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Interpretation/National Park Service Intern

This position is a shared effort between Kenai Fjords National Park (KFNP) and the Alaska SeaLife Center. Site-specific training will be conducted separately by each organization. For the purposes of the National Park Service, this position is recognized as a non-supervisory Park Guide in interpretation. The fundamental objectives of the activities performed in KFNP position are Resource Education, Resource Protection, and Public Use Management. Under the guidance of the National Park Service and Interpretation staff, the Intern will be trained and expected to perform the following duties:

  • Interpret all of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s static and live animal exhibits housing marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates. Help maintain the physical appearance of manned exhibits and deliver announcements over the public address system.
  • Present briefings, lectures, presentations, multi-media shows, structured and impromptu talks, and guided tours by learning to employ appropriate interpretive techniques and devices geared to the characteristics and interest of particular audiences.
  • Create props and supplies for educational programs and assist with special events.
  • Assist an NPS Park Ranger aboard the Star of the Northwest tour boat as the ranger conducts an interpretive program for the duration of a 5-hour ocean tour. Assist the ranger by demonstrating learned informal interpretive skills about marine wildlife, ecosystems, and environment in support of the ranger’s overall program and theme. Tour boats are subject to rain, cold, long periods of standing, and motion sickness.
  • Deliver the NPS Junior Ranger program on the Star of the Northwest tour boat. Present multiple demonstrations for the children of passengers, focusing on hands-on and interactive lessons about marine wildlife, ecosystems, and the environment.
  • Present daily demonstrations, talks, walks and/or tours to the public for both the ASLC and NPS relevant to the current research projects conducted at the Alaska SeaLife Center and in the Kenai Fjords National Park.