Cedar Grove Interpretation Intern
Kings Canyon National Park’s goal is to provide training and tools to research, create, and conduct bilingual interpretive programs and visitor services. The intern will be working at the information desk, presenting interpretive talks and walks, issuing Junior Ranger badges, roving park trails, and posting to the park’s social media sites, with coaching and mentoring from a supervisor.
At the end of the internship, the intern will have completed interpretive and customer service training, and will prepare to present interpretive programs, provide excellent customer service at a visitor center, write social media content, contact park visitors on trails, and contribute to a positive work environment. When the intern is presenting interpretive programs, the supervisor will attend the programs and provide verbal and written feedback on a regular basis.
- Good communication and customer service skills/experience, and a desire to build on these skills.
- Public speaking skills and the ability to present programs to public groups is strongly preferred. If the applicant has a fear of public speaking, they must be willing and able to tackle that fear and be willing to speak in front of large groups.
- Comfortable meeting and dealing with a wide variety of park visitors.
- Demonstrated interest in natural and cultural history, and interest in working in an outdoor environment.
- Ability to adhere to more formulaic/repetitive tasks as well.
- Ability to stand or sit for moderate amounts of time.
- Ability to work and live in a remote area, in rustic living conditions, without much access to wi-fi or cell phone connectivity.
- Spanish-speaking ability is strongly preferred.
- Last but not least, passion for living and working in the outdoors.
About the work environment:
- Summer weather is usually quite hot in Cedar Grove. Summer temperatures stay in the 80's and 90's, and is usually sunny and almost never rains.
- Potential hazards are high heat, wildfires, smoky/hazy conditions, poor air quality, and traffic congestion on busy weekends
- For the work environment, about 50% of the position is working inside the visitor center, about 30% of the position is conducting interpretive programs, and about 20% is roving park trails and conducting other duties.
- Potential wildlife sightings include mule deer, black bears, raccoons, mountain lions, mice, birds, and squirrels.
- Cedar Grove tries to hire interns each year. We hire several seasonal employees each year, and there are other seasonal employees and interns from other divisions that are housed together in the shared housing community.
- The Cedar Grove District is open in the summer only. It is not as busy as Grant Grove. There are no sequoia trees in this district, but there is access to the Kings River. It is two hours away from the Lodgepole district of Sequoia NP and 2.5 hours away from Fresno/Clovis/Visalia.
- Nearby facilities include the Cedar Grove Visitor Center, hiking trails, small market, 4 campgrounds, snack bar, lodge, and horseback riding
- There is no shuttle service. Major grocery stores and other city amenities are 2.5 hours away in the Fresno/Clovis/Visalia area. And there are Latino communities in this area.
About Kings Canyon National Park:
Kings Canyon National Park is named for one of the deepest canyons in the world. The park is 96% designated wilderness and is the gateway to a vast trail system, including the John Muir Trail. The Cedar Grove District does not contain sequoia trees. Cedar Grove is located at the bottom of Kings Canyon and contains hiking trails. It is surrounded by majestic, granite cliffs and has the beautiful Kings River running through it. Nearby Grant Grove and Sequoia National Park has sequoia trees and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
This dramatic landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity--huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees. These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370' to 14,494