Community Engagement Intern

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 
The need for preserving all of our nation’s history has never been greater, we’re counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. Participants gain real world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
 
POSITION OVERVIEW
 
Position Title:    Community Engagement Intern
NPS Unit Name: Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park – Stonewall, TX
Position Dates: May 29th – August 5th, 2018

Position Description:
HBCU interns will provide interpretive programs at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park including tours of President Johnson's Texas White House and Boyhood Home. They will also staff the Johnson City Visitor Center front desk which involves greeting visitors, orienting them to the park, and handling gift store sales. Interns will also be members of the park's social media team, developing content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and takeovers of the Department of Interior Snapchat account. Interns will develop a new Junior Ranger workbook for the park, ideally one that requires more interaction between the Junior Ranger and the various resources within the park than our current one. Last, interns will participate in the park's summer special events, notably our annual "Movies Under the Stars" series to feature four dates in summer 2018.

Learning Goals:
The HBCU intern will be immersed in the field of interpretation during their internship. The intern will learn to create interpretive programs with goals and themes. They will be able to provide programs to a variety of audiences and improve their communication skills. The intern will also learn how to craft quality, engaging social media content for a variety of platforms. Social media skills have become a vital requirement for a number of jobs not only in the National Park Service but across the global workforce. Through the creation of a new Junior Ranger booklet, interns will develop their writing and design skills. The Junior Ranger project will also expose interns to developing age-appropriate educational activities and content.

 In addition to the focus on interpretive experience, the intern will shadow members of other park divisions for 1 day experiences, learning about other career opportunities within the National Park Service.

Qualifications:
Interpretive interns are required to have strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience working in a customer service position preferred. Experience using a cash register and handling money preferred. An educational background in history, political science, environmental science, education, or similar subject is preferred but not required. Experience in providing interpretive programs that are preferred but not required. The park will provide interpretive training to all interns. Knowledge of design programs such as Photoshop and InDesign preferred.

Work Environment:       
Work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors. The intern will spend the majority of their time standing and on their feet. Both the Texas White House and Boyhood Home interpretive programs occur inside historic buildings. Both Visitor Centers and the Texas White House have A/C, the Boyhood Home does not.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
A personal vehicle would be necessary. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is located in a rural area with no public transportation. A vehicle is necessary to run errands and there is a fifteen-minute commute between the two districts of the park. Three of our four park houses are in Johnson City, but the majority of work would be at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall.

Compensation and Benefits      

  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park Housing is provided. may be shared but each individual will have their own bedroom. Bathrooms may be shared. All houses come furnished. All houses have A/C, clothes washers and dryers, full kitchens that are furnished with utensils, plates, etc. Houses do not have internet, cable, or television.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
 
For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org. QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@gyfoundation.org. 
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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