Job Description

The intern will work full-time with the Capitol Reef National Park Division of Resource Management & Science, assisting with cultural resources-related office and field work.

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


  • Assist with museum management, archival research, and annual museum reporting
  • Assist with cultural resources inventory and documentation of newly identified archeological resources and historic structures
  • Assist with condition monitoring of previously documented archeological resources
  • Enter field data from inventory and monitoring into park databases
  • Assist with other resource management and interpretation activities as needed
  • Serve as the on-site Assistant Site Manager for Capitol Reef Field Station as needed.


Museum management activities will include assistance with the inventory and housekeeping of museum collections, rehousing of objects and photographic media, and the completion of year-end reporting. The intern may also conduct archival research to support cultural resource identification efforts and other resource management actions.

Field activities to assist with cultural resources inventory and condition monitoring of archeological resources may require long hours in the field and hiking up to 10 miles a day across rough terrain, although 2 to 6 miles per day is more typical. Weather conditions may vary from cold and rainy in the early spring to temperatures nearing 100 ℉ in the summer. Other challenging conditions may include high winds and biting insects.

Candidates should enjoy a mix of working indoors and outdoors, be physically fit, methodical and detail-oriented, and be able to record data accurately and legibly. Skills with photography, computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, ArcGIS), and operating four-wheel drive vehicles on dirt roads would be beneficial. Interns would be supervised by the park Archeologist/Cultural Resource Program Manager and may work closely with other park managers when assisting with other resource management and interpretation activities.

Job Duration

The internship runs from May 3 through August 14, 2024; forty hours/week; four days/week (Monday-Thursday with occasional schedule changes), for approximately 14 weeks.

Obligations of the Intern

  • Complete some seasonal park employee on-site and online training.
  • Successfully complete a background check for access to National Park Service (NPS) computers.
  • Comply with Capitol Reef National Park and Capitol Reef Field Station regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Complete projects and assignments on time.
  • Wear appropriate Utah Valley University (UVU) clothing and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.
  • As a representative of both UVU 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 internship provides a wage of $15.00/hour, plus medical benefits.


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

Intern qualifications

  • Must be a current student at Utah Valley University (preferably in junior or senior year of program).
  • Must have a background and interest in the broad area of cultural resources, which may be inclusive of pre- and post-contact archeological resources and historic structures, cultural landscapes, and/or museums collections.
  • 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 UVU and NPS mission.


Cordell Roy Scholarship

The Cordell Roy Scholarship has been set up to pay for student fees for internship credit for the Capitol Reef Interns.


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