SERO Heritage Documentation Intern

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, and expose them to conservation careers.

GYF seeks a Heritage Documentation Intern for the Southeast Regional Office Cultural Resources Division in Atlanta, GA.
The six month internship will run from August 29, 2016 through approximately February 28, 2017.

Position Overview and Tasks:
The Heritage Documentation intern’s main job responsibilities will be to work independently as well as with office and park staff to collect information from a variety of sources (i.e. community members, museums, archives, libraries, etc.) related to on-going social science research and historic preservation projects in order to assist with documentation projects for historic structures in the southeastern United States. The majority of work will take place indoors, with the intern moving between multiple projects and working with many collaborators during their experience.

This internship aims to develop a working knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, and procedures in historic preservation and cultural resources management. Critical team management, customer relationship management, professional communication, and interpersonal skills will also be developed throughout.

The SER Chief Historian and SER Heritage Documentation Program Lead will supervise tasks, training, and career mentoring during the internship.

Project Tasks:

  • Heritage Documentation Program (HDP)
    • Gather and upload documentation, including correspondence, maps and photos, to the HDP electronic database.
    • Conduct primary and secondary research to determine the historic significance of sites.
    • Write draft memos to the HDP Program Lead regarding the initial findings and recommendations of draft agreement documents and documentation level.
    • Review HDP surveys for completeness and work with Washington Staff to submit materials to the Library of Congress.
    • Work with the HDP lead to modify and improve the tracking database as needed.
  • National, Recreation & Preservation (NR&P) Program and Administrative Support
    • Assist SER staff with ongoing projects, including research, social media campaigns, and meeting the NPS’s Call to Action Items
    • Uploading and creating references for completed reports to the appropriate NPS databases. THE KNOWLEDGE OF MICROSOFT ACCESS IS A MUST.
    • Uses computers (this includes printers, copiers, and scanners) to prepare correspondence (letters, spreadsheets, memoranda, and reports, etc.), and other standardized documents.
    • Taking meeting notes and preparing minutes
    • Assists with project tracking (completion reports, excel spreadsheet updates, database entry, etc.)
    • Identifying need and sources for securing office supplies, copy-editing, printing support, mailing, and related material/services.
    • Maintains, purges, and disposes of office records/file in accordance with established regulations and procedures.
    • Performing other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will be an upper level undergraduate or a graduate level student (preferred but not required) in history, historic preservation, public history, architectural history, art history, American/Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, or Anthropology/Ethnography.
They must be from socially and economically diverse backgrounds.
Candidates must have familiarity with preservation practices and Government policies regarding historical properties, standard architectural styles and terminology, and broad themes of American History. They must have some experience conducting primary and secondary research resulting in an analytic paper or report, and should be able to write reports using the Chicago Manual style with minimal grammatical, syntax and citation errors.
Candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills and should also be able to work independently as well as in a team setting.
They must be proficient with word processing, electronic databases specifically Microsoft Access, and internet research, and have the ability to borrow materials from local archives, libraries (such as the Fulton County Library System or a local college library), historical societies, and other repositories to conduct research.
The successful candidate must be able to pass a federal background check.

Position Compensation

The intern will be compensated at an hourly rate of $13.00, and work for a total of 1,040 hours.
Intern will also receive a monthly mass-transit travel allowance of $95 for 6 months.
Work schedules will be flex-time, at least 20 hours a week, working around school schedules.

Application Information
If interested, please apply to the "SERO Cultural Resources Heritage Documentation internship at
Applications for this position will close on August 5, 2017.

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, 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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