2014 Backcountry Patrol, Interpretation, and Capitol Reef Field Station Internship

Capitol Reef Field Station Sign

Job Description

The full-time intern will work part-time with the NPS Interpretation and Education Division and part-time at Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS).

Critical elements of the internship include but are not limited to the following major responsibilities:

NPS Interpretation & Education Division (80% estimate)

  • Backcountry Patrol. Independently hike trails, drive backcountry roads, one to two days per week. Check on conditions of vehicle and foot routes, water sources, and sensitive resources. Ensure that park staff has current information to pass onto visitors. Assist park rangers with emergencies involving search & rescue and emergency medicine.
  • Interpretation. Assist visitors in gaining an understanding of and appreciation for the unique features of Capitol Reef National Park. Present the established Junior Geologist program at the nature center two days per week. Provide informal interpretation to visitors at the visitor center and the nature center. Provide accurate information, and appropriate and professional customer service to all park visitors. Cooperatively staff the park visitor center information desk with park rangers. Issue backcountry permits.

CRFS (20% estimate)

  • Group Facilitation. Assist in facilitating group check-in, orientation, and tours of the Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS). Occasionally, the intern will also facilitate group activities on-site and in the surrounding Park area. Assist in the day-to-day operations of CRFS to best foster a positive experience for groups at CRFS.
  • Customer Service. Provide accurate information, and appropriate and professional customer service to all Field Station visitors to ensure an ongoing and positive relationship between CRFS, UVU and Capitol Reef National Park. Help visitors gain an appreciation and understanding of Capitol Reef National Park's unique features, including its natural and cultural heritage, as well as the field station's mission of education, research, and sustainability.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.

Job Duration

The internship runs from May 5 through August 15, 2014; five days/week (Thursday – Monday with occasional schedule changes), approximately 15 weeks.

Obligations of the Intern

  • Attend seasonal park employee training and online training.
  • Comply with CRFS and CRNP regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Complete projects and assignments on time.
  • Wear appropriate UVU/CRFS clothing and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • As a representative of both UVU, CRFS, and the NPS maintain a high level of professionalism and flexibility at all times.
  • Adhere to the specified dates of the agreement.
  • Follow all safety regulations and guidelines; practice safe work habits; properly check out, use, care for, and check in Park equipment, vehicles and property.

The Facilities

The Capitol Reef Field Station consists of four buildings on a bluff overlooking Pleasant Creek in Capitol Reef National Park. The field station is a model in energy-wise construction; it is solar-powered with a propane backup generator, and it makes extensive use of passive heating and cooling. While the station has adequate electricity and water to support its activities, its staff and guests practice conservation at all times. The station accommodates up to 40 day-use visitors and 24 overnight visitors.


The internship provides a wage of $11.00/hour.


The Park provides the intern with one private bedroom in a coed multi-bedroom house with shared living, kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Intern may be required to spend the occasional night at the CRFS while completing CRFS duties.

Intern qualifications

  • Must be a current student at Utah Valley University (preferably in junior or senior year of program).
  • Must have background and interest in areas of outdoor leadership, outdoor recreation, backcountry travel, natural resources, natural history education, and/or interpretation.
  • Must be willing to live at Capitol Reef National Park throughout the duration of the internship.
  • Must be mature, independent, and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to hike, load materials, and carry out activities related to the CRFS and NPS mission.

To Apply

Application materials must be submitted by Feb. 24, 2014.