Outdoor Education Internships

Outdoor Education Internship Opportunities

While the Northland College Outdoor Education program is by no means a clearinghouse for internships, internship announcements do cross our desks. We would like to share these opportunities with our current students, graduates, and site visitors. The internships on this page will be listed from new to old. We have chosen to retain many expired internship postings in order to enable visitors to see what types of internships are available in this field.

The Internship Listings:

Please note: The internships on this page will be listed from new to old. We have chosen to retain many expired internship postings in order to enable visitors to see what types of internships are available in this field. Thank you for your indulgence.

Northland Outdoor Job and Internship Archive:

pdf: ArchiveOfJobsAndInternships

Internships with Mountain Workshop, Posted: 1/11/16

Description-pdf: MW Internship Outline ‘16

I am the Development Director and Staffing Coordinator for Mountain Workshop, an experiential education and outdoor adventure company based in southern Connecticut. Our organization focuses on providing school-aged children and young adults with a broad range of Positive School Climate, Leadership Development, Experiential and Adventure Education programs designed to address the challenges and opportunities facing today’s youth. For our 2016 season, we are focused on further developing our internship program in hopes of not only bringing in passionate and qualified members to our team, but also in building lasting relationships with colleges and universities to provide their students with outstanding professional experience in a variety of disciplines.

Please feel free to reach with any questions, and also to visit our website (www.mountainworkshop.com) to gain a further understanding of who we are.


Chris Kozma
Development Director/Staffing Coordinator
The Mountain Workshop
35 Miry Brook Rd
Danbury, CT  06810
203-797-1435 Ext. 119
203-797-1436 (fax)

2016 Interpretation Internships at Shenandoah National Park, Posted: 1/11/16

Description-pdf: 2016 SHEN Interpretation Internship

We are currently recruiting interns for the summer of 2016 to serve as front-line Park Ranger/Interpreters at Shenandoah National Park. Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in interpretation/outdoor education, recreation/tourism, biology, geology, environmental studies, history, or other related fields are welcome and encouraged to apply.

These internship positions can be for academic credit or simply to gain direct experience as a front-line interpreter with the National Park Service. Our program provides in-depth training and hands-on experiences in interpretation resulting in a skill set that makes the intern competitive for paid positions in the field of interpretation. Of course, living and working in Shenandoah National Park is pretty nice, too!

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at 540-999-3500 x3281 or by email at debby_smith@nps.gov. For more information about Shenandoah National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/shen.

Best wishes,
Debby Smith

Debby Smith
Interpretive Operations Supervisor
Shenandoah National Park
3655 US Hwy 211 East Luray, VA 22835
p: (540) 999-3500 ext.3281
e: debby_smith@nps.gov

Internships With Big Island Farms, Posted: 11/27/15

Description-pdf: BigIslandFarms_Internship_10-21-15

Internships at The National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Posted: 2/9/15

Description-pdf: MRHA_InternOpportunity_2-9-15

The National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial offers academic internships in the Interpretive Branch to qualifying students in the fields of interpretation, communication, history, parks and recreation management, natural
history, and related studies.

Our interpretive internships allow students to fulfill a number of academic requirements while experiencing the interpretive operation of a major national park unit.  New this year is the Mount Rushmore History Association scholarship. We are offering 4 scholarship positions. Each position, will receive a $2,000 payment on or about week 7 of the internship and another $2,000 at the end of a completed 13 week internship. This year’s internship season begins on 5/10/15.

Interns work alongside Mount Rushmore staff in conducting guided walks, interpretive talks, roving patrols, and providing visitor services at information desks.  After intensive orientation to the site and training in the role and practice of interpretation, interns develop their abilities in public speaking through preparation and delivery of programming, supervisory coaching and teaching provided by one of our three certified interpretive coaches.

Previous student interns have benefited from such hands-on experience when seeking employment with the National Park Service, related agencies or organizations.

The enclosed description of the internship program may be copied for interested applicants or posted on your department bulletin boards, as needed.

The website source for information on Mount Rushmore National Memorial is www.nps.gov/moru.  We welcome further inquiries about the internship programs at Mount Rushmore. For details, please contact me by phone found below or via e-mail: Blaine_Kortemeyer@nps.gov.



Blaine Kortemeyer
Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy. 244, Bldg. 31 Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751
office (605) 574 3170
Cell (605) 391 5986

Six Student Conservation Association (SCA) Internships in the Siuslaw National Forest of Oregon, Posted: 12/16/14

Description-pdf: 2015_ForestServiceSummerInternPositions_OregonCoast_12-16-14

We will be hiring six Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns for our interpretive field ranger program.  It is a dynamic program that will have you engaged with visitors all summer long.  Please see the position description attached for more information and how to apply.

If you have any further questions, please contact the program manager David Thompson at davidlthompson@fs.fed.us.

Internships Available at St Croix National Scenic Riverway, Posted: 12/9/14

St Croix Riverway Internships 2015 Poster-pdf: St Croix Riverway Internships 2015 Poster
2015 Land Program Assistant Internship Description-pdf: Final 2015 Land Program Assistant Internship Description
2015 Park Guide Internship Description-pdf: Final 2015 Park Guide Internship Description
Resource Management Internship-pdf: Final 2015 Resource Management Internship

Internship at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Posted: 12-9-14

Description-pdf : Education Program Intern 2015

Interpretation Internship Announcement for Patuxent Research Refuge, Posted: 3/12/14

Position Title: Environmental Interpretation Internships

Number of Positions: 2

Salary: $195 per week stipend with dormitory housing available

Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Maryland

Dates of employment: May 16th, 2014 – August 18th, 2014

Qualifications: Must have well-developed communication skills and leadership ability; be able to work independently and as part of a team; experience working with children and adults preferred. Bachelor’s degree (or pursuing) in education, natural resources, or related field desired.  Driver’s license necessary.  Internship is 40 hrs/wk.

Duties: Provide quality educational experiences for all visitors to the National Wildlife Visitor Center and Patuxent Research Refuge through developing and conducting interpretive and educational programs for all ages, leading interpretive tram tours focusing on wildlife management and research, working with Scout groups, and assisting with all operations of a visitor center. Work schedule will include weekends (two days off during week), and some holidays.

How to Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and email.

Closing Date: Received by March 29th, 2014

Contact Person:
Amy Shoop
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027

Adventures Internship at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Posted: 2/13/14

Description-pdf: StoutAdventuresIntern_2-13-14

The University of Wisconsin–Stout is excited to announce the opening of two positions within its’ outdoor program: Stout Adventures Coordinator and Stout Adventures Intern. The program is looking for excited and committed individuals to continue to better the program for students and the community. Please refer to the attached documents for more information.

The Nature Conservancy: Internship Opportunities, Posted: 2/10/14

Description-pdf: TheNatureConservancy_Internships_2-10-14

Internship/Assistant Naturalist Positions Available at the Neilson Spearhead Center, Bemidji, MN, Posted: 1/30/14

Description-pdf: AssistNaturalistJobInformation_1-30-14

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Environmental Education Intern, Posted: 1/28//14

Description-pdf: PEEC_ EnvironmentalEducationIntern_1-28-14

Pathways Student Intern for Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island, Tongass National Forest, Alaska, Posted: 1/28/14

Description-pdf: OUTREACH.TongassNF.AdmiraltyNMPackCreek.GS0499_3_4_5

Admiralty Island National Monument will soon be advertising a GS-0499-3/4/5 Pathways Student Intern (Recreation) position to work at the world-class Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in joining a progressive wilderness program on Admiralty Island – a National Monument, designated wilderness, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to one of the densest brown bear populations in the world.  While the student intern completes their studies, the summer work schedule will occur around their school schedule (e.g June to August).  Upon successful completion of education degree requirements, on-the-job training and meeting OPM qualifications, the position will non-competitively convert to a 13/13 permanent seasonal GS-0462-5 Forestry Technician (Wilderness) position.

Anyone interested is encouraged to complete the attached Outreach Response Form.  Respondents will be notified via email when the vacancy announcement becomes available.  You will still need to apply for the job separately.   Please reply to the attached outreach by February 14, 2014.

Kevin E Hood
Wilderness Manager
Admiralty Island National Monument – Juneau Ranger District
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Internships on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Posted: 1/20/14

In partnership with the St. Croix River Association we are recruiting for up to six internships in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway for summer 2014.  Internships are in Trego and St. Croix Falls.

St Croix Riverway Internship Recruitment Poster_2014
St Croix Riverway Land Program Assistant Internship Description_2014
St Croix Riverway Park Guide Internship Description_2014