Job Type: Paid Internship
Salary Details: $9,860 stipend, prorated monthly
Deadline: May 15, 2023
Service Dates: June – October 2023
Length of Term: 17 Weeks (minimum of 1360 hours)

Summary: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is recruiting 1-2 Interpretation Rangers beginning in early June and serving through September or October. Interns will be trained and offer interpretive walks, talks, social media posts, and guided tours of a historic ranch. They will also work at the visitor center helping the public plan their visit to the three site units and encouraging safe discoveries and experiences during their stay.

About Northwest Youth Corps (NYC): Northwest Youth Corps was created in 1984 to offer teenagers and young adults an education-based, work experience modeled after the historic Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s. Today, we serve over 1,000 youth and young adults each year across a four-state region who restore critical habitat, build trails, lead volunteers, educate youth, and respond to local and national disasters.

Duties and Responsibilities: 15% of the intern’s time will be training (classroom and on-the-job). 65% of their time will be at the Visitor Center where duties include general orientation and information for visitors, assisting with the Junior Ranger program as well as providing interpretive pop-up/patio talks. 10% of work will be assisting with education programs (on site and virtual). 10% of their time will be producing social media (posts, video clips, etc.).

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ability to work outdoors in remote settings during high temperatures, wind and on uneven ground.
  • Willingness to work as part of a positive and collaborative team.
  • Public speaking skills, high quality customer service skills, and IT skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Willingness to submit to a government background check.
  • Current valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • A passion for sharing the park and its resources with the public.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience in presenting informational or educational talks to the public.
  • Experience teaching and/or leading youth, conservation, reforestation and/or outdoor rec skills.
  • Ability to absorb and apply a great deal of information quickly and accurately.

Duty Location: Duties are performed within John Day Fossil Beds National Monument’s three units located near Kimberly, OR 97848.

Terms of Employment: Interns will complete a term of service starting in early June through September or October (subject to intern availability) The member must complete a minimum of 1360 service hours by the end of their term. The member will receive a 30-minute lunch each day and this lunch break does not count towards intern service hours.

Program Benefits:

  • Interns will earn $9,680 prorated monthly throughout the 17-week term of service.

How to apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references and completely fill out the application form found at Please select “John Day Fossil Beds Interpretation Park Ranger Internship” when applying.