Job Description

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

  • Interpretation and Education. Assist visitors, both general audiences and children, 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 nature talk using National Park Service methods of interpretation. Outlines are available. 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 the nature center.
  • Customer service. Provide accurate information and professional customer service to all park visitors. Independently operate the nature center. Maintain nature center facility cleanliness. Administer the park’s Junior Ranger program (issue booklets, sign off on activities completed, recite pledge, sign books, and issue badges). Staff the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center with park rangers, guides, interns, and volunteers.
  • Projects and Special Assignments. Maintain interpretive and educational displays and assist with projects as requested and assigned.
  • 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 4 through August 7, 2020; following either a straight 8-hour/day schedule (40 hours per week, Tuesday through Saturday) or 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 or not 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 Ripple Rock Nature Center (RRNC) is an educational facility that opened in May of 1999. During the 2018 summer season, RRNC was visited by over 3,000 people. These visitors include families and student and civic groups who learn about the natural and cultural history of the Capitol Reef area.

Originally built in 1957, this two-room, 940-square foot structure is 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. Parking is limited.

The Park Visitor Center

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 visitation can reach 2,000 daily. Exhibits and a movie describe park resources, activities and facilities.


The internship provides a wage of $13.00/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. 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

  • The 2020 deadline has passed. Check back in November 2020 to apply for the 2021 Internship.
  • 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 ( or Michael Stevens, CRFS Director (