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NPS- Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Shenandoah National Park-South District

April 8


Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Luray, VA 22835 United States
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Salary / Wage Information

National Park Service – HPTC Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Shenandoah National Park-South District

Length: Term of position is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Location: Luray, VA
Living Allowance: $520/wk + $200/wk housing allowance (equivalent to $18/hr)(pre-tax)
Start Date: 5/20/2024
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by 4/15/2024
Title of Position HPTC Water Lab & Utility Shop Intern – Shenandoah National Park-South District

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.

This role provides an overview experience of the Facility Maintenance division of Shenandoah National Park-South District. The Water Lab & Utilities Shop Intern will work independently and/or as part of a small team on water/wastewater operations and maintenance on systems parkwide. In addition to performing these tasks, the intern will engage in a wide breadth of professional development opportunities.

The position will receive clear cut assignments from the mentor/supervisor in the form of written and oral instructions.  Assignments are always received with accompanying instructions concerning the work methods to be used.  Problems are reported to a higher-graded worker or supervisor.

Work is both indoors and outdoors where the Steward may be subject to prevailing weather conditions.  The intern follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment such as face shields, gloves, hard-toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing that may be uncomfortable to wear.  The intern is required to attend and participate in safety meetings and trainings and review safety regulations and policies prior to using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of the lead operator or supervisor, treatment processes in accordance with test results and volume of sewage to achieve the effluent requirements of the discharge permits.
  • Collect water samples and perform water testing in accordance with Standard Methods and State Requirements.
  • Assist with wastewater system maintenance and pumping operations.
  • Assist with repairs to the exterior and interior facilities, including painting, plumbing and electrical.
  • General grounds maintenance as required.
  • Record water and wastewater data (e.g., meter readings) on local, state, and federal forms.
  • Perform minor repair to plumbing and chemical feed systems.
  • Conduct routine system checks and monitor chlorine residuals.
  • Perform general maintenance and cleanup to pumphouses, treatment plants, laboratory, and vehicles.
  • Analyze water results and make corrections to treatment processes.
  • Complete hard copy and electronic paperwork, forms, and data-entry; compile and review information and create draft reports.
  • Job shadow other employees and work groups to gain exposure to other career paths and facets of park operations.
  • Assist Supervisor and other administrative staff with tasks such as data collection and contract monitoring, fleet management, and supply inventory and monitoring.
  • Preparing documents and reports using tablets, GIS, data management and word processing software.
  • Engage with park staff and visitors in housing, administrative and public use areas such as campgrounds during performance of duties.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Moderate to heavy physical effort is required for this position, including, lifting, or handling of objects over 50lbs using proper techniques.
  • Standing or kneeling for long periods and will be required to climb ladders, work from scaffolding or platforms, work on uneven or angled surfaces such as a roof, and/or be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 18-30 years of age, maximum 35 for Veterans with DD-214
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Possible exposure to pathogenic organisms found in wastewater. Complete PPE will be provided.


  • $520/wk + $200/wk housing allowance (equivalent to $18/hr)(pre-tax)
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award- $3,697.50 (requires completion of entire internship)
  • Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority
  • Park Housing Available
  • Training and Mentorship as it relates to position include:
    • OSHA 1910 & 1926, Operational Leadership, Water, Wastewater & Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, vehicle operation, Job Hazard Analysis, tailgate safety meetings, seasonal orientation, first aid/CPR, park operations.
  • Safety training (vehicle, trailer, situational awareness, power tools, etc.)

How to Apply
Please be prepared to submit a resume as part of your application.

Gwennan Richmond-Stewards Program Coordinator




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.