Title: Interpretation Education & Outreach Internship (1 opening)
Start/End Date: January 9, 2023 – June 23, 2023 (anticipated)
Stipend: $400 week
Term: 24 weeks
Reports To: Krystina Isaac (Lead Interpreter & Volunteer Coordinator)
Location: Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, & Tuzigoot National Monuments (2800 Montezuma Castle Highway, Camp Verde, AZ 86322)
Status: 675-hour AmeriCorps Service Term.
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,474.27; Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the internship. Park Service housing available.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the individual begins the term of service.
About Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):
Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.
About the National Park Service (NPS):
The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The interpretive division of the National Park Service is tasked with providing our diverse visitors with opportunities for them to create meaningful connections in our parks. It is the goal of the NPS interpretive division to provide exemplary customer service to each visitor by creating engaging talks, tours, and programs for visitors to enjoy.
About Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, & Tuzigoot National Monuments:
Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well are culturally and historically significant sites dating to the 11th century. Built by the Sinagua people who called the Verde Valley and this riparian corridor home for nearly 400 years, Montezuma Castle is a large cliff dwelling where archaeologists were able to learn a great deal about the Sinagua. Several miles upstream is Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole and lake with prehistoric dwellings clustered beneath its overhanging cliffs. Montezuma Castle is one of the first National Monuments protected by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. On the opposite end of the Verde Valley from Montezuma Castle is the large hilltop pueblo at Tuzigoot, which consists of over a hundred rooms and was probably home to several hundred people for several hundred years. After the people left, sometime in the 1300s, the pueblo stood empty until the early 1930s, when it was excavated by archeologists. Tuzigoot became a National Monument in 1939. Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot are managed by the National Park Service, who strive to provide the best visitor experience possible, and to fulfill the National Park Service's mission to protect, preserve and make these unique archaeological sites accessible to present and future generations.
Under the mentorship of a NPS supervisor, the selected intern will be involved in a variety of tasks and projects in this position. The intern will create original interpretive programing focused on public education and natural and cultural resources, which may include formal talks and tours, table demonstrations, special events, and social media posts. The intern will support community outreach events and assist NPS staff with classroom visits, field trips and in creating a Junior Ranger program. The intern will help mitigate invasive species during field trips with partner schools that focus on ecology and restoration of riparian habitats. The intern will have opportunities to network, learn how to create a federal resume, engage in training opportunities, and shadow other NPS divisions including Law Enforcement, Administration, Maintenance, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, and Visitor Services. The intern will serve as needed at Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle, and Tuzigoot National Monuments.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Create original interpretive programing and social media content focusing on both natural and cultural resources.
• Prepare program materials and educational materials.
• Host formal talks and tours, table demonstrations, and special events.
• Support community outreach events such as festivals and provide interpretation to the public.
• Develop hands-on activities for public presentations.
• Answer questions from the public and hand out informational resources.
• Assist with creation of a Junior Ranger program and its associated materials.
• Assist Park staff with classroom visits and field trips.
• Help mitigate invasive species during field trips with partner schools, focusing on ecology and restoration of riparian habitats.
• Public speaking skills and the ability to engage and communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with a diverse public, students, user groups, and agency staff in a professional manner.
• An interest in biology, archaeology, environmental education, or history.
• Interest in education and interpretation.
• Strong attention to organization and detail.
• Applicants must pass a criminal history background check.
• Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting is a requirement of all Conservation Legacy programs.
• Multilingual individual desired.
• Background in education, history, archaeology or cultural resources.
• To successfully perform essential functions, the individual may be required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Participation and Expected Behavior:
• Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program.
• Appropriately represent AmeriCorps, Arizona Conservation Corps, and the National Park Service at all times, including properly wearing the internship uniform.
Safety and Judgement:
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of dangers others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury, or need of assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond appropriately to stress or crises that may arise.
• If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
• The participant must comply with all public health protocols in place at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
• In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at azcorps.org/ip-positions. If you have questions, contact AZCC Individual Placement Program Coordinator, Preston Sands through the AZCC website.
For more information on the National Park Service, please visit https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit azcorps.org/. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.