Creating Responsible Outdoor Communities Internship  

Position Title
Creating Responsible Outdoor Communities Internship

NPS Unit Name
Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida

Position Dates
Starting August 2, 2017, for six months with the option to extend

Position Description and Responsibilities
Want to make a difference and work at a world famous national park? Come be a part of our team!

Everglades National Park is looking for an outgoing and highly motivated person to help us plan, organize, and lead service-learning projects for youth volunteers such as Alternative Breaks, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, AmeriCorps, and high school service groups. The internship will be based out of park headquarters near Homestead, Florida, but service projects will be focused in our Flamingo District, one of the gateways to the vast backcountry of the Everglades.

The internship starts in August to begin planning and scheduling service projects. The majority of projects will run from mid-November to late-March, taking advantage of favorable weather conditions in south Florida. You will collaborate with our internal partners within the divisions of Maintenance, Natural Resources, Law Enforcement, and Interpretation. Projects will include trail maintenance, beach clean-ups, habitat restoration, landscaping, and light maintenance. Many of these projects will be in the backcountry which is only accessible by boat or canoe.

You will receive on-the-job training on topics such as volunteer and project management, safety, and leadership, as well as opportunities to work with and learn from National Park Service rangers. Formal training will include an orientation to the National Park Service, Motorboat Operator’s Certification Course (MOCC), CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and ACA Canoe Skills.

You will need to be able to work independently as well as being part of a diverse and dynamic team. This internship is a 40 hour/week job that includes working on the weekends and some holidays. The right candidate will be detail-oriented, hardworking, and ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Qualifications
The following skills are not required but are valuable for this position.
Strong communication skills
Ability to perform strenuous physical activity

Computer Skills
Past boating and/or canoeing experience a plus
Ability to speak a second language such as Spanish a plus

Work Environment
An old ranger once said, "There are two Everglades: the Wonder Glades and the Bummer Glades. While we often focus on the beauty of this world famous national park, we shouldn’t forget about safety. There are many outdoor hazards to keep in mind such as working in remote locations, high heat, high humidity, and intense sunshine. There’s also the potential for exposure to poisonwood and poison ivy. South Florida also has four kinds of venomous snakes and many biting insects. However, with the right training, planning, and equipment, the Bummer Glades wont ruin the Wonder Glades.

Vehicle/License Requirement
A valid driver’s license is required. You will need your own vehicle to drive to park headquarters located near Homestead, Florida.

Compensation and Benefits
$15/hour. A Greening Youth Foundation uniform will be provided. Park housing may be available.

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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