Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Interpretation and Natural Resources Intern  -  Strong City, KS

This is a multi-faceted internship that allows the LHIP intern to work in both interpretation and natural resource divisions. In the interpretive field, projects will encompass working with our heirloom vegetable garden, helping operate the Summer Youth Camp programs, take photos of the preserve for the park collection, assisting with our weekend living history program by giving living history programs and demonstrations, and researching our farming equipment to help managers make decisions. Work in the natural resource division will include prairie restoration, invasive plant removal in preserve streams, fish sampling, and bird counts at the site.

In this capacity, the intern will be given the opportunity to shadow the divisions of natural resources and interpretation to experience what it means to be part of the National Park Service. Their time will be spent in all disciplines to enjoy a well-rounded experience. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to meet members of the rural ranching community who are welcoming to diverse audiences, experience music, art, and real ranch life as opportunities within the community present themselves.

Qualifications:

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    • Bachelor degree or someone beyond their sophomore year in college with a background in history would be beneficial. 
    • The ideal candidate should possess:
      • Historic research skills, birding knowledge, computer skills, camera skills, oral and writing abilities, ability to be outside,
      • Additionally, they should have the ability to take information and create an interpretive program to be used in multifaceted programs. 
    • Own transportation is necessary, as public transportation is not available. Tallgrass Prairie is in a rural setting and the closest urban area is 20 minutes away

Housing:

This position does not offer park housing. HAF will provide a housing stipend within budget limits or book a room at Emporia State University.

About Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve:

Where's the tall grass? Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie makes its last stand.