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Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources Intern
Ref No.: 21-00189
Location: Elverson, Pennsylvania
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/23/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Greening Youth Foundation U.S. National Park Service HBCUI 2022

Position Title Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources Intern
NPS Unit Name Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Position Dates May 16, 2022
Position Description HBCUI Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources Interns will perform multiple tasks,serving as both a front-line field representative of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and integral member of the park's planning and research team. HBCUI Interpretation, Education,and Cultural Resources Interns will provide interpretation for visitors and facilitate enjoyment of the park by encouraging a sense of understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of resources.They will serve both in the park and the local community, at the visitor center, in the historic core of the park, and on trails to provide interpretive services and educational opportunities for visitors. In addition, HBCUI interns will help build on existing research on African American life at Hopewell Furnace and assist with developing new programming to better highlight the site's role in telling the story of African American history in this country. Interpretation, Education,and Cultural Resources interns will conduct cultural resources research and present both informal and formal programs for visitors of all ages including orientation talks and demonstrations. Hopewell Furnace is using existing community connections, as well as new opportunities, to expand its reach and accessibility to the diverse population in the region around the park. The intern will also play a role in maintaining and growing these links. TheHBCUI intern will also incorporate positive change by strengthening community engagement via social media promotion and outreach. The intern will be expected to serve as a member of the park-wide planning teams, to share ideas, provide feedback, and to offer support on the day of programs and events.
Learning Goal The HBCUI intern will learn research skills that can be employed in many different fields, not limited to the natural or social sciences. Interns will gain interpersonal skills required to work successfully as a member of a team and gain significant experience supporting National ParkService research, operations, policies, and procedures. Visitor services skills will be honedthrough on-the-job coaching, mentoring, and training by National Park Service interpretive staff. The HBCUI Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources Intern will work in a variety of settings within the park and have an opportunity to connect with staff, volunteers, and interns who work on behalf of many disciplines. The intern will be expected to work as a member of our team and execute projects with staff, interns, and volunteers from every park branch.Examples of team-oriented projects include conducting historical research, special event planning, social media coordination, performing market research, assisting interpretive programming, and supporting volunteer recruitment and community engagement. For a smallpark unit, Hopewell Furnace has relationships with multiple organizations in the region. In Addition to active partnerships with the state and non-profit entities that own land adjacent toHopewell Furnace, the park is partnered with a number of other civic, non-profit, and tourism organizations including the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, the Convention and Visitor Bureausand Berks and Chester Counties, local township governments, historical societies, and more.The intern will be introduced to existing partners and provided training and tools to comfortably work with partner organizations. During previous summers, interns at HopewellFurnace had the opportunity to attend CPR/AED training, Operational Leadership training, an invasive species removal trainings. In addition Hopewell interns were provided an opportunity to participate in employee enrichment visits to Independence Hall National Historical Park, FirstState National Historical Park, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Mercer Museum,and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. One intern was approved and selected to attend a week-longAmerican Association for State and Local History conference in Philadelphia, PA. Simply said,the leadership of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site strongly believes in inclusiveness and providing life enriching opportunities to its employees, interns, and volunteers.
Qualifications The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site management team seeks a highly flexible,motivated, and spirited candidate to help broaden our research, community engagement, and programming at the park. The candidate must have exceptional initiative and be driven to servethe National Park Service and local community in a professional, conscientious manner.Applicant must be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, possess exceptional organizational skills, and be ready to participate in all aspects of park programs. Relevant Educational Background/Majors: Education, Public History,Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Library Science, Liberal Arts, Sociology, Archeology, Parks,Recreation, and Tourism or related program.

Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated
Work Environment Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site traditionally hosts more than one intern. The HBCU intern will work in a variety of settings within the park. Physical, mental, and attitude versatility is required. Time will be spent both outdoors and in a library or museum/visitor center type of environment. The Intern will also spend time in an office at a desktop computer taking care of administrative tasks, distance learning opportunities, checking email, and posting to social media. The core of the park consists of the furnace, cast house, Ironmaster's mansion, villagestore, barn, farm, tenant houses, and other historic structures. A significant amount of time will be spent outdoors in the elements in hot, humid conditions. Farm animals are kept on site and interns may work in close proximity to these animals. Some demonstrations call for stamina anda degree of strength. Hilly terrain and steep steps require the ability to frequently hike short distances up grades.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is required.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at . Resumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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