National Park Service Internships

The National Park Service (NPS) and Hispanic Access Foundation are now providing long-term professional opportunities for Latino youth interested in pursuing careers in fields related to public land management, program coordination, outdoor recreation, and community engagement. Through the contributions made in these positions, Hispanic Access fellows in the NPS will demonstrate active leadership in stewardship, while also working toward connecting our Latino community with resources in the national parks.

With this purpose in mind, Hispanic Access will recruit, select and oversee highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students work alongside NPS professionals in different park areas. Throughout these opportunities, fellows will participate in substantive assignments in their areas of expertise, collaborating closely with NPS staff day-to-day and receive additional mentoring and support through HAF. 

Basic Eligibility

  • Ages 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within two years
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience —  in communications, program coordination, natural resource management, recreation, writing, journalism, public land conservation, and of course, the great outdoors.    
  • Be available to work for a year (times might vary slightly depending on the position)

Timeframe

  • Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, with consideration of candidates starting on August 20th, 2018

Background and Goals

The program will advance employment and community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation. It will target undergraduates and graduate students while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. The experience will create strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented students. In addition, it will help to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships.

Selection criteria 

Candidates may express interest in specific geographic and thematic areas. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with specific requirements of each NPS location. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant educational and work experience
  • Oral and written communication skills 
  • Professionalism, technical knowledge, and expertise
  • Adaptability, adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences.

 

Available Positions

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
Washington, DC
Communications Fellow
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Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program 
Washington, DC
Communications Fellow
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REI - Adventure Station 
Washington, DC
Ranger Rover/Adventure Station Intern
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Youth Programs 
Washington, DC
Youth Programs Assistant
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