Student Conservation Association Interpretation and Photo Management Intern in Arlington, Virginia

Interpretation and Photo Management Intern

Expected Dates

April 29, 2019toAugust 18, 2019


Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Position ID


Join us in working in America’s largest national park! With provided training, you will research, prepare, and present formal and informal interpretive programs including talks and guided walks. An additional, smaller aspect of the internship will be managing the park photo collection. You will be working in the Interpretation Division of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve at the Copper Center Visitor Center. You will work at a visitor center desk to provide assistance with trip planning and orientation for park visitors, provide wilderness trip planning, answer phones, and introduce the park film. You may conduct roving interpretation in the Copper Center area, Nabesna Road and Slana area and on park trails.Highly qualified applicants should have good public speaking, writing and research skills, and have a friendly and cheerful personality in order to work well with the public. You must have the ability to receive instructions and work independently. You must be willing to live in a remote area with minimal amenities, and be able to live in rustic housing with a roommate.Compensation Includes:

  • $1,300 - one time RT travel allowance

  • $280 - weekly living allowance

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxesApplicants with an interest in the field of Interpretation or Education within the National Park Service will be given preference.This position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

  • Location Description

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is one of America’s greatest treasures. At over 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest unit in the National Park System and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you have an opportunity to experience wilderness on a scale above and beyond anything you may be used to. Mountains, massive glaciers, ice-fed rivers, wildlife, and intact ecosystems function as they have for millennia. Access and services here are very limited when compared to other traditional national parks. What the area lacks in services, it makes up for with un-crowded wilderness. The best options for getting into the park are flying and driving. There are two gravel roads that lead into the park. The SCA intern will be assigned to the Copper Center area of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, in Copper Center, AK, which is at the park’s headquarters in Copper Center, AK. The visitor center includes visitor information, trip planning assistance, bookstore, television “theater” and offices. Visitors and staff alike are minutes away from hiking trails and backcountry wilderness. This duty station is along the Alaska Highway system. Park web site:

  • Training Provided

Two weeks of interpretive training that include interpretive skills, cultural and natural resources, on-site logistics, and field trips to other districts within the park. Other training may include backcountry skills, bear safety and CPR/First Aid.

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Opportunities may include working with other divisions, access to the backcountry, full-day roves, river & hiking trips on work time, and orientation over-flights. There are opportunities to hike and explore with coworkers on weekends.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Education and Interpretation

Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience


some coursework or experience

Earth Sciences

some coursework or experience


some coursework or experience

Customer Service

competent without supervision

Social Media

competent without supervision

Money Handling

competent without supervision


competent without supervision

Public Speaking

competent without supervision

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible

Not Eligible

Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?


SCA interns will be in shared housing with roommates. Shared housing means that you cannot bring a spouse, partner, or pets. Park housing for SCA interns is located in Glennallen about 12 miles from the work site (Copper Center) or on-site about 1/4 mile from the Copper Center Visitor Center. A bicycle will be provided and a vehicle may be provided to commute from Glennallen. You will possibly share with one other same-sex roommate a small, one-room cabin, with propane heat & lights and electricity. Interns share a separate common area with several other co-workers. This common area has electricity, kitchen, washer/dryer, and bathroom facilities. There is a landline phone located in the housing area for emergency and local calls. Calling cards must be used for long distance calls. Cell phone coverage is either really reliable or non-existent, depending on your carrier. Internet is not provided, but there may be options for purchasing public wifi. Seasonal housing quarters are considered to be very rustic living conditions, in a secluded area. There is not a lot of privacy. You must be able to adapt to these types of living conditions.

Certification Requirements

CPR/First Aid



US Citizenship