Interpretation Internship - C&O Canal National Historical Park (Williamsport, MD)
Title: Interpretation Individual Placements
Location: Williamsport, MD
Dates: June 6th, 2022 – December 2nd, 2022 (26 weeks)
Positions Available: 2 Internships
Pay: $500/week paid biweekly
Status: This is a full-time, temporary, 900 hour AmeriCorps national service position.
Contact: Questions? Email ACCRecruiting@conservationlegacy.org
Application will stay open until the position is filled. Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.
Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
In partnership with the National Park Service, we are seeking an intern who will work with the Division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers at the C&O Canal National Historical Park. These positions are based out of the park's new Headquarters in Williamsport, MD, and the interns will have an opportunity to work across the 184.5 miles of the park with a primary focus in western Maryland.
The C&O Canal NHP welcomes an estimated 5 million visitors a year. The interns will support park staff and volunteers providing in-person interpretation and customer service efforts during the "peak season" at the park.
The intern will promote a closer relationship between the park and the large visitor community through a wide variety of interpretive and visitor use engagement methods. This includes staffing an outdoor contact station, informal roving in areas of the park with high potential for visitor contact, and through popular formal programming. The intern’s job responsibilities will increase visitor understanding of the organization’s mission which in turn ensures environmental protection of the park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to:
- Work within the Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers division to interpretation and customer service.
- Assist interpretive staff and volunteers at the parks visitor center and outdoor pop-up programs
- Conduct informational/educational-related visitor contacts and site inspections through a variety of methods.
- Research, develop and present formal interpretive talks that have a beneficial effect on visitor understanding and appreciation of the park.
Housing may be provided for this position.
This opportunity is meant to provide knowledge and experience that allow for future success in the field. The interns will gain skills in 21st Century Interpretation, include ACE techniques; customer service; as well as training in safety, diversity, and career-building within the Federal government.
- $500/week paid bi-weekly
- Segal Education award of $3,172.50 to be used towards future education or student loans at completion of term
- $253 for professional development
- Discounted outdoor gear through Outdoor Prolink
- Member Assistance Program– 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
- Non-competitive hiring eligibility through the PLCHA when applying for federal jobs
- Professional Development opportunities