Mount Rainier/Education Program

Education Intern -  Longmire, WA

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education  

The education intern will help inspire the next generation of park stewards by leading fun, play-based educational activities and programs throughout the park and neighboring communities. They will be a member of the park’s education team, a tight-knit group of park rangers committed to helping kids connect to Mount Rainier. The education program works out of the Longmire Historic District on the West side of Mount Rainier close to Paradise, home of the park’s most famous wildflower meadows and endless recreation opportunities. The intern will spend 30% of their time engaging young visitors and their families in hands-on activities, games and crafts focused on Mount Rainier at the park's Junior Ranger station. They will also develop and present 30-minute Junior Ranger programs and two-hour education programs that they will facilitate throughout the park and community (20%). The remaining 30% of their time will be split between community engagement, professional development including job shadowing and training. Much of the park's education and outreach efforts will be focused on the Yakima valley. The population in this part of the state is close to 50% LatinX.

Qualifications: 

  • An interest and some experience working with children of a variety of ages.
  • Excitement to learn about and share new knowledge about public lands and the plants, animals, rocks and water resources they protect.
  • An interest in Earth and Life science topics.
  • A valid state driver’s license and ability to pass a background investigation.
  • Willingness to work inside and outside in a variety of weather conditions. Weather at Paradise can be cold and rainy but is generally hot and clear during the summer. In late July and August, smoke from forest fires in the region can create poor air quality in the park on some days.
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time and hike over mountainous terrain up to three miles.

Work Environment:

  • The internship will be split 60% field and 40% office.
  • The field time consists of community outreach programs at camps, field trips in the park, job shadowing and Junior Ranger programs.
  • The office tasks mostly consist of program development, research on park resources and training.

 

Driver’s License:

Yes, a valid driver's license is required. A personal vehicle is not required but is recommended to get groceries and for weekend entertainment.