Student Conservation Association Interpretive Intern in Arlington, Virginia

Interpretive Intern

Expected Dates

May 13, 2019toAugust 11, 2019


Wind Cave National Park

Position ID


Spend the summer exploring the underground world of Wind Cave National Park, home to the sixth longest cave in the world. This unique park located in the beautiful Black Hills of southwest South Dakota consists of 33,000 acres of mixed grass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems. Free roaming bison, elk, prairie dogs and other associated wildlife overlie the most complex cave on earth. Duties include: researching, developing and presenting four different thematic guided cave tours (55%), staļ¬ƒng the visitor center information desk (30%), researching, developing and presenting demonstrations, evening campfire programs and other interpretive activities (10%), fee collection (5%).Note: This position is not eligible for the AmeriCorps education award.

  • Location Description

Wind Cave National Park is located in the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota.

  • Training Provided

Interns will receive extensive training on resource preservation and stewardship and will be the primary educator of visitors on resource stewardship issues.

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Interns gain valuable insight into the diversity of career fields within the NPS and with positive performance results will create a pathway to paid employment with Wind Cave National Park the following year. Recreational opportunities are extensive.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Education and Interpretation

Education, Training & Skills Expected

Earth Sciences

some coursework or experience


some coursework or experience

Customer Service

some experience

Public Speaking

some experience

Working with Children

some experience

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible

Not Eligible

Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?


All housing and associated cost is provided to the interns free of charge. Housing consists of shared, furnished houses or apartments. All housing is located within the park and is within a ten minute walk to work.



US Citizenship