Are you interested in an internship with RCPD?

The Richland County Park District provides paid and unpaid winter and summer internships to high school and college students who are interested in the environmental science field and have shown initiative in helping achieve the missions and goals of the park district. RCPD offers hands on opportunities for two students to grow towards career goals in the environmental science field each year in either Environmental Education and Public Relations or Natural Resource Management.

Each internship has a specific area of focus with overlap between them. In addition to daily responsibilities, interns will have opportunities to pursue special interest projects. Past examples include, maintaining the RCPD intern blog or surveying, monitoring, and mapping flora and fauna species. Interns will also be provided with ample educational opportunities for professional development and networking by attending conferences and field trips across the state of Ohio to further their knowledge in Ohio Natural History.  

Check out the Gorman Nature Center Intern Blog Spot to see the amazing work of our past interns!

Education and Public Relations

This internship focuses on building education and public relation skills through educational planning, animal embassador care and handling, outreach, and creating press releases. Interns will work closely with staff to develop and implement programming. Growing interpersonal skills through efficient communication will be key components of this internship as interns learn to engage the public building community relationships.

     For full internship description please click here.


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Natural Resource intern Andrew Hunt removes invasive Glossy Buckthorn.
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RCPD staff and interns summer 2016 reptile monitoring on South Bass Island.

Natural Resource Management

This internship focuses on building students knowledge in resource management principals and practices through stewardship projects including invasive species removal, restoration, and ehancement; floral and fauna surveying, inventorying, monitoring, and mapping; and GIS technology integration. Interns will work closely with staff maintaing RCPD park properties and building identification skills in native versus non-native invasive species. Effective communication is a must. Interns will be expected to serve as RCPD ambassadors engaging the public helping foster good community public relations.

     For full internship description please click here.

About Our Parks

Our parks and staff are dedicated to education, enjoyment and preservation of Richland County's natural areas and inhabitants. Our goal is pursued by preserving natural areas for people to experience, and by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the rich diversity of life and habitats in our county.

Our Location

Gorman Nature Center
2295 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44907

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Closed Sunday-Monday and Federal Holidays. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.)

419-884-FROG (3764)

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