Park Ranger Intern

Because 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 Title: Park Ranger Intern
NPS Unit Name: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site – Little Rock, AR
Position Dates: May 29th – August 5th, 2018
Position Description:    
The selected intern would focus on developing the online resources including virtual tours, museum collections access, and links to partnership projects such as the Memory Project, Arkansas History Hub, and UALR Online Central High Museum Collections. The intern will be immersed in the Interpretation, Education and Museum Collections programs and procedures to ground them in the history of the National Historic Site and let them know the resources that can be used and highlighted in their project. The intern will also work on drafting proposals to be presented to the Chief of interpretation, lead Park Ranger (immediate supervisor) and Park Superintendent and complete online courses in NPS Web management. The intern will revise their proposal based on feedback and submit revisions for approval. The intern will produce their proposed products for final review and editing by the Chief and Lead Ranger. The interns project will be added to the site’s website. 

The intern will learn career paths within NPS including interpretation, education, cultural resource management, information technology, and administration. They will produce a finished product that they can use as part of a portfolio when seeking a permanent position. They will develop an understanding of the NPS mission and the site's role in fulfilling this mission. They will learn how to tailor their skills to a particular employer and/or client's needs. They will learn the importance of documenting their work and being able to present proposals and products, accept feedback and revise.
Preferred education and training could be in digital communications, Website Management/Design, Social Media Marking, or Education with an emphasis in digital learning.
Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment:
The intern would work out of the Visitor Center, which also contains the administrative offices. They would have a cubicle in the interpretation division's Ranger room. Their training and work would include walks around the 21-acre site in hot, humid weather. In addition, to the Visitor Center, they would become familiar with Central High School, a 600,000 square foot, multi-story 90-year-old building that is the most significant structure on site. Urban wildlife includes a variety of insects, birds, mammals and reptiles that have acclimated to urban neighborhoods. The National Historic Site is located in an historic neighborhood that is beginning to be revitalized. The intern is likely to encounter diverse peoples, including individuals that are homeless and/or have mental health issues. The Little Rock School District provides security for the school campus. The National Historic Site is in the jurisdiction of Little Rock Police.
Vehicle/License Requirement:
The intern does not have to have a personal vehicle, but a valid driver's license and ability to operate a government vehicle is required. A shared park vehicle is available if they need to travel to partner's sites. For commuting to and from work, there is a limited metro bus system. Taxi, Uber and Lift are also available in the area.
Compensation and Benefits:     
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park Housing is not available on site. A housing stipend will be provided to pay a portion of the housing cost for the 10 weeks.
  • 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:
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