MIT Program Expectations & Application Process

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; ITs 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.


Those 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.

Application Process

In order to apply, please complete the MIT/Intern Application. Additional questions can be directed to the PRHS HR Generalist

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 procedures
    2. Tour facilities
    3. Meet Staff
    4. DNR 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 attendance
    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.
    3. Historical — structures, history
    4. Cultural — museums, exhibits
    5. 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.