Assateague Island National Seashore
Date inactive: 3/1/2013
Dates of Service: 12-week positions requiring occasional weekend work. The workweek consists of 5 days (40 hours) with 2 consecutive days off. Spring positions will begin March 17, 2013. Summer internships will begin June 2, 2013. Applicants must be available for the entire internship
Duties and Responsibilities: The intern will spend considerable time learning the basics of marine biology and barrier island ecology as well as the fundamentals of NPS history and visitor services. Interns will participate in formal training classes, shadow staff, and conduct self-paced research. The intern’s responsibilities will be gradually expanded and s/he will perform nearly all duties expected of a salaried naturalist.
Spring Season, March 17- June 8: Participants will help plan, organize and conduct curriculum-based resource education activities. Interns must be willing to work with pre-K through 12th grade students and use a variety of educational techniques including puppetry, poetry and singing. Familiarity, experience and interest in natural sciences are essential as many upper level programs encompass plankton monitoring, water quality analysis, invertebrate and vertebrate inventories and earth sciences. Considerable physical exertion is required in many educational activities such as kayak tours and beach hikes.
Summer Season, June 3 - August 24: Interns will begin their employment with a 2-week training program beginning Monday, June 3. Interns will be responsible for conducting education/interpretation programs including: beach walks, bay discovery programs, aquarium talks, children’s crafts, crabbing and clamming demonstrations, and campfire programs. Visitor center information desk duty should be anticipated along with bookshop sales. On certain evenings, roving contacts will be made in the campgrounds.
The opportunity to lead guided kayak trips may also be available. Considerable physical exertion is required in these activities.
Housing, Uniforms, and Per Diem: Assateague Island National Seashore provides free housing for its resident interns and volunteers. Housing is dormitory style and rooms are shared. Houses are completely furnished, with the exception of linens and specialized cooking utensils. Camping site/RV pad is not available for this position. Intern must provide his or her own transportation to and from the seashore. The National Park Service will provide a uniform. Interns receive $20 per day.
Work Environment and Area Information:
Assateague Island can be windy, cold, and variable in the spring and hot and humid in the summer. Biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks are a natural part of the resource experience. The intern can expect to exert some degree of physical effort in outdoor programs.
The Maryland District is located 8 miles from Ocean City, a sizable resort community. The small town of Berlin, Maryland, with shopping, banks, and supermarkets, is also 8 miles away. It is highly desirable that interns have some kind of personal transportation, and bicycles are helpful. Non-car-owners should expect to share some gasoline costs with seasonal employees who have vehicles.
The Virginia district office is located near Chincoteague Island, a small resort community containing the basic amenities, such as banks, medical centers, groceries, shops and post office. It is highly desirable that the intern have some kind of personal transportation. Bicycles are helpful.
If you are interested send:
Assistant Chief of Interpretation
Assateague Island National Seashore
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811