Internships at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

MIT — Managers In Training

General Information

Park Manager with DNR TruckGeorgia State Parks, a Division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), operates the State Parks and Historic Sites Division (PRHS). PRHS offers a wonderful variety of natural, cultural, and historical resources, ranging from mountain vistas in north Georgia to the historic forts of coastal Georgia. The Manager-In-Training (MIT) Program is designed to teach individuals about the many and various aspects of PRHS site operations. Upon completion of the program, individuals would have a level of knowledge that would prepare them to compete for full time PRHS vacancies. 


The MIT opportunity offered by PRHS is designed to cover the total operations of a state park, including visitor services, maintenance, programming, safety and security, and internal administration. In serving as an MIT with PRHS, the individual will be, in effect, a representative of PRHS just as a fulltime employed associate. At parks with large staffs, MITs will see that associates are often assigned specific areas of responsibility and at parks with smaller staffs; Director, Park Manager with Mrs. DealITs will see that associates are more likely to be cross trained and responsible for a variety of areas. While all parks operate under the same administrative procedures, the actual onsite operations vary greatly. Parks include various attributes that may be natural, recreational, cultural, and/or historical.
MIT opportunities will also be available at the PRHS headquarters office with a modified program that would be customized based on the degree area held. The headquarters MIT program is designed to cover business management, natural and resource management, park operations and administration.


Park Manager at F.D. Roosevelt State ParkThose with at least a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, resource management, recreation, history, and business administration are encouraged to apply. Each of the four PRHS regions, as well as the PRHS headquarters office, will offer at least one MIT opportunity. The positions will pay $12/hour, require a maximum 29-hour work week, and will last for a six month period. The site manager shall have primary responsibility for supervision of the MIT. Upon evaluation and recommendation of the site manager, the position can be extended for up to an additional six months. It should be noted that after serving the maximum 12-month period, associates will not be eligible for hourly employment with PRHS again for 13 weeks. The individual will be expected to meet established standards of conduct and dress of the Division. Infractions in these areas can lead to termination. The individual would be evaluated through the same report of performance process as other PRHS associates. This MIT opportunity will help an individual gain experience and knowledge to compete for full time positions as they become available.Ranger Holding a Snake

Application Process

In order to apply, please complete the MIT/Intern Application located at Additional questions can be directed to the PRHS Volunteer Coordinator at

Once submitted, the applications will be screened and forwarded to the appropriate office. Division or Region management will schedule and conduct the interviews, select the MITs, and assign the MIT to the desired location. MIT applicants MUST be available to serve at any location across the state. Once selected and assigned to a specific site, the supervisor will go over the performance responsibilities and evaluation process as part of the orientation process.

Program Outline 

  1. Orientation
    1. Follow all new hire proceduresPark Ranger at Fort Mountain State Park
    2. Tour facilities
    3. Meet Staff
    4. D.N.R. policies, chain of command, housing
    5. Goals of Program
    6. Review performance criteria for MITs
  2. Park Administration
    1. Front desk operations
      1. Learn phone system and proper phone answering procedures
      2. Learn front desk system
      3. Guest check-in
      4. Guest check-out
      5. General front desk duties
      6. Park Pass
      7. Fishing License
      8. Special packages, golf, etc.
      9.  Active
    2. Park Reports
      1. Review and discuss routine weekly and monthly park reports — Revenue and expenditures
      2. Complete weekly and monthly revenue reports
      3. Complete other reports including attendancePark Ranger with a Jr. Ranger
    3. Park Budget
      1. Review and discuss budget process
      2. Complete a monthly park budget
      3. Review revenue channels and reporting processes
      4. Review checking accounts procedure for operating accounts
      5. Review purchasing procedures and processes
    4. Resale Operations — review resale budget, purchasing and reporting 
  3. Park Management Issues and Operating Procedures
    1. Review Red Book — Park operating procedures
    2. Review beach/pool operating procedures
    3. Review park and division organization chart
    4. Review major areas of operation: camping, cottage, swimming, group camps, etc.
    5. Volunteers — campground host, friends group and occasional volunteers 
  4. Maintenance
    1. Read safety manual
    2. Review daily procedures — Park Ranger
      1. Work order procedure
      2. Cleaning routine — work with utility worker
      3. Grounds maintenance
      4. Equipment maintenance
    3. Housekeeping overview — Assistant Manager
      1. Review schedule and scheduling issues
      2. Work with housekeepers
      3. Review housekeeping reports
      4. Complete a cottage/comfort station inspection
    4. Park Safety
      1. Safety inspections — structures, playgrounds, pools, beaches, fire extinguishers, and equipment 
  5. Park Security
    1. Discuss Division Safety/Security philosophy
    2. Review procedures manual
    3. Complete park patrols with discussion of enforcement issues
    4. Review and complete incident and accident reports 
  6. Park Interpretive Programming
    1. Review and discuss Interpretive Programming philosophy
    2. Review interpretive operating procedures
    3. Review park’s annual interpretive plan
    4. Intern to prepare and present an evening program
    5. Work with Park Interpretive Ranger or Assistant Manager
      1. Assist with programs
      2. Prepare and write flyers and news releases
      3. Post events to website 
  7. Resource Management
    1. Review resource management philosophy — see mission and vision statements
    2. Review resource management issues for park or site
      1. Natural –Trails, flora, fauna, etc.
      2. Historical — structures, history
      3. Cultural — museums, exhibits
    3. Review any existing management plans or general development plans
  8. Evaluation
    1. Review and evaluate performance
    2. Discuss hiring process and review completed application
PRHS will adjust the program outline as needed to address additional areas required by colleges or universities participating in this program.