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Orientation and Mentoring Toolkit
The First Few Days on the Job
The first few days on a job are a critical time, setting the stage for the whole internship. This time will most likely be very busy and perhaps a bit overwhelming for both participant and supervisor/mentor. Here are some suggestions for the intern's first few days on the job.
- Orientation to the workplace:
A thorough orientation to the workplace is key to ensuring the intern has the tools, knowledge, and confidence to succesfully complete his/her project. Supervisor's should take time to reflect on their initial experience with the park service; what information was useful to them?; what were their concerns? It is also helpful to ask the advice of other, more recently hired staff at the park.
- Make sure the GIP is introduced to park staff and that staff are aware of the work the GIP will be doing.
- Tour the office:
- Where are office supplies located?
- Where is equipment stored and what is the procedure for checking out equipment?
- What computer or workspace should the intern use?
- Does the intern need to take any required training (IT, security, etc.) on the first day of work?
- What are the standard operating procedures for the building? When should doors be locked, lights and computers turned off, etc?
- Tour the park:
- Where will fieldwork be conducted?
- Provide an overview of park purpose, significance, and organization of park
- Provide maps to the intern
- Where are basic services such as a post office, laundromat, grocery store etc?
- Where is the nearest hospital?
- Where are places to eat and/or be social?
- Should any parts of town be avoided?
- What parts of the park and town receive the best cell phone coverage?
- Invite the intern to regularly scheduled events (lunches, evening talks, brown bags, etc.)
Download a printable version of the checklist here
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Last Updated: December 30, 2016