Internship Description

This 10-week internship begins January 9, 2012.

This intern works within the ranger division in the Paradise area at Mount Rainier National Park, focusing on visitor and resource protection.  Indoor work may include program development, data entry, report writing and answering visitor queries. Outdoor work on snowshoes or skis may include monitoring visitor use patterns, assisting in gathering avalanche data, assisting in data collection for natural resource studies, maintaining trails and other duties as assigned.

Supervision is direct and day-to-day, conducted by regular seasonal or permanent park staff.

The intern must be a current Evergreen student and must register for an Internship Learning Contract for 16 credits. The faculty sponsor for the contract is Jeff Antonelis-Lapp.

Desired Skills and Abilities

a)     A strong background and interest in natural, environmental or biological sciences.

b)     Ability to interact professionally with park staff and visitors.

c)      Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

d)     Outstanding physical condition and outdoor skills for extreme winter weather.

e)     Skill in mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing, avalanche and emergency medicine is desirable.

f)       Ability to work independently and in settings with limited contact with other staff.

g)     High degree of reliability to ensure timely and systematic completion of tasks.

Dates and Work Schedule

The internship period is 10 weeks in duration, beginning January 9, 2012. The work week is 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm in the Paradise area of the park.


Training and Benefits

This internship provides field experience to qualify for future paid positions with the National Park Service and other natural resource agencies. Training is provided through on-the-job sessions and includes safety training, general park management, natural resources management and visitor and resource protection, avalanche, rescue, and limited continuing emergency medical training.  Shared housing will be provided at no cost at Longmire or Tahoma Woods in the southwest sector of the park.


Other Information

The intern is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the park at the beginning and end of the internship and responsible for his/her own transportation during weekends. Transportation will be provided during the work week between Longmire and Paradise. The intern will receive $20 per diem per day worked for food.

To apply

Submit a resume with 2-3 references and a letter of interest to Jeff Antonelis-Lapp at The position is open until filled.