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Job Opportunity: Resident Instructor – Yellowstone Association

Yellowstone Association LogoResident Instructor
Position: Resident Instructor
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Reports To: Program Manager
Season: Full-Time/Year-Round

Summary Description:
The Yellowstone Association (YA), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), connects people to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world through education. Founded in 1933, the Yellowstone Association is a nonprofit educational organization and has provided over $65 million in aid to Yellowstone National Park since its inception. The Association is the National Park Service’s primary partner in providing educational programs, exhibits, and publications for park visitors. Our operations include 12 educational Park Stores with gross sales of $4.2 million, the YA Institute which offers more than 600 in-depth courses each year, and a membership program with over 35,000 members. Revenues from sales and memberships allow us to make an annual cash donation to the National Park Service for education and research in Yellowstone. Last year, we provided $6.1 million of cash and in-kind assistance for Yellowstone, including a cash donation of $1,445,562 to directly support education and research in the park. Ninety cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our educational mission. YA is headquartered in Gardiner, Montana, directly across from the historic Roosevelt Arch, which marks the north entrance to Yellowstone. To learn more about our organization, please visit YellowstoneAssociation.org.

The Yellowstone Association (YA) is currently in the process of merging with the park’s nonprofit fundraising partner, the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF),  to create a new nonprofit organization by February of 2017. This will be an exciting new chapter in both organizations’ successful histories. Together, YA and YPF (ypf.org) can connect more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment. This position is a tremendous opportunity for a strong leader to play a critical role in support of Yellowstone National Park.

Resident Instructors are part of a progressive and dedicated educational staff committed to teaching about Yellowstone National Park. Instructors are educators and naturalists responsible for providing in-depth education about Yellowstone’s natural, geologic, and cultural history. Programs range in length from one day to over a week. Participant groups range from 1 to 14 people. There are four main types of programs: Lodging and Learning (pre-programmed, multi-day programs with refined curriculum), Youth & College Groups (multi-day programs focused on curriculum-based field experiences), Private Tours (single or multi-day programs for private groups who request specific activities), and occasional Field Seminars (in-depth, topic specific seminars). Resident Instructors are experienced outdoor leaders, able to create a welcoming and comfortable learning environment while keeping their participants safe in inclement weather, wildlife habitat, and backcountry terrain. Resident Instructors play a lead role in the YA Institute, helping to train and mentor seasonal instructors, assist with operational and administrative duties, and envision the future of Institute programs.  They work closely with program managers to understand logistics, cooperate with co-instructors, develop a lesson plan, operate a group transportation vehicle, clean vehicle and equipment afterward, and perform primary wilderness risk management functions in remote locations. Success in this position requires commitment to high quality environmental education and a passion for the preservation of natural and cultural resources in Yellowstone National Park. It requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work under sometimes challenging conditions.  This is a year round position with a workload that shifts between the field and support tasks, depending on program volume and organizational needs

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Job Opportunity: Middle School Summer Program Instructor – Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy LogoMiddle School Summer Program Instructor
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Location: San Francisco, California
Website: http://www.parksconservancy.org/

Interested in social and environmental change?

Crissy Field Center is a multicultural urban environmental center that primarily serves children, youth and families that traditionally have had little, if any, access to their national parks. Our programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society.  Currently housed in a LEED platinum green building, the Crissy Field Center is also a certified Green Business.  Its facilities include a media lab, sustainability arts workshop, urban ecology lab, gathering room and teaching garden.

The Crissy Field Center is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust.  The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that has worked for 33 years to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks and enhance the public’s awareness and enjoyment of these areas.  The Parks Conservancy works hand-in-hand with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust to revitalize park sites, enlist volunteers, support educational programs, develop community programs and offer services to park visitors.

Position Overview:
The Middle School Summer Program Instructor’s primary responsibility is to lead groups of middle school aged youth in an exciting and popular environmental leadership programs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Through a rich combination of outdoor excursions, restoration work, fun team builders, hands-on projects, and interactive workshops, participants will gain leadership skills, explore issues relevant to them, and connect to their National Parks.  Participants will work with volunteers to repair trails and habitats in the park, learn about environmental and sustainability problems and build skills to improve their lives, communities, and environment.  The Summer UTB program accepts 66 middle school students.  The Middle School Summer Program Instructor will oversee a team of 11 middle school students and 2 high school assistants the entire session.  The session includes 2 overnight trips (to rob hill camp ground and a 4 day, 3 night trip to Yosemite) and culminates in a final presentation about the environmental, teamwork and leadership skills that the youth have learned.

The Middle School Summer Program Instructor position reports to the Middle School Program Manager.

This is a seasonal full time position that runs from May 31st to August 3rd 2016.  It is a Monday through Friday schedule.

Apply online: http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/jobs/?gnk=job&gni=8a788247536ec28101537c56e8163ea0&gns=conservation job board

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SPR 2016 Course: Yellowstone Spring Break (ESRM 459)

Are you interested in traveling to Yellowstone National Park over spring break?  Want to see wolves, explore US National Park Service management, put your GIS and wildlife skills to work, or catch a bald eagle?  If so, then you may be interested in taking ESRM 459 with Professors John Marzluff and Monica Moskal.  To be considered for the class, please email Dr. Marzluff (corvid@uw.edu) the following information before Feb. 15:

  1. Your name, major, and class standing.
  2. A 5 sentence (or less) paragraph stating your motivation to join the class and what you hope to learn/experience in the class.

Upon our review we will issue add codes for the class, which can be taken for either 3 or 5 credits.  Previous trip schedules, which will be similar this year but during the current break dates (March 1926), can be found at:  http://courses.washington.edu/vseminar/ynpsyl.htm

Internship Opportunity: Media and Interpretation Intern – American Conservation Experience and National Park Service

American Conservation Experience LogoAmerican Conservation Experience and NPS
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Website: http://usaconservation.org
Apply to: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/43310.html

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Shenandoah National Park, is seeking one Media and Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 26 weeks in support of the National Park Service with implementing and developing media and video production for the Park’s interpretation and outreach division.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in media, video production, natural resource management and education.

Start Date: September 6, 2015

End Date: March 5, 2016

A 26-week commitment is required

Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Project Website: For more information regarding Shenandoah National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.aceintern.org.

Position Description:
Shenandoah National Park, located in the central Appalachians includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. With range of elevation, slopes and aspects of mountain and hillsides and varied rock and soil types all interact to create a mix of habitats with rich and diverse flora and fauna.

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work performed by Media and Interpretation Intern will be:

Resource Education/Interpretation – Educating area visitors about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.

Resource Protection – Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through media production and interpretation.

This will be achieved through video and media production and website maintenance within Shenandoah National Park’s Visual Media Department in the Division of Interpretation and Education.

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Internship Opportunity: Interpretation and Visitor Services Internship – American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience LogoJob Title: Interpretation and Visitor Services Internship
Company: American Conservation Experience
Location: Monezuma Castle National Monument, AZ
Website: http://www.usaconservation.org
Apply to: Click Here to Apply
Job Type: Internship

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument – Arizona

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit youth conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument located in central Arizona is seeking TWO qualified interns for 6-month internships with the National Park Service working in education, interpretation, and visitor services. The interns will work directly with the park staff to provide park visitors with insight behind the amazing natural and pre-historic cultural resources of the two monuments.

This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing his or her career goals in education, cultural and natural resources, interpretation, and outreach through hard work and commitment to the National Park Services’ rich and unqiue natural and cultural resources.

Start Date: May 17, 2015
End Date: Nov. 14, 2015
Location: Camp Verde, AZ

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument located in central Arizona

To Learn more about the Monuments, please visit the NPS website at: http://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program (EPIC), please visit the website at: www.usaconservation.org

Position Description:
ACE Interns will directly assist the National Park Service engage the public in the history and signifigance of the the monuments to visitors. Interns share information and meanings behind natural and prehistoric cultural resources in central Arizona, as well provide other visitor services such as staffing the visitor center, collecting entrance fees, issuing park passes, and posting interpretive materials and announcements. These internships introduce National Park Service careers to future generations who will become tomorrow’s stewards of America’s national treasures.

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Internship Opportunity: In My Backyard Curriculum Development Internship – National Park Service (Application Deadline: 05/04/15)

US National Park Service LogoSummer 2015 National Park Service
In My Backyard Internship

This internship is a part of a long-term project initiated by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLSE) in Seattle. This project is the first of its kind within the NPS. The mission of the project is to connect urban youth with National Parks and cultural and historical sites in Washington State. KLSE is a prime location for this project because it serves as a hub for national parks throughout the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish our mission by focusing on two communities: Seattle area undergraduate/graduate students and urban youth. Students in higher education work on developing programming specifically aimed at benefitting youth in our community.

Since the summer of 2013, KLSE rangers, interns, teachers and volunteers have guided this project. Previous interns have researched and visited local national parks and cultural and historical sites. They wrote blog posts about their visits and opportunities for youth and promoted the project through social media and by attending local festivals. The objective of their efforts was to gather information and promote volunteer and job opportunities for youth as well as general information and travel suggestions.

In turn, interns also conducted interviews with professionals within the K-12 and higher education spheres to determine what techniques and resources are essential to developing quality, sustainable outreach programs. During the 2014/2015 school year, the intern teams worked on projects ranging from website design to curriculum development.

The major goal for the Summer 2015 interns is to finalize curriculum-based lesson plans. This includes writing lesson plans, filming short videos and developing curriculum-based activities. The team will accomplish this by splitting its time between office work and traveling to National Parks in the area. These parks include:
·         Mount Rainier National Park
·         North Cascades National Park
·         Olympic National Park
·         San Juan Island National Historical Park

The goals of these trips are to:
·         Conduct research about National Parks
·         Network with NPS and partner professionals
·         Film informational videos about each of the sites

The informational videos will supplement the curriculum-based lesson plans we plan to make available to middle and high school students in the urban Seattle area.

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Job Opportunity: Social Media Technician (Vegetation) – The Great Basin Institute

Great Basin Institute LogoWorking cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire a Social Media Technician. The overarching objective of this position is to assist with public land management as it relates to natural resources and the Park’s vegetation. More specifically, the Technician will aid in a variety of public support activities including, but not limited to:

  • populating and managing the iNaturalist project;
  • populating the photo gallery for the web-based flora;
  • establishing a web-based Flora through SEINet, using the Symbiota platform;
  • assisting with web-page development for the various botanical hiking guides;
  • creating brochures for the botanical trail guides using various applications (i.e. InDesign);
  • creating a bridge between the iNat project and the Wildflower Watch and web-based flora;
  • assisting with populating the Wildflower Watch reports; and
  • updating and reorganizing the various webpages currently on-line, as well as creating other vegetation related website info (e.g. bryophyte or rare plant page).

The Technician will serve as a liaison between other Park Divisions and the Branch of Media within the Park network and will be exposed to and support a variety of other interpretation and outreach activities. This position offers experience working with NPS professionals on public lands and will aid in preparation for a career in public lands recreation management through outreach strategies. Those seeking workforce development experiences for the purpose of public benefit through social media innovation should apply.

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