Sponsored by Utah Valley University and Capitol Reef National Park
Critical elements of the job include but are not limited to the following major responsibilities:
The internship runs from May 4 through August 14, 2015; following a 5-4-9 schedule that allows for a three-day weekend every other week. Work schedule will be Wednesday through Sunday the first week of the pay period and Thursday through Sunday on the alternate week; nine-hour days with the exception of one eight hour day; for 15 weeks. The nature center will be open Thursday through Sunday, with the alternating Wednesday worked being a research or project day, enabling the intern to research for programs, hike longer trails and explore operations in other divisions.
The Ripple Rock Nature Center (RRNC) is an educational facility that opened in May of 1999. During each summer season, RRNC is visited by approximately 3500 people. These visitors include families, student and civic groups who learn about the natural history of the Capitol Reef area.
Originally built in 1957, this two-room 940-square foot structure is conveniently located in the Park’s Fruita Historic District, approximately ¾ mile from the visitor center on the Scenic Drive. It is located between two fruit orchards, across from a blacksmith shop exhibit, adjacent to Sulphur Creek, and near a picnic area and historic pioneer farmstead. The building is set back from the road and surrounded by areas of rough lawn with mature shade trees.
The Park Visitor Center, built in the 1960s, is located at the junction of Utah Hwy 24 and the park's Scenic Drive. Open year-round, summer hours are 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and summer visitation can reach 1,000 daily. Exhibits and a movie describe park resources, activities and facilities.
The recipient is awarded a $7000 scholarship for living expenses.
The Park provides the intern with one private bedroom in a coed multi-bedroom house with shared living, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Application materials must be submitted by Feb. 18, 2015.
Cordell Roy began his NPS career as a volunteer at Everglades in 1972. He worked summer and winter seasons at Lassen Volcanic while finishing a degree in biological sciences at California State University, Chico. His first permanent NPS position was as a park technician at Petrified Forest in 1976. Assignments after that included Guadalupe Mountains (ranger), Chickasaw (district ranger), Capitol Reef, Everglades and Big Cypress (resource management specialist), Alaska Region (environmental specialist, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill damage assessment coordinator and coastal programs division chief), and Timpanogos and Chamizal (superintendent). He also served acting superintendent assignments at Wrangell-St. Elias, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Bryce Canyon and Golden Spike. Cordell held an NPS law enforcement commission for 28 years and worked numerous major cases. He was the RS 2477 specialist for the Intermountain Region. In 1996 he enjoyed a detail to the personal staff of Senator Robert F. Bennett.
Cordell's unique understanding of Utah issues, and high respect of the NPS held for his professional skills led to his final assignment with the NPS as the Utah State Coordinator—a position he held from 2003 until his retirement in January 2011. As NPS State Coordinator for Utah, Cordell served as the principle representative of the NPS to the State of Utah. The Cordell Roy internship is funded by a generous grant to UVU given by Kevin Jones and others to honor Mr. Roy's service.