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.

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

Transportation Assistance

The Three Rivers Park District Foundation provides transportation scholarships to Pathways Interns where the ability to find reliable transportation impacts their participation in a Pathways Internship or activities associated with their internship. The transportation scholarship is administered through Lyft.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Mike Tracy by email or phone at 763-694-7641, or Chia Xiong by email or phone at 612-346-4682.

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 2022 has closed, but please check out other opportunities at Three Rivers such as seasonal employment or volunteer work.

Outdoor Education and Recreation 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.

Lowry Nature Center, Victoria, 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
Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, MN

The Outdoor Recreation School (ORS) is based at French Regional Park and Cleary Lake Regional Park.  ORS 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.

Park Maintenance and Natural Resources Internships

Our maintenance opportunities allow you learn what goes into keeping our parks and facilities looking beautiful. Meanwhile, our natural resources opportunity provides field experience with restoring and protecting native plant communities, promoting wildlife diversity, and monitoring and improving water quality across the park system. 

Carpentry Services Internship

Various Park District Locations

The Carpentry Services internship provides a great opportunity for candidates with a sincere interest in the construction trades and exploring a career working in a large park system. Candidates will learn from Journeyman Carpenters the use of hand and power tools, routine equipment operation and maintenance. Work will include site prep and cleanup along with maintaining the facilities in a clean, safe manner.

Natural Resources Internships

French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN

As the Natural Resources intern based out of the Field Operations center, you will assist field staff from our invasive species, wildlife, water quality, forestry and horticulture programs with projects throughout the Park District.  This rotational experience will provide an overview of the work this department engages in to keep our park reserves and undeveloped areas restored and maintained in a natural state.  Field projects could include vegetation surveys, invasive species mapping and removal, tree planting, native landscape maintenance, lake and stream sampling, wildlife and insect surveys, seed collection and plant nursery propagation.  Most of the work will be outdoors, with some limited office tasks planned for inclement weather.  This role is part of the dynamic natural resources team, committed to stewardship of the Park District’s natural resources and ecosystems. 

Park Maintenance Internships

Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain, MN
Carver Park Reserve, Victoria, MN
Regional Trails, Plymouth, MN
Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington, MN
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington, MN

As the Maintenance Intern, you will help with various seasonal maintenance items including lawncare, landscaping, use of hand and power tools, routine equipment operation and maintenance, carpentry and landscape projects and more. 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.

Facilities Services Internship

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 Internship

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.

Marketing & Outreach Internships

Our 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.

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, Design, and Volunteers and Donor Relations.

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.

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.  

Volunteer and Donor Relations Internship   

Administrative Center, Plymouth, MN

The Volunteer and Donor Relations section provides support and direction to work groups across the Park District in maintaining their relationships with volunteers and donors. As an intern you will meet with staff from across the Park District, take on a volunteer office project, assist with managing Park District donations and work with the Three Rivers Park District Foundation.

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

Related Blog Posts

August 31, 2022

Learn what it was like to be part of the Pathways program through the eyes of Alex, Mississippi Gateway Regional Park’s outdoor education intern this summer.

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.