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NPS - Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Interpretative Center) - Interpretative Intern


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

9386 ND-23, New Town, North Dakota

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National Park Service – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail – Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Interpretive Center


Term of positions is 8 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk

(1 position available)


New Town, North Dakota, 58763

Living Allowance:

$530 Weekly Living Stipend

$200 Additional Benefit

AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,459.26 (pre-tax).

Start Date/End Date:

08/12/2024 - TBA (Start/End Date Flexibility) 

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Title of Position:

 Interpretive Intern

Reports To:

Zane Baker, Collections Manager


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.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan Historic Site are part of North Dakota State Historical Society and is connected to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. This interpretive center has actively worked to create space and interpretive programming on the inclusive history and culture of the Lewis and Clark story in North Dakota through exhibits, displays, living history and special events. This intern program, sponsored by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, is designed to help with the interpretation and history of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan Historic Site. This will be accomplished by learning the history and culture displayed in the center exhibits, panels, education material, mentorship, and other pertinent information to educate and inspire visitors to Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan State Historic Site and its connection to the story of Lewis and Clark.

The intern will also engage with the Lewis and Clark Trail team on a monthly basis to make connections and bridge communications.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was designated by Congress to commemorate the 1803 to 1806 Corps of Discovery expedition. Working with partners like the ND Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan Historic Site, there is a shared identity for preservation of historic, cultural, and natural resources associated with the region, tribal partners and the expedition in U.S. and tribal history. This epic journey contributed significant scientific knowledge and profound political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental changes to the peoples and landscapes of the North American continent.

This internship position will work with MHA Interpretive Center to interpret the history, culture and preservation of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and partner sites history and culture. The work will involve giving talks, interpreting natural and historic features, answering questions, guiding tours, and providing miscellaneous services to visitors, some outreach and connecting partnerships with the trail and host sites.

[This internship position will be based at the MHA Interpretive centers but plans to work with other strongly cultural related departments like Culture and Language as well as the Tribal Historic preservation office. The work will provide a diverse and well understanding of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nation. Working on an oral history project, learning tours, and being acquainted with what it takes to run a collection and everything in between]


Position Responsibilities will include:

·       Interpreting the history, culture, and information pertaining to Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Interpretive Center

·       Practicing and teaching safety awareness for MHA Interpretive Center

·       Public Speaking

·       Research/Data Entry

·       Additional duties assigned by the site


Minimum Requirements:

·       One year of college

·       Possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to safely operate a vehicle.

·       The ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal format.

·       The ability to work with a team and coordinate activities with other team members.


 Preferred Qualifications:

·       Local - Individual within 20miles of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Interpretive Center

·       Language Diversity

·       Bachelors’ Degree in related field

·       CPR and First Aid Certification



Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,459.26 (pre-tax).

·       Living Allowance: $530/week (pre-tax)

·       Additional Benefit: $200/week pre-tax (No On-Site Housing)

·       $320 in Professional Development Funds


Substance Free: 
In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. 

Additional Notes: 

All applicants must pass a criminal background and motor vehicle background check prior to hiring. 

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.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact: 

Kahla Stewart

Program Coordinator

Stewards Individual Placements

(423) 402-6004


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 at 9386 ND-23, New Town, ND. View the Google Map in full screen.