Science Communicator Intern

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) Program 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 Science Communicator Intern
NPS Unit Name Continental Divide Research Learning Center, Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO
Position Dates May 28 – August 3, 2018
Position Description With the support of the Continental Divide Research Learning Center, the Science Communicator (SC) will research, design and develop an array of communication tools to meet the CDRLC's internal and external communication goals: make park science and research accessible to our partners, staff and the public; promote science literacy; and support the use of science and research in park management decision-making. The communication tools will include:
• Research library – This will involve research and consolidation of written reports, journal articles, synthesis papers, articles, and briefs on current and past park research topics. The intern will explore possible organizational strategies, solicit input on the options from staff, and then follow through with developing a system that will provide park-wide staff with easy and intuitive access to these documents. The intern will write a standard operating procedure on incorporating future documents into the system.
• Institutional memory – During the internship, the SC will research one of the park's long-term resource management challenges. They will write up a synthesis document that will provide the park with a comprehensive administrative history of the work done on the issue, including an annotated bibliography of the documents written on the topic.
• Resource/research briefs – The intern will work with resource stewardship staff to develop one to three resource and/or research briefs that provide a brief 2-page synopsis of a topic. Depending on the topic, the brief will be written for the park's upper-level managers to provide an overview of an issue that needs management level action, or for the Interpretation and Environmental Education division to support their staff training needs.
• Material for external communication – The intern will develop material to engage the public in park science and research, and to promote citizen science opportunities to potential volunteers. This will involve working with park staff and external researchers to develop web content for the CDRLC's website, update resource content on Rocky Mountain National Park's webpage, and communicate park science and research through RMNP's social media Platforms. The intern will also support citizen science in the park by developing and distributing outreach materials for two new and developing citizen science projects in order to encourage public and volunteer participation.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and organized person for this internship. Applicants should possess good communication skills in both speaking and writing. Prospective interns should have experience in research, an understanding of natural and/or cultural resource management concepts, and strong organizational skills. Experience in project management would be an asset. Experience working with volunteers and youth, and basic data collection and monitoring experience is preferred but not required. Backcountry hiking and safety skills are highly encouraged.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 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 This internship is primarily office based; however, there will be opportunities to meet and work with researchers and park staff in the field (~15%). Office space will be furnished with a desk (which will include a varied desk platform allowing for sitting and standing), computer, phone line, and close access to a shared printer. When in the field, the intern will need to be aware and cognizant of steep and rocky terrain, changing weather, and wildlife. These topics will be covered as part of safety training and park orientation. Travel in high elevation and symptoms of elevation sickness will also be included.
Vehicle/License Requirement A vehicle is not required for this position. Laundry and office space are located near both potential housing areas. Staff can provide rides to and from housing to access the local grocery store. A driver's license is required so that the intern can drive a park vehicle to meet and observe park staff and external researchers in the field to support the development of the communication products.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing will be provided either at:
1) McGraw Ranch (a former cattle and guest ranch) that is located five miles from Estes Park, Colorado. The Main ranch house has offices, a shared kitchen and dining area, laundry and small conference room. Interns would have individual sleeping space with a shared bathroom, and access to the internet and a phone line from the main ranch house.
2) The Research Dorm which is located near the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, three miles west of Estes Park, Colorado. The dorm has 16 beds, shared bath, and a furnished living room and kitchen. It is available for long-term, short-term or infrequent visits. Wi-Fi and cell phone reception are available.
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
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