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Reference # : 18-00159 Title : Project Technician Intern - DHA-RA
Company/Department : Great Smoky Mountains National Park Location : TN
Position Type : Intern
Experience Level : Start Date / End Date : 05/20/2019 / 08/02/2019  

The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title Project Technician Intern
NPS Unit Name Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Position Dates May 20th ? August 2nd, 2019
Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education. DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.

In order to be eligible for a DHA--RA Internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder?) and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.

DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for 2 years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.
Position Description The incumbent performs duties designed to orient the intern in the application of academic theories and basic principles of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Engineering.

(Landscape Architect and Engineers) with project and field work related to drafting designs and plans, site development, construction inspection, and compliance documents.
The purpose of the position is to assist Professional Design Staffon-the job instruction and training designed to familiarize incumbent with functions and operations of the organization and to provide experience in the practical application of basic planning and design concepts.

Depending on the intern's major, we will assign a project or projects to the intern. The work may be planning, research, design, technical drawing, or construction management. They will be provided initial direction and guidance. Time will also be given to orient them to the park and the staff that they may be working with. They are expected to check in on a regular basis to determine if they have questions or need more direction and just to ensure they have understood expectations of the finished product. They may be asked to present a project at one or two intervals to project staff and may even be requested to make a presentation to park management.

The intern will work with an interdisciplinary group of professionals in the Facility Management Division who is responsible for project management from planning to construction. Project work is always underway either at the planning level, design level, or already in construction. The intern will be able to work on these projects, be part of the interdisciplinary team, and be tasked with some of the project work.

When tasked with developing concept plans for park developed areas or facilities they will work will work with appropriate stakeholders to better understand the need and expectations. They will use computer-aided software to develop plans, details, and renderings for review. They will use the Department of Interior and National Park Service standards in the development of planning, design and construction documents. And they will have to use current building codes as applicable to the specific project.

The intern will perform duties that are designed to orient incumbent to National Park Service programs. Assignments are designed to provide experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques to actual operating situations. He/ She will also accompany and observe staff and/or supervisor in meetings, onsite inspections, field reviews, presentations, lectures, etc. The intern will assist with presentations and to conduct simple presentations, research technical reports or other documents to obtain information for higher graded employees, and draft management documents. The intern will also draft text for draft management documents, prepare graphics for use in documents or plans, apply basic formulas to routine calculations. The intern will work under the direction of the Park Landscape Architect, but will often have to balance work with directions from other design professionals. He or she will independently carry out routine assignments in accordance with previous instructions, standard procedures, or written directions. The supervisor and other staff are consulted frequently on matters not specifically covered in the original instructions or guidelines. Work is reviewed in progress and on completion for technical accuracy, appearance, and conformance to instructions. The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items.

The intern will complete a final written report that will be a product benefiting the park. The assignment is generated between the park intern and supervisor. The written product must be completed by the intern during the summer internship. The written product must be between 5 and 10 pages total and must be received before the completion of the internship and meet the standards of the park supervisor. This assignment is a requirement to satisfy the DHA program eligibility
Learning Goals This year, the intern developed several alternative plan layouts for building rehab projects using. The goal is to provide a real-life work experience for the intern by working on actual park projects and work with a varied interdisciplinary team. They will learn how park projects are developed, the various phases of project development, how to work with contractors, how to work with a team of professionals and field support staff to get project work accomplished, and what kind of reporting is required at various stages. computer aided program developed a cost estimate for interior rehab of one building and did on-site construction supervision of an active construction project on a historic structure.

The intern may draft drawing(s), report(s), or daily construction logs, as a final product. They may have a compilation of research materials that are needed for brainstorming project ideas, or cost information needed for market research to develop independent government estimates. An intern studying any of the disciplines we are seeking may be asked to be on an actual construction project to assist with daily supervision and document contractor activities.
Qualifications In order to be eligible for a DHA-RA Internship, participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder?) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or

? Must be able to pass a federal background check
? Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
? Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
? Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
Additional qualifications:

Candidate should be pursuing a degree, be majoring, or have sufficient coursework related Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Transportation Planning, Drafting, Project Management, or Construction Management. Candidate should be able to use AutoCAD, Adobe Programs, and Microsoft and Excel Programs.
PhD degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship. Persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions.
Work Environment Work is performed both indoors and outdoors with moderate risks but will be primarily indoors. The outdoor work requires some physical exertion when working on project sites, such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy items. The intern should be comfortable being outdoors and expect that some work may proceed even in inclement weather. Bears are the most popular of the wildlife in the Park. Encounters with bears are infrequent. The intern will be trained about wildlife safety.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not required, however, a valid state driver's license in order to operate a government vehicle while conducting official government business.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $12 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Shared housing will be provided at no cost to the intern.
  • 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 Resume and cover letter are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.

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