Pathways Internship

Are you interested in learning more about careers in the outdoors?  

Pathways is a paid internship program offered by Three Rivers Park District that provides youth and young adults, particularly those facing barriers to employment, hands-on experiences to explore a career in parks and recreation.

Our internship opportunities are limited this year and we are accepting applications until all positions are filled. We encourage anyone interested in these opportunities to apply as soon as possible.

Browse all internship opportunities below or find what fits your interests:

A pathways intern canoeing with a young boy.

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Pathways Internship Program. The application period for 2021 has closed, but please check out other opportunities at Three Rivers such as seasonal employment or volunteer work.

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Pathways Into the Parks

By: Harshita Somani

August 10, 2021

The Pathways Internship program introduces teenagers to various roles throughout Three Rivers Park District, giving them an opportunity to explore different career paths. Follow along with Harshita Somani, the 2021 marketing intern, as she relays her experience in the program this summer.

Outdoor Education Internships

Our education opportunities include working at one of our Nature Centers or other programming sites where you will help staff deliver high quality, outdoor education and recreation programs to students and the public.

Outdoor Education Internships

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park, MN

As an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway, you will get hands-on experience at a nature center. Work with professional naturalists to lead educational programs in the park and in the community. Assist with summer day camp programs for elementary-aged kids. Programs will focus on both outdoor recreation and nature education, such as archery, biking, macroinvertebrates in the Mississippi River and birding.

Baker Outdoor Learning Center, Maple Plain, MN

As an Outdoor Education Intern at the Baker Outdoor Learning Center, you will assist naturalist staff with archery, canoeing, fire-making, geocaching and other outdoor education programs. Focus will be on summer camps. The BOLC offers both day and overnight summer camps for youth ages 10-15 and also offers family camps. You will assist camp staff where you will engage and inspire youth in the outdoors (and have fun!).

Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove, MN
Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington, MN

Outdoor Education Interns at Three Rivers nature centers will assist with nature education programs for visitors of all ages. Focus will be placed on the summer camp programs, where you will help the naturalists engage and inspire the wonder of nature in children.

Outdoor Recreation Internship

French Regional Park, Plymouth MN

The Outdoor Recreation School (ORS) is based at French Regional Park and offers outdoor recreation programs for visitors of all ages throughout Three Rivers. We inspire a love of the outdoors through active recreation activities like paddling, archery, fishing, summer camps for youth, adapted recreation and much more. ORS interns will work approximately 20 hours per week and will have a chance to choose programs that meet their interests at park locations that are convenient.  

Maintenance Internship

Our maintenance opportunity allows you learn what goes into keeping our parks and facilities looking beautiful. This hands-on experience is exclusively located in the South Metro.

Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington, MN

As the Maintenance Intern, you will help will seasonal maintenance items of the ski hill grounds, lifts and equipment. This will include but not be limited to lawncare, landscaping, use of hand and power tools, routine equipment operation and maintenance, lift maintenance assistance, carpentry and landscape projects. You will also help in the day-to-day maintenance responsibilities of summertime events. This includes site prep and cleanup along with maintaining the facilities in a clean, safe and sanitary manner.

Park Operations Internships

Our park operations opportunities include working at one of our park locations to help provide a great experience for our guests. These opportunities could include working at one our visitor center locations or golf courses.

Silverwood Park Internship

Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, MN

As the Silverwood Park Intern, you will have the opportunity to build experience in several areas of the day-to-day operation of a park. You will assist with food and drink preparation in our café, boat rentals on the lake and various art and nature programs and events hosted by Silverwood throughout the summer.

Facilities Services Internships

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

Facility Services Interns will assist and take a leadership role in the various day-to-day operations of a parks and recreation facility. Tasks will primarily be related to the operation of 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 the level of desire you have for leadership or special project involvement.

Enterprise Operations Internships

Baker National Golf Course, Maple Plain, MN
Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center, Plymouth, MN

As an Enterprise Operations Intern at Baker National or Eagle Lake, you will gain hands-on experience in golf course management, as well youth golf instruction and mentoring. You will learn the daily responsibilities of running a golf course, including daily deposits, food handling, scheduling, lesson and league supervision and range management.

Events, Marketing & Outreach Internships

Our events, marketing and outreach interns will work side-by-side with our staff to help market and promote Three Rivers. 

Community Engagement Internship    

French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

As the Community Engagement Intern you will assist staff in introducing new audiences to camping, biking and other nature-based activities. Interns in this role will start each work day at French Regional Park, but will work primarily at other park locations and even outside of the Park District helping to facilitate activities to audiences of all ages. Interns will receive training to help lead a variety of recreation activities, will help with gear maintenance and management, and will also represent Three Rivers at community events talking with the public about opportunities available through the parks.

Marketing Internship     

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

The Three Rivers Marketing internship is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a collaborative, fun and engaging group. This role will assist with the implementation of website strategy and updates as well as the development of blog and social media content. The marketing intern may also assist with writing digital and print pieces, brainstorming and building marketing campaigns and much more. As part of the Marketing crew, you’ll be invited to join Marketing team meetings and experiences to learn more about this exciting and creative world.

Guest Services Internship  

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

The Guest Services Intern will get a wide variety of experience as the Guest Services department provides support to the entire organization. This internship will cover things like taking facility reservations and sharing information about our lessons, programs and park offerings. Attending community events to educate the public and who we are and what we have to offer as a park district and working with our event sales and events and sponsorship team to help plan and execute events at out featured facility and races and events that we host within Three Rivers. This internship will be supervised by the Guest Services & Events Manager. 

Event Sales Internship     

Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington, MN

The Event Sales Intern will get experience and training in sales/marketing, planning and execution of events such as weddings, family gatherings, corporate outings, non-profit events etc. all within a park and recreation setting. The Event Sales Intern will function within a team of professionals who sell, market, plan and implement events and will be supervised by the Hyland Hills Sales & Events Specialist.

Administrative Internships

These opportunities will allow you to work with our support staff located at the Administrative Center in Plymouth, MN. These opportunities include working in IT and GIS, Human Resources, Planning and Design.

IT/GIS Internship

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

IT: Gain hands-on experience in technology infrastructure and security management, as well a first-hand look at cutting edge tools used to deliver a first-class park experience. You will learn the daily responsibilities of information, including inventory, troubleshooting, help desk and more. GIS: Assist GIS Staff and carry out field work to help the Park District achieve its technological goals. Duties may include but are not limited to using GPS equipment/GIS applications to collect park features as well as operating a 3D camera to scan park facilities.

Human Resources Internship    

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

As the Human Resources Intern you will have an opportunity to get real life experience in public sector Human Resources. You will be actively involved in recruitment and staffing and employee training and development, along with other various human resource areas.

Planning/Community Engagement Internship

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN*

As a Planning Intern you will help plan future parks, recreation facilities and program offerings to better the serve the communities of Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, Richfield, Robbinsdale and St. Louis Park. In this role, you will support community engagement focused on helping all people connect to nature every day. This could include creating or participating in creative ways to connect with these communities (e.g., social media, in-person events, etc.). Your exact role will be tailored to meet your personal strengths and interests while you gain the knowledge and confidence to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be included and heard in park planning processes.

*Flexible/in the community.

Design Internship   

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

The Design Intern will work with Design staff to gain hands-on experience in the design and construction field.  Interns will assist Design staff on a variety of tasks including field data collection. Interns will have the opportunity to learn from engineers, architects, landscape architects and technicians and participate in job shadowing large design and construction projects.  

More Information

Have questions? Contact Mike Tracy by email or phone at 763-694-7641, or Chia Xiong by email or phone at 612-346-4682.

Other Opportunities

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