About this Opportunity!
Intern, South Platte Park Interpretation
This position is UNPAID.
Share your passion for nature by planning, researching, preparing and
conducting interpretive programs! Assist with summer camps, elementary
students, and groups of families and adults in programs like canoeing,
night hikes and activities like campfire talks, capturing crawdads or
birdwatching. Host visitors in the nature center and practice the care
of exhibit animals. Gain skills working with volunteers and develop
marketing and interpretive items for your portfolio. May require
occasional work on evenings, weekends, holidays or split shifts to
take advantage of the best times to be in nature. This is a great
entry level experience in natural resources, interpretation,
environmental education, and in parks and recreation.
This position is unpaid, but will work with students
for college credits. This position is also flexible with schedules and
hours. Minimum of 30 hours must be spent on this internship between
May and August. Onsite housing not available.
Our Ideal Candidate
- Has the skills needed to swim in deep or moving water.
- Has the ability to successfully and productively work with minimal
supervision and to listen and follow directions/instructions from
- Will adhere to safe work practices and procedures and follow
safety procedures and perform CPR, First Aid or AED if needed.
- Is able to find and capture insects and aquatic invertebrates, and
to identify birds, tracks and mammals, astronomic and weather
phenomena, or other naturalist skills, or demonstrate interest in learning.
- Will be able to lead groups on hiking trails or demonstrate
ability and desire to learn.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities, weather events, and
special work requests.
- Will communicate clearly and concisely in English both orally and
- Must be at least eighteen (18) years old and attending school for
a Degree in Interpretation or Environmental Communication, natural
Resources, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Education, Communications or a
related field from a regionally accredited College or University.
- Experience in customer service, public speaking and working with
children preferred. A combination of experience and education may be considered.
- Current certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED or the ability to
obtain is required.
The job description above covers the main duties of this position.
Please note, as a team member, there may be additional
responsibilities that are required to meet ongoing needs of the department.
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.