Job Description

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

• Interpretation and Education. Assist visitors in gaining an understanding of and appreciation for the unique features of Capitol Reef National Park. Research, develop, and present interpretive and educational programs including a geology talk, Junior Geologist program, and a Ranger’s Choice talk using National Park Service methods of interpretation. Outlines are available for reference and use. Intern is required to submit written outlines by specific due date. Programs are designed to reach children and families, as well as a wide variety of audiences, and contribute to visitor understanding of and appreciation for park resources. Provide information, orientation, and informal interpretation to visitors at the visitor center and while roving.


• Customer service. Provide accurate information and professional customer service to all park visitors. Staff the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center alongside park rangers, guides, interns, and volunteers.


• Projects and Special Assignments. Assist park staff with projects and collateral duties, such as collecting phenology data or maintaining park bicycles. Peer-coaching is required of all staff. Intern will complete peer-coaching duties.


• Safety and Care of Government Equipment. Follow all safety regulations and guidelines; practice safe work habits; properly check out, use, care for, and check in park equipment, vehicles and property.


• Communications. Communicate and cooperate with others (supervisors, park staff, bookstore staff, and maintenance staff) to promote an effective and successful partnership. Follow the chain of command.

Job Duration

The internship runs from May 10 through August 13, 2021; following a 9-hour/day work schedule (one work week will be Tuesday through Saturday and the other work week will be Wednesday through Saturday). Opportunity for overtime or to take time off is limited and may not be possible. Attending the monthly staff meeting, after office hours, is required.

Obligations of the Intern

  • Attend seasonal park employee training and online training as possible.
  • Comply with park regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Complete projects and assignments on time.
  • Wear appropriate UVU/Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS) clothing and maintain a professional appearance. Clothing should be business casual and grooming should follow National Park Service standards including no visible tattoos, no unnatural hair color or makeup, and professional grooming. More information is available from the park. Brown, black, or khaki pants are required with a belt and polished brown shoes or boots with brown or black socks.
  • As a representative of both UVU and CRFS, 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 Visitor Center, built in the 1960s, is located at the junction of Utah State Route 24 and the park’s Scenic Drive. Open year-round, summer visitation can reach 2,000 daily. In 2020 and 2021 the visitor center is undergoing renovations and will open in Spring 2021 with new exhibits and visitor space.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitor center operations may be altered and the exhibits and park movie may not be available for park visitors.

 

Compensation

The internship provides a wage of $13.00/hour, plus medical benefits.

Housing

The Park provides the intern with one private bedroom in a coed multi-bedroom house with shared living, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. Rules apply, including no pets or family in shared housing. Housing in the local community may be available, but is the responsibility of the intern if they chose to live outside the park.

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 biology, botany, geology, recreation, natural resources, natural history, human history, education, or interpretation.
  • Must be willing to live in shared housing provided by the park, or be responsible for finding housing in the local community 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 Ripple Rock Nature Center 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.

Cordell Roy Scholarship

To Apply

  • Job listing will be available in November 2021.
  • Letters of recommendation are to be submitted directly from those who have written them. Once your application has been submitted an email will be sent to your references asking them to submit the letter of recommendation.
  • For more information contact Jessamy Bowie, CRFS Administrative Assistant (jbowie@uvu.edu) or Michael Stevens, CRFS Director (michael.stevens@uvu.edu)