Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Interpretation & Education Intern  -  Skagway, AK

Position Type: LHIP Internship 
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

The intern will help tell “untold” stories of the Klondike Gold Rush by working alongside park staff to learn operations and assist visitors. The main duties of the intern are:

  • Interpretive programs: Research, develop, and lead walking tours and auditorium programs focused on a marginalized aspect of the Klondike story. In past years, rangers have created programs on women of the Klondike, children during the gold rush, the culture & influence of the Tlingit (Alaska Native) people, and the African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" of Company L stationed in Skagway. In past years, LHIP interns have created and implemented programs focused on the cultural influence the 1898 Spanish-American war had on the U.S and the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Using a substantial amount of primary source documents and research, the intern can choose from multiple facets of the Gold Rush story to share and connect with visitors.
  • Informal interpretation & visitor assistance: Staff public buildings such as park visitor centers, museums, and Junior Ranger Activity Center. Duties will include providing informal interpretation to visitors on Klondike Gold Rush history and park resources & significance, offering site orientation to visitors, operating media equipment, introducing park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will gain a detailed understanding of how to share the National Park Service mission, day to day operations at a busy national park site, and greatly build on their public communication skills.
  • Learning about the National Park Service: The intern will have many opportunities to learn about different park operations. This will be tailored to the selected intern but will include attending the superintendent’s leadership meetings and departmental planning meetings. This tailored experience can also include shadowing park environmental field studies such as boreal toad surveys, eulachon Fish studies, and/or bat acoustic monitoring. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in archaeological digs with cultural resources staff, and time is provided for the intern to hike in the backcountry on the park’s Chilkoot Trail.
  • Community outreach & special events: The intern will have other opportunities for outreach depending on their interests. Opportunities include promoting LHIP during the park’s Jr. Ranger Day by staffing an activity table, marching with the NPS float in the Fourth of July parade, assisting with summer camp planning and staffing, or any of the other events at the park.

Qualifications

The intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day. Public speaking skills or a desire to build public speaking skills are a must. Some coursework in history is helpful but not required. Experience working with children is also a plus. The intern will need to be able to research, develop, and present a 45-minute interpretive walking tour 3-5 times a week for up to 30 visitors per program. The intern will also develop a 30-minute long auditorium program.

Work Environment

The intern will work a "5/4/9" schedule. This means in a 2-week pay-period they will work 9 hour days; 5 days the first week and 4 days the second week. This provides alternating 3 day weekends and ample time for recreational activities. Each workday, the intern will attend daily morning meetings with interpretation and education staff. For the majority of the intern’s time, they will work alongside seasonal staff at the visitor center, museums, and the Junior Ranger Activity Center. They will independently present formal interpretive programs and, independently staff park buildings. To provide a robust NPS experience, the intern will also be provided with opportunities to participate in biological and archaeological field studies. These studies can be strenuous, requiring hiking for several hours across rough terrain, in bear country, and in changing weather conditions. Which opportunities are offered will be tailored to match the intern’s interests and abilities.

Driver's License

No, all duty stations are a short walk from housing units. A current Passport and ability to travel into Canada is required in order to hike the entire Chilkoot Trail, but not a stipulation of selection.