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Bilingual Water Safety Intern

Conservation Begins Here.


Bilingual Water Safety Intern


Program Dates: 5/19/24 - 8/10/24  

About us:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, community green spaces, and much more across the country.

Program Description:

Intern leads informal interpretation to educate the public about Water Safety and Leave No Trace. In the past ten years Gateway NRA has had more than 20 visitor related drownings park–wide, however the program over the past five years has helped to reduce that number to zero on the bay beaches in the park.  Interns educate visitors in both English and Spanish about the dangers of swimming in non-guarded beaches and how to recognize characteristics of water depth, changes in currents & tides, and man-made hazards in the water.  Interns will provide instruction to visitors about what to do when encountering danger in the water and how to get help. Interns promote and educate the public about Water Safety and Leave No Trace through photos and videos to be posted on park social media forums and the park website.

The intern will assist the park rangers with all water-based programs and events, such as canoeing, seining, Junior Ranger programs, Latino Conservation Weekend and World Oceans Day. The park intern is responsible for documenting visitor contacts daily and provide a season-end program report to the supervisor.  Interns are required to use a bicycle to travel within the park. This position is supervised by the Division of Interpretation and the Park Unit Manager.

The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway NRA is located on the northern most tip of the Jersey Shore at the entrance of New York Harbor.  The closest shopping is located six miles from the park in Highlands, NJ.  Because of Sandy Hook's proximity to New York City and the Jersey Shore you will an opportunity to visit and experience a variety of museums, national parks, state parks and cultural institutions.

Housing is provided on site in dormitory-style, single occupancy rooms with shared common spaces, bathrooms and kitchen stations.
Member Benefits:

  • $600 - weekly living allowance
  • $650 – roundtrip travel allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible - education award of approximately $1,824 upon successful completion of position and service of 450 hours or more
  • Partner provided housing
  • Hours served can be applied toward the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes*

Member Qualifications:

  • Driver’s license
  • Personal vehicle recommended


Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member. This includes:

  • Being a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States;
  • Being at least 18 years or older;
  • Having a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Being willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks.