Science Communication Assistant

Science Communication Assistant

Website Olympic National Park

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

**All Mosaics in Science interns are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination**

Stipend: $600/week + housing

Start Date: 05/16/2022

End Date: 10/03/2022

Project Description:
Working in and around the Kalaloch area of Olympic National Park under the Division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers, primary emphasis for this internship will be placed on science communication that highlights research conducted by park scientists in the Division of Resources Management. The intern will develop and present at least two interpretive programs or products to visitor audiences on multiple occasions throughout the busy summer season. The intern will have opportunities to work closely with field scientists and resource interpreters to obtain primary and secondary research data concerning the health of intertidal communities and near-shore marine ecosystems. The intern will communicate to the public how vital signs revealed through the parks inventory and monitoring (I&M) programs are valuable indicators of ecosystem health.

The intern will gain a basic understanding of the National Park Service (NPS) organizational structure, and of current professional standards concerning the NPS Foundations of Interpretation, including audience-centered engagement (ACE) strategies and dialogic techniques. One area of focus will be learning to work in a team setting with park rangers/interpreters in a dynamic park operation. The intern will understand and help implement scientific protocols used by park scientists and resource managers for the long-term I&M program. The intern will use hard science data in an interpretive context, both as a training tool for interpretation and education staff, and for public consumption. The project will support the overall goal of communicating science to the public in an effort to bring awareness to important natural resource issues.

(a) Degree and/or experience in environmental science, geography, geology, marine biology, oceanography, or related disciplines; (b) awareness of resource interpretation methods and goals, particularly for the National Park Service; (c) familiarity with Microsoft Office productivity software and applications.

A personal vehicle is recommended but not required for this position. Applicant must have a valid drivers license and a good driving record. If the intern is required to drive a government-owned vehicle (GOV) for their position, a driving records search may be performed, and the intern’s ability to operate a GOV during work hours will be contingent upon the results.

Interns should be willing to live and work in remote and/or field settings at Olympic National Park which include which include wet, slippery intertidal zones; sandy beaches; and, unpredictable weather that can be be windy, rainy, sunny, and cold—all in one day.

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