special Skills: Camp hosts needs good verbal communication skills and the ability to answer questions, along with a positive attitude. Camp host must also have a good work ethic and be able to communicate and provide interference with Rangers and local Law Enforcement. Camp hosts should have the physical ability to walk the campground loop and visit campsites, pick up trash and light cleaning.
Disclaimer: There is a flood warning system in place that sets off a siren before parts of the campground might flood. The camp host must be aware of the system and what to do when the siren goes off. In a normal year flooding might occur once; which generally effects 4 or 5 of the 13 sites. (Updated 12/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The camp host is given free camping at a camp pad that has water and electrical hook ups in return for being available to visitors 6 days a week and light cleaning, litter pick up and visitor interactions throughout the week, usually working around 20-30 hours a week.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
• Botany • Computers • Conservation Education • Research Library • Minerals/Geology • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness
Photo Courtesy of NPS
Photography volunteers will assist the National Park Service (NPS) mainly with the taking and assembling of high quality still and/or action images within Jewel Cave National Monument or like areas that complement similar natural or cultural features. The volunteers will also be responsible for the development and editing of various (existing or newly acquired) photographs and other image media related to the Monument. Additional work may consist of searching and securing images and/or related graphics from internal and external sources and photographic projects as deemed necessary by the VIP Work Coordinator. Work projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following assignments:
Photographing - capture various images of the Monument, which showcase the diverse natural and cultural resources on site, as well as “stage” scenes that involve park staff, visitors, and/or special event gatherings.
Image Organization - assist with the proper crediting, filing, and saving of images within the public server at the Monument, as well as work closely with assigned park staff for specific image documentation and distribution.
Interpretive Composition - compose interpretive photographs and/or informational text for the park newspaper, exhibits and displays, teacher guides, news releases, and other associated media.
Image Procurement - search for, locate, inventory, and secure various images for use in publications; enhance images (as needed) using appropriate software.
NOTE: All images taken during VIP work shifts immediately become the property of the National Park Service; photography volunteers will not be allowed to impose copyright and/or trademark status to any image that is taken on VIP time.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Volunteers seeking housing at the Monument are required to provide at least 32 hours of volunteer service each week of their volunteer time period. However, housing may or may not be available to each volunteer, due to limited internal funding for housing costs.