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Native American Dark Skies Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Jensen, Utah

Tracking Code


Position Type


National Park Service – Dinosaur National Monument


Term of positions is 12 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Jensen, UT

Living Allowance:

$600 /week

AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,678 (pre-tax).

Start Date:


Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by 05/27/2022

Title of Position

Native American Dark Skies Intern


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placements (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards, in partnership with the National Park Service, Dinosaur National Monument, are seeking a Native American intern who will help to observe, develop, and practice science communication and citizen science through a multidisciplinary project that combines interpretation/education with dark sky research and preservation efforts at Dinosaur National Monument (DNM). The objective of this project is to hire and train an Indigenous intern to assist in DNM’s natural resource initiatives and for park staff to help intern develop professional skills in conservation and education related fields. This position will provide insight into career opportunities within the federal government and into careers that focus on conservation, education, and resource advocacy. Intern will be overseen by a DNM permanent staff member and will receive individualized training, assistance, and oversight to achieve project goals.


The interpretation/education component of the internship focuses on researching, developing and presenting interpretive and curriculum-based programs that integrate citizen science into the visitor experience. This internship will include participating in the established interpretive schedule of providing visitor services and public programs at the Quarry Visitor Center, Quarry Exhibit Hall, and Campgrounds alongside other interpretive staff. This internship will also include developing new interpretive programs or products that support education and outreach on topics of cultural, ecological, and aesthetic reasons for preserving naturally dark skies. The natural resource monitoring and research component of the internship focuses on data collection of natural darkness around the monument by using handheld Sky Quality meters and assisting other staff in updating the lighting inventory of exterior light fixtures to ensure their compliance with the monument’s Lightscape Management Plan.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Researching, developing, and presenting interpretative and curriculum-based programs to the public
  • Participating in visitor services and public programs alongside other interpretive staff
  • Developing new products or interpretive programs for the preservation of naturally dark skies
  • Assisting with data collection and inventorying of night sky conditions and park lighting


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must possess a strong desire to work with a wide range of public audiences, including children
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or be a registered Sex Offender & must submit to a background screening
  • Must be self-motivated and intellectually curious
  • Must be able to work well both independently and as part of a team environment
  • Must be comfortable working after dark several nights per week
  • Data collection and field experience not required, but willingness to learn on the job is expected.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public speaking or a background in education or interpretation is not required, but openness to try is expected.
  • Strong writing skills and experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Able to hike short to medium distances (up to 2 miles) over easy to moderate terrain.



  • Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,678.00 (pre-tax).
  • Living Allowance: $600/week (pre-tax)
  • Housing provided at no cost to intern
  • Training will be provided in Night Sky initiatives and procedures, data collection, public speaking, and interpretive skills


How to Apply

Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position. Reach out to Sierra Miller at if you have any questions!


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

This position is located in Jensen, UT. View the Google Map in full screen.