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Internship in Historic Landscape Preservation

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, a program of the National Park Service, is currently accepting applications for a 52-week internship in cultural landscape preservation.
The Olmsted Center promotes preservation of cultural landscapes through research, planning, stewardship and education. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Center provides research, planning, stewardship, and education services to parks throughout the Northeast.

This internship provides an opportunity to broaden one's understanding of landscape preservation practice through project work, educational programs and self-study. Working as part of a team, this internship will provide the successful applicant with experience preparing cultural landscape inventories and reports, developing preservation maintenance plans, documenting existing conditions, creating site plans and participating in field projects to improve the condition of cultural landscapes. The primary focus of this internship will be assisting in the completion of a cultural landscape report for the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in cultural landscape preservation and management, and the ability to work as part of a team. Applicants with education and experience drawn from the fields of landscape architecture, horticulture, history, historic preservation, landscape maintenance, graphic illustration will be considered. Excellent writing skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office are required. Proficiencies with AutoCAD, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Adobe Creative Suite programs are advantageous. U.S. citizenship is required. A stipend intended to assist with housing and living expenses will be provided.

The internship will extend from mid-September 2016 to mid-September 2017.

To apply, please e-mail (1) a one- to two- page letter that describes your interest in this opportunity as it relates to your career and educational goals, (2) resume, (3) transcript (unofficial is accepted), (4) dates of availability, and (5) contact information for two references. A combined .pdf of these materials is preferred. Please do not send portfolios or other materials until requested to do so.

Submit application materials no later than August 12, 2016 to


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