Pathways Internship

The Pathways Internship program provides meaningful, hands-on opportunities for students and youth, primarily in the first-tier communities of Hennepin County, to explore the exciting possibilities of a career in parks and recreation.

Three Rivers Park District offers a variety of opportunities through the Pathways Internship program, including Outdoor Education, Recreation, Park Maintenance, Community Engagement and more. Pathways is a paid internship opportunity. 

A pathways intern canoeing with a young boy.

How To Apply

Complete the online application by April 10, 2020. 

Having trouble submitting the application? Contact Mike Tracy.

Deadlines & Important Dates

April 10: Applications due.

April 20-26: Interviews will be conducted.

May 10: Applications due to fill any remaining positions.

May 18-24: Interviews will be conducted for any remaining positions.

June 12: Internship orientation.

Internship Opportunities

Community Engagement

French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

Assist staff in introducing new audiences to nature-based activities. You'll start each work day at French Regional Park, but you will work primarily outside of the park district helping to facilitate activities to audiences of all ages. You will receive training to help lead a variety of recreation activities and will represent Three Rivers at community events, talking with the public about opportunities available through the parks.

Facility Services

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington, MN
French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

Assist and take a leadership role in the various day-to-day operations of a parks and recreation facility. Learn about operating a boat rental, concession sales, reservation groups, aquatic invasive species inspections and social media. The exact projects and responsibilities will be tailored to address your interests and skills and your desire for leadership or special project involvement.

Forestry Operations

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Hanover, MN

Work with Forestry staff to help grow native trees and shrubs for reforestation projects within Three Rivers. You will assist in planting seedlings and saplings in various locations and help out with irrigation, transplanting, mulching, pruning and a variety of other nursery-related projects. 

Golf Operations

Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

Get hands-on experience in golf course management and youth golf instruction and mentoring. You will learn the daily responsibilities of running a golf course and park facility, including daily deposits, food handling, scheduling, lesson and league supervision, and range management.

Human Resources Video Production

Administrative Center, Plymouth MN

Assist Human Resources staff in organizational development by capturing footage, editing and cataloging video for organizational training purposes. Get out and play in the parks, while learning from experts about the equipment and strategy needed to create videos that help staff do their best work. 

Outdoor Education

Eastman Nature Center, Dayton, MN 
Lowry Nature Center, Victoria, MN
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park, MN
Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington, MN

Work at one of Three Rivers' four nature centers, assisting with nature education programs for all ages of visitors. Your main focus will be on summer camp programs, where you'll help naturalists engage and inspire the wonder of nature in children.

Outdoor Recreation

French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

Learn about outdoor recreation programs and the impacts they have in our parks. You will partner with instructors to assist in a variety of outdoor recreation programs across Three Rivers, including fishing, archery, paddling and other activities.

More Information

Have questions? Contact Mike Tracy by email or phone at 763-694-7641.

Other Opportunities

Three Rivers offers tons of opportunities for teens to get involved, including volunteer programs, jobs and internships, and job shadowing.