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Cultural Resources HBCU Assistantship
May 29 - August 4, 2017

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, a program of the National Park Service, in partnership with the Greening Youth Foundation is accepting applications for an eleven week assistantship opportunity.

The successful applicant will work as a team member to prepare a cultural landscape report for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHP in Dorchester County, Maryland. Established by President Barack Obama, this unit of the national park system is little changed since the mid-1800s when Harriet Tubman led so many away to freedom. Additionally, the HBCUI Resource Assistant will take part in an allied project to “Prepare Cultural Landscape Report for Harriet Tubman National Historic Site” in Auburn, New York.

The Resource Assistant will help provide these new national park sites with the documentation necessary to guide effective stewardship. This will include preparation of a narrative site history, narrative and graphic documentation of existing conditions, and National Register analysis and evaluation of contributing resources. This work will assist the park and its partners in preserving the landscape and expanding public understanding. This project directly supports the National Park Service Civil Rights Initiative in documenting and preserving sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the African-American experience.

The Resource Assistant will work closely with experienced National Park Service staff to research and prepare a narrative site history, requiring visits to the National Archives and local repositories of regional history; also in preparation of mapping and photography documenting existing conditions; and finally analyzing surviving characteristics of the landscape that make it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Resource Assistant will provide weekly summaries of activities via the “Designing the Parks” web-log, and will present findings and summary of the assistant ship experience through a public presentation.

Work Environment:  A professional office setting, within a historic building overlooking downtown Boston. The workplace is not unlike a design office, with approximately 10-20 percent fieldwork and 80-90 percent office effort. Our program supports a lively and diverse group of interns and assistants. 

Prospective HBCUI Resource Assistants should possess skills and enthusiasm for reading and writing; skills in communicating and teamwork; interest and academic training in one or more of the following: American History; Cultural Geography, African American History, Oral History, Historic Preservation. Applicants should express their level of interest in learning or improving skills with graphics programs, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and document layout software such as Adobe InDesign; and mapping and cartography software including Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Additional requirements:
· Enrollment in an accredited HBCU institution
· Must be between 16 and 25 years of age
· US citizen, US national, or US permanent resident
· Must be able to pass a federal background check

Vehicle/License Requirement:
· Personal vehicle is not required.
· Operation of a government vehicle is not expected.

Compensation and Benefits:
· Compensation is at a rate of $400/week
· Housing Stipend of $600/month
· Paid attendance at the August 2017 Leadership & Careers Workshop, Washington, D.C.
· Will qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements

Application Instructions:
Apply for this opportunity via the SERVE job portal at:


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