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NPS –Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Gateway National Recreation Area


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Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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National Park Service – HPTC Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Gateway National Recreation Area-Sandy Hook NJ


Term of position is 52 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Sandy Hook, NJ

Living Allowance:

$520/wk + $200/wk housing allowance (equivalent to $18/hr)(pre-tax)

Start Date:


Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by 4/1/2024

Title of Position

HPTC Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Gateway National Recreation Area-Sandy Hook, NJ



Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (STE) 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.

This role provides an overview experience of the Facility Maintenance division of Gateway National Recreation Area. The Water Lab & Utilities Shop Intern will work independently and/or as part of a small team on water/wastewater operations and maintenance on systems parkwide. In addition to performing these tasks, the intern will engage in a wide breadth of professional development opportunities.


The position will receive clear cut assignments from the mentor/supervisor in the form of written and oral instructions.  Assignments are always received with accompanying instructions concerning the work methods to be used.  Problems are reported to a higher-graded worker or supervisor.  


Work is both indoors and outdoors where the Steward may be subject to prevailing weather conditions.  The intern follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment such as face shields, gloves, hard-toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing that may be uncomfortable to wear.  The intern is required to attend and participate in safety meetings and trainings and review safety regulations and policies prior to using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Position Responsibilities will include:


  • Operating light trucks and other vehicles to access systems and move supplies and materials.
  • Collect water samples and perform water testing in accordance with Standard Methods and State Requirements.
  • Record water and wastewater data (e.g., meter readings) on local, state, and federal forms.
  • Perform minor repair to plumbing and chemical feed systems.
  • Conduct routine system checks and monitor chlorine residuals.
  • Perform general maintenance and cleanup to pumphouses, treatment plants, laboratory, and vehicles.
  • Analyze water results and make corrections to treatment processes.
  • Assist with wastewater system maintenance and pumping operations.
  • Complete hard copy and electronic paperwork, forms, and data-entry; compile and review information and create draft reports.
  • Job shadow other employees and work groups to gain exposure to other career paths and facets of park operations.
  • Assist Supervisor and other administrative staff with tasks such as data collection and contract monitoring, fleet management, and supply inventory and monitoring.
  • Preparing documents and reports using tablets, GIS, data management and word processing software.  


Minimum Requirements:

  • Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including, lifting, or handling of objects over 50lbs using proper techniques.
  • Standing or kneeling for long periods and will be required to climb ladders, work from scaffolding or platforms, work on uneven or angled surfaces such as a roof, and/or be able to work in confined spaces. 
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 18-30 years of age, maximum 35 for Veterans with DD-214
  • Valid Driver’s License 
  • Ability to attend training courses either in person or online as a license requirement



  • $520/wk + $200/wk housing allowance (equivalent to $18/hr)(pre-tax)
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award- $7,395.00 (requires completion of entire internship) 
  • Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority 
  • Park Housing Available
  • Training and Mentorship as it relates to position include:
    • OSHA 1910 & 1926, Operational Leadership, Water, Wastewater & Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, vehicle operation, Job Hazard Analysis, tailgate safety meetings, seasonal orientation, first aid/CPR, park operations.
  • Safety training (vehicle, trailer, situational awareness, power tools, etc.)



How to Apply
Please be prepared to submit a resume as part of your application.

Gwennan Richmond-Stewards Program Coordinator


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 Sandy Hook, NJ. View the Google Map in full screen.