Do you love nature and the outdoors? Do you like working with people and kids? Join us in the Middle Rio Grande Valley to connect people of all ages to one of the most spectacular wildlife refuges in the country. Learn all aspects of Visitor Services and live on-site at one of New Mexico's most popular public lands and help put on the 2022 Festival of the Cranes. As a visitor services intern at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, develop well-rounded skillsets as you assist staff and volunteers in providing the public and educators with safe, accessible, and quality recreation opportunities both on-site and digitally. Additionally, take on a special visitor services project to develop targeted skills. Housing will be provided on-site. Upon the completion of this internship the intern will have earned Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority which can be used to gain permanent employment with the federal government.
The majority of duties will consist of assisting with Visitor Services Operations along with one other intern. Daily activities include social media posting filming and photography, desk and phone information help, environmental education, and fee booth operations. Interns may also assist with roving wildlife talks, digital media content creation and management, public facilities management, designing fun and informative wildlife signs, and working closely with volunteers.
Additionally, this position will have an opportunity to take on one special visitor services project. Potential projects could include: creating the station’s first digital media strategy, developing self-guided educator materials, and developing interpretive materials such as panels, trail guides, and exhibits.
We are looking for individuals who love wildlife, are versatile, creative, and thoughtful and who are working toward or have recently completed a degree. Ideal candidates have an interest in developing a broad foundation of visitor services skillsets and a passion for connecting adults, kids, and families, and diverse audiences to the great outdoors. The intern will need to work both independently and with a team of staff and volunteers. Interest in learning digital content development skills, interpretive writing experience, or teaching skills is desired. As is demonstrated cultural awareness, including experience working with people from diverse cultures.
Dates, hours & location of work: 710 hours to be completed by the end of their internship. Anticipated period of work is September 2022 – January 2023 with some flexibility in dates. Work hours generally will be 9am-5:30pm Sunday to Thursday; some weekend and evening hours may be needed for events. When in-person work is possible, work location will be at the headquarters office/visitor information center at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The office/visitor information center is located within walking distance of the living quarters to be provided.
Candidates must have experience in customer service and digital media. A valid driver’s license is required.
Applicants will receive first consideration from New Mexico academic programs, and second with residency or desire to reside in the Southwest. Additionally, applicants with academic disciplines and areas of interest related to this position are encouraged to apply: communication, marketing, graphic design, journalism, anthropology, business management, liberal arts, writing, photography, education, digital media, social media, history, botany, biology, and/or working with the public and partners.
A personal vehicle is highly recommended.