Three Rivers Park District

Pathways Internship

Expiring today

Various Park District Locations, Minnesota
$9.50 - $16.96 Hourly
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Job Type

To work with Park District staff to gain professional experience and explore a potential career in parks and recreation. This position will provide opportunities to gain valuable on-the-job skills, develop professional networks, and prepare for meaningful careers in parks, recreation, and local government.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Gale Woods Farm: Minnetrista, MN

The Pathways Intern at Gale Woods will have the opportunity to assist with farm education programs for all ages of visitors. These programs give people the opportunity to experience life on a working and learn about where their food comes from. The intern will also work in the gardens and help with the care of feeding of our livestock including chickens, sheep, pigs and cattle. 

Human Resources: Plymouth, MN

The Human Resources Pathways Intern will work at the park district Administrative Center in Plymouth. This intern will have an opportunity to get real life experience in public sector Human Resources. The intern will get be actively involved in recruitment and staffing, employee onboarding, and other various human resource areas. 

Maintenance: Bloomington, MN

The interns in these positions will work alongside the Maintenance Team at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington. Maintenance staff are responsible for a variety of landscape, grounds, equipment, and facility upkeep and repair. Interns will learn how to operate equipment safely and will be part of a team that makes the parks clean, safe, and welcoming to the public. 

Marketing & Community Engagement: Plymouth, MN

The community engagement department takes park activities on-the-go to introduce new audiences to nature-based activities. Interns in this role will start each work day at French Regional Park, but will work primarily outside of the park district helping to facilitate brief activities to audiences of all ages. They will also receive training in the art of puppetry and will facilitate a few nature-themed puppet shows throughout the summer. Community Engagement interns may assist with the development of new teen engagement opportunities within the park district and will support marketing efforts by helping to capture and document the summer's community engagement efforts. 

Natural Resources: Plymouth, MN

Our National Resource Management team is based out of French Park in Plymouth, though staff work throughout the park district. Responsibilities will vary as the Natural Resources Intern rotates between each of four sections: Forestry, Horticulture, Water Resources, and Wildlife. Intern will assist with a variety of natural resources work, to include, but not limited to: vegetation and animal surveys, landscape plantings, forest and prairie restoration efforts, and water sampling. Work will be mostly outdoors and may require vigorous physical activity. A positive attitude, a teamwork mentality, a commitment to work hard, and a willingness to learn are critical skills for this internship. 

Outdoor Education Nature Centers--multiple locations

Coon Rapids Dam; Brooklyn Park, MN
Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek Park Reserve; Maple Grove, MN Lowry Nature Center at Carver Park Reserve; Victoria, MN
Richardson Nature Center at Hyland Lake Park Reserve; Bloomington, MN

The Pathways Interns based at one of four Three Rivers Parks' nature centers will have the opportunity to assist with nature education programs for all ages of visitors. Focus will be placed on the summer camp programs. The intern will help the naturalists to engage and inspire wonder of nature in children. 

Outdoor Recreation: Plymouth, MN

The Outdoor Recreation School is based out of French Regional Park, but the Pathways Intern will be at park locations across the park district. Interns will spend time learning about outdoor recreation programs and the impacts they have in our parks. Interns will partner with a variety of instructors to assist in a variety of outdoor programs, including: fishing, archery, paddling, and other activities. 


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Must be enrolled in high school or post-secondary education institution.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: General knowledge of personal computers and software programs used within the Park District. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Park District personnel.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Ability to read and interpret documents such as procedure manuals.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform basic mathematical functions using whole numbers and fractions to calculate means, proportions and percentages.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, to manipulate computer keyboards, office equipment, and material. The employee frequently is required to talk, hear and speak. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Selection Procedure

A fully completed Three Rivers Park District Online Application must be received by Human Resources by the closing date and time listed on the job posting.  Any materials received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of relevant experience and training. The top group of applicants will be invited to participate in further job screening.
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a background investigation including a criminal history search. Costs of the background will be paid for by Three Rivers Park District.

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