Mineral County Miner | Great Sand Dunes Begins Recruitment for 2022 Conservation Internship Program

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GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK – The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is actively recruiting young adults interested in a career with a federal land agency for this year’s Conservation Internship Program.

The Internship Program seeks young adults from San Luis Valley communities to work at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to learn skills, contribute to meaningful park projects, and create experiences that will make them marketable in a quarry with a public land agency.

Since the program launched in the summer of 2019, the park has hired 15 interns to support resource management projects, work alongside rangers in the visitor center, and carry out important facility management projects. The program is administered in partnership with Conservation Legacy, an organization committed to fostering conservation services in support of communities and ecosystems.

This year, the park will offer several internships in collaboration with the interpretation and visitor services program.

The Park will select candidates for the following opportunities:

  • Two 12-week (3-month) internships, starting in mid-May and ending in mid-August, receiving a weekly stipend of $520. This internship is ideal for a recent high school graduate or a student seeking a degree. Interns will provide customer service at the Visitor Center, connect with visitors on park trails, and assist with event planning and social media posts.
  • A 26-week (6-month) internship, from mid-April to mid-October, receiving a weekly stipend of $634. This internship is ideal for current students or university graduates. The intern will provide support to the park’s educational program through field trips or distance learning programs and other youth engagement activities. The intern will also provide customer service at the Visitor Center, connect with visitors on park trails, and assist with event planning and social media posts.

At the end of the program, trainees will receive an educational reward, varying in amounts and depending on the length of their tenure. The park will cover uniform and training costs.

The intern who completes a term of 18 weeks or more will also be eligible for direct hire authorization. The Direct Hire Authority allows students who excel in their internships and meet any other job-specific education or training requirements to be hired without competition into permanent positions with the National Park Service and other selected Home Office offices for which they are qualified.

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