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Interns, Volunteers, Paid Positions

The majority of National Park Service (NPS) libraries are small collections primarily targeted to staff and overseen by individuals without professional library training who juggle library responsibilities with many other duties.  Permanent, paid, professional librarian positions in the NPS are seldom available due to funding constraints, absence of mandates relating to libraries, and many competing agency priorities.  As such, park libraries rely heavily on volunteers. 

Those interested in doing a library internship or volunteering at a park library in the NPS Intermountain Region (IMR) or the NPS Pacific West Region (PWR), are invited to contact the appropriate regional librarian listed below.   The IMR and the PWR are the sole regions (out of seven total) with professionally managed regional library programs, and, thus the only regional offices in a position to coordinate and support internships and volunteer positions in park libraries.

Pacific-West Region:
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Nancy Hori, Head Librarian
National Park Service
Pacific West Regional Library
168 South Jackson St., Ste. 315
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 220-4154 (voice)
nancy_hori@nps.gov

Intermountain West Region:
Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Utah

Carol Simpson, Librarian
National Park Service
Denver Service Center
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80228
(303) 969-2534 (voice)
(303) 969-2557 (fax)
carol_simpson@nps.gov

Parks with plans for specific library projects requiring the assistance of volunteers will post announcements on the NPS Volunteers In Parks (VIP) page on NPS.gov at > http://www.nps.gov/volunteer/.  Individual parks (not limited to IMR and PWR) may also be contacted directly to inquire about library opportunities.  To search for parks by name, state or subject, go back to the NPS Library Information Center homepage and click the 'park' button on the upper right hand corner, which will take you to the ‘Find a Park’ page at NPS.gov, or simply click the following URL to go directly to the page  >  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Internship positions for library school students are generally limited to those sites with fulltime, professional librarians on staff.  Work-Study positions can sometimes be arranged, according to proximity of colleges or universities to NPS units and availability of funding.  However, these opportunities may be limited to NPS sites with fulltime, professional library staff, as well.  As vacancies or new positions for paid librarians or library technicians become available, job announcements will be posted to USAJOBS (http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/). 

 

 

 

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