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Cultural Landscape Preservation Resource Assistant Summer Internship

The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service.

This internship is a Direct Hire Authority position, which affords the successful applicant non-competitive hiring status within the Department of the Interior for two years after both successful completion of the internship and graduation from an institution of higher education. 


The Resource Assistant will serve as a member of a team working to prepare the “Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island.” Located in New York Harbor, the island is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the setting for the Statue. The island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed a World Heritage Site, one of only twenty-three in the United States. As such, it is a site of deep meaning and inspiration for people across the globe. The design for the island is one of the first examples of the National Park Service’s efforts to create an appropriate setting for one of its most iconic National Memorials.The Resource Assistant will help provide the park with core baseline documentation needed to guide long-term stewardship of the park’s cultural landscape. The Cultural Landscape Report will document the island’s historical development, starting with use by Native American tribes, provide narrative and graphic documentation of existing conditions, and analyze the historic significance related to the Statue of Liberty as a designed landscape. The Resource Assistant will work closely with experienced staff at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation to research and prepare a narrative site history, this work requiring visits to local repositories of regional history; to prepare mapping documenting existing conditions; and to analyze surviving landscape characteristics and features that make the site eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Resource Assistant will also provide weekly summaries of work activities on the “Designing the Parks” program blog ( and present findings and a summary of the assistantship experience though a final presentation and report.


The successful candidate will be:
 Between the ages of 18 and 35
 Currently enrolled in an accredited academic program or graduated within the past year
 In good academic standing
 A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
 Able to pass a Federal background check

The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
Interest or experience with landscape architecture, historic preservation, American history, or cultural geography
Interest in learning or improving skills in cultural landscape management, including graphic mapping
Ability to communicate and write effectively
Ability to work as a team member
Experience with working or a willingness to work in a multicultural environment where diversity and inclusion are institutional values


May 21 or 29, 2018 for 11 weeks


$480/week for 11 weeks


The Resource Associate will work directly with the experienced Olmsted Center staff member leading the “Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island” throughout the summer, improving skills in leadership, creative thinking, meeting/discussion facilitation, and problem-solving. Specific training opportunities will include a mapping and graphics workshop (GIS, AutoCAD, and Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop), a Cultural Landscape Inventory orientation workshop at the start of the summer, and training in desktop publishing using InDesign, all facilitated by Olmsted Center staff. The internship will also provide the Resource Assistant the opportunity to encounter a variety of professional disciplines within the National Park Service and beyond, meeting with allied National Park Service programs and professionals, participating in design discussions with park staff and stakeholders and meeting with local landscape architectural firms and land managing organizations. The Resource Assistant will actively participate in organizational meetings and individual meetings with Olmsted Center leadership, park staff, and relevant National Park Service support office staff. Through these collaborations, the Resource Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved in new and ongoing research related to cultural landscape preservation. The Olmsted Center is also committed to assisting the Resource Assistant with updating their resume at the close of the internship.


Throughout the summer, the Resource Assistant will be exposed to the day-to-day operations of government work as well as substantive project- oriented assignments. The Resource Assistant will also gain familiarity with the National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Program and understand the form, content, and purpose of Cultural Landscape Reports within the context of the National Park Service. Specifically, the Resource Assistant will gain skills and experience in:

Archival and documentary research by working with Olmsted Center staff to study the physical history of the landscape, including primary and secondary source investigation
Technical writing and desktop publishing (InDesign)
Graphic mapping using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, AutoCAD, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the development of graphic maps of the site
Public speaking through final presentations


To apply by February 6, please visit:


Plant Records Management Research Assistant

In collaboration with the National Council for Preservation Education, the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation is seeking a research associate to assist with piloting IrisBG plant collection management software at three units of the National Park System: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (MA), Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (MA), and John Muir National Historic Site (CA).

This project builds on a previous phase of work, which evaluated leading plant records management software options for use in national parks. Findings are available:

The Plant Records Management Research Associate will:
Work with NPS employees across cultural resources, natural resources, maintenance, and interpretation divisions to implement IrisBG by aggregating, standardizing, and importing existing vegetation datasets;
Devise best practices and train park employees in the use of IrisBG;
Develop web-based interpretive tools for the public based on the IrisBG Garden Explorer platform; and
Create a summary report detailing best practices for working with large datasets, streamlining workflows, and developing interpretive tools based on IrisBG.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:
Botanical and horticultural knowledge;
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS, including mapping complex datasets (Prior coding experience, with a focus on SQL, or database experience, with a focus on data analytics, mapping, or web publishing, is a plus.);
Ability to communicate and write effectively;
Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks; and
Experience or willingness to work in a multicultural environment where diversity is an institutional value.

The Plant Records Management Associate must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program or have graduated within the past 12 months, a U.S. citizen/national/permanent resident, and pass a Federal background check.

This 30-week (about 7-month) position will be hosted at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation's office in downtown Boston. A 40-hour work week is anticipated. A $15/hour pre-tax stipend is provided, along with a monthly transit pass ($85/mo. value). A vehicle is not needed. Housing is not provided.

This position is funded by the National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and offered in collaboration with the National Council for Preservation Education.

To apply, send the following to as a single PDF attachment. Applicantions will be considered until the position is filled:
Cover letter, including dates of availability
Resume, including academic background, volunteer and work experience, technical skills, interest areas, and contact information for two references
Current academic transcript (unofficial)


Please check back for additional internshipopportunities in the coming months.



(Photo) Olmsted Center staff in the forest of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont