Internship Opportunities

About the Internships

Interns, called Associates, are integral to the Olmsted Center team and work under the mentorship of experienced landscape architects, horticulturalists, and planners. Associates engage in an extensive program of trainings, educational opportunities, and field trips to enrich their experience. For more about the internships, please see our internship blog.

These paid internships vary in duration and focus but are typically offered to graduating students and young professionals in landscape architecture, horticulture, historic preservation, history, GIS, or related fields, who seek professional experience in cultural landscape preservation.
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Designing the Parks interns documenting existing conditions at the Pamet Cranberry Bog at Cape Code National Seashore.

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Current Opportunities

Join our team! The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation is delighted to offer many paid, fulltime, internship opportunities in 2022. For more information about each position, including desired qualifications, compensation, project details, and to apply follow the links below.

Spend the summer exploring and documenting cultural landscapes in parks through ArcGIS Field Maps (training provided), descriptive narrative, mapping, and photography. Though the internship will be hosted in a hybrid format (some in-person, some remote), ideally the Associate will be located near Olmsted Center offices in the Boston or Philadelphia metro-areas.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) raises awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation through meaningful and relevant science-based internships.  This position is supported in partnership with LHIP and the nonprofit, Environment for the Americas. 

Apply by February 6, 2022: Apply Here

Spend the summer exploring and documenting historic structures and buildings in the national parks through ArcGIS Field Maps (training provided), and descriptive narrative, mapping, and photography. Though the internship will be hosted in a hybrid format (some in-person, some remote), ideally the Associate will be located near the Olmsted Center offices in the Boston metro-area.

For more information and to apply by February 25, 2022: Apply Here 

Spend the summer exploring and documenting cultural landscapes in parks through ArcGIS Field Maps (training provided), and descriptive narrative, mapping, and photography. Though the internship will be hosted in a hybrid format (some in-person, some remote), ideally the Associate will be located near Olmsted Center offices in the Boston metro-area.

For more information and to apply by February 25, 2022: Apply Here 

The Preservation Maintenance Research Associate will produce a Turf Management Guide for Historic Cemeteries.  Supported in part through a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, this important effort will identify the best management practices for the places in our nation’s cemeteries where vegetation intersects with historic grave markers and sculpture. The Associate will be guided by a national advisory group consisting of historic preservationists, landscape architects, and turfgrass scientists. This position will be based remotely, with opportunity for travel.

For more information and to apply by February 25, 2022: Apply Here

In this hands-on opportunity, the Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Summer Associate will work as part of a team to develop a plan for and implement Integrated Pest Management, rejuvenative pruning, and condition monitoring within the Flight 93 National Memorial’s nationally significant tree groves. The Associate may also be involved in projects at other sites within the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania. 

For more information and to apply by February 25, 2022:Apply Here 
A smiling group of young people stand in a row with arms over each other's shoulders, surrounded by lupine and daisies.
Olmsted Center Associates on a working trip to Acadia National Park.

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Past Opportunities

Digital Media Specialist, 2021

Explore communication formats to improve how the Olmsted Center shares cultural landscape stories with the public. As a member of the Olmsted Center team, the Digital Media Specialist will create digital media projects that will improve the visitor experience and sharing stories that capture the diverse perspectives shaping our cultural landscape heritage.

Cultural Landscape Planning Associate, 2021

Contribute to Cultural Landscape Inventories for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, and other National Parks in the northeastern United States through fieldwork, research, photography, and writing.

Architectural Historian Associate, 2021

Conduct research and fieldwork on historic structures and evaluate and document the condition of historic structures in the parks through the National Park Service Cultural Resources Inventory System – Historic Structures database.

Cultural Landscape Planning Associate, 2021

Contribute to a Cultural Landscape Report, Record of Treatment for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the home and studio of the founder of American landscape architecture and America’s preeminent place maker.

Arboricultural and Urban Forestry Intern, Flight 93 National Memorial, 2021

Develop and implement a plan for Integrated Pest Management and soils remediation action for trees within the Memorial Groves at Flight 93 National Memorial.

GIS and App Development Associate, 2021

Build and beta-test a web-based mobile app for tree inventory and condition assessment which will allow for integration of data collection with the arboricultural field manual. They will support and participate in the collection of field data using GIS and develop GIS data structures to capture information through the ESRI Collector. The ideal candidate will have strong GIS skills and experience building custom apps with App Studio and Qt Creator with knowledge of gdb management in ArcPro.

Cultural Landscape Planning Summer Associate, 2020

Contribute to a Cultural Landscape Report, Record of Treatment for the Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters, which was used as a headquarters of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Cultural Landscape Planning Associate, 2020

Prepare a Cultural Landscape Report, Record of Treatment for the Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters, which was used as a headquarters of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and the home of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Cultural Landscape Planning Associate, 2020

Contribute to Cultural Landscape Reports for sites within Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, and St. Gaudens National Historical Park.

Cultural Landscape Planning Associate, 2020

Contribute to Cultural Landscape Inventories for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.

GIS & Landscape Facilities Management Associate, 2020

Prepare cultural landscape Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data for the management of facilities in the National Park System.

Horticultural Associate, 2020

Assist National Park Service historic sites with research and horticultural and landscape management tasks.

Interns during field trip to Acadia, posing in safety vests and work gear in front of Jordan Pond.
Designing the Parks interns during field school at Acadia National Park.

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Last updated: January 27, 2022