Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Basic information

  • Organization: National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Department(s):
  • Duration: Internships usually last for eight to twelve weeks, with the intern working five 8-hour days per week.
  • Paid? yes
  • Deadline: March 1, 2015

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in northern Michigan offers summer internships in many areas of environmental studies.

Natural Resource Management
Wildlife Interns work with critically endangered
piping plovers, conduct, data collection, monitoring
established transects/plots, drafting reports and assisting
with other wildlife related survey and monitoring
activities. The intern will also assist with GPS data
collection and management for the park's GIS program.
Plants Interns work on controlling invasive plant
species, site restoration, re-vegetation, data collection
from established monitoring transects/plots, and assist
with vegetation surveys. The intern will also assist with
GPS data collection and management for the park's GIS
Water Quality interns collect and analyze water
quality, sediment, and biological samples from inland
lakes and streams. They may also assist in monitoring
and protecting targeted aquatic species, fish surveys,
aquatic invasive surveys, and other resource
management projects.
Park Ranger
Interpretation Interns research and present programs
to park visitors on the natural and cultural resources of
the park and develop educational curricula and exhibits.
They will also assist presenting special events for park
visitors; Junior Ranger Day, Glen Haven Days and the
Port Oneida Fair.
Protection Interns are stationed mainly on the
Manitou Islands. They patrol campgrounds and trails,
orient visitors and issue backcountry permits, assist with
wildland fire prevention, clear trails and remove exotic
vegetation, monitor threatened and endangered species,
and provide interpretive talks.
Facility Management
Facility Management interns will assist with field
condition assessments of park trails, roads, grounds,
buildings and utilities and assist in updating and
maintaining the NPS facility management and cost
estimating computer software systems
Cultural Resource Management
Historian Researches libraries and archives for historical
information relating to the Lakeshore and locates other
sources of information. Assists with the park's oral history
projects and development of national register nominations
for park historic sites
Museum Technician Assists with storage, organizing,
collections storage and exhibit facilities, assists with the
management of the park archives.
Historic/Landscape Architect Assists with documenting
existing conditions of park historic architecture and
cultural landscapes, assists in drafting and developing
design plans for the rehabilitation and preservation of
historic buildings and cultural landscapes.
Paraprofessional Archeologist Assists in testing of
ground sites for potential archeological sites, monitor
known sites, research potential archeological sites.
Horticulturalist - Assists in identification of heritage plant
species for cultural landscape inventory reports and
facility management programs. Assist in developing
planting plans for historic sites and participate in the
restoration of cultural landscape features within those
historic sites.


All intern positions will receive a $20.00 per day stipend, some uniform items and park housing may be available but pets are not allowed in housing.


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Sunday March 1, 2015.

To apply for an internship, please mail (hard-copy) a cover
letter that details which internship opportunity you are
applying for, and how your knowledge skills and abilities
relate. Also include a résumé with contact information for
at least two references, a copy of academic transcripts, and
a letter of recommendation from a college advisor or
Want to apply to multiple opportunities: You need only
submit a single application package. In your cover letter,
list the positions to which you wish to apply and
specifically address how your knowledge skills and
abilities relate to each.
Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore website at:
Or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:
Applications received by March 1, 2015 will receive earliest
Mail applications to:
Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore
ATTN: Intern Program
9922 Front Street
Empire, MI 49630

Questions / contact

  • Name: Matt Mohrman, Volunteer Coordinator, Sleeping Bear Dunes NL, Empire, MI 49630,
  • Phone: (616) ph. 231.326.4729

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