Skip to main content

Cultural Landscape Preservation Intern

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

American Conservation Experience

Job Location:

Boston, MA

American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation is seeking ONE Cultural Landscape Preservation Direct Hire Authority Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of National Park Service. This is an opportunity for the prospective intern to be embeded as part of the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) team documenting historic and cultural landscapes throughout the National Park Service - Northeast Region.
A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship is perhaps the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship. The National Park Service (NPS) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the community's involvement in their preservation. For more information about CRDIP DHA internships, please visit
Start Date: June 5, 2017
End Date: August 18, 2017
Duration: An 11 week duration is required
Project Partner Website:
For more information regarding the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, or the National Park Service, please visit  For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: 
Compensation: $480/week, $640 relocation allowance
Housing: Park housing is not available, but housing costs will be covered by American Conservation Experience.
Position Description:
The Resource Assistant will be embeded as part of the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) team documenting historic and cultural landscapes throughout the National Park Service - Northeast Region.  During the course of the 11 week internship, the Resource Assistant will take the lead in completing a Cultural Landscape Inventory for a single park landscape (specific site to be determined according to candidate's expression of interest or preference).  Deliverables will include a detailed narrative and graphic landscape history and existing conditions documentation incorporating mapping and photography of individual cultural landscape features and characteristics. Independent work will be guided by precedent examples and experienced staff will be on-site and accessible in order to respond to questions and provide direction as neccesary. Experienced staff will tailor training sessions in computer drafting software, geographic information systems, and graphic design software toward developing existing skills or learning new skills according to an assessment of the candidates strengths and weaknesses.  Completion of the 11-week project will involve travel to the landscape site, travel to repositories and archives relevant to landscape research, and field work involving the use of measurement tools and photography.  The candidate will be required to synthesize research findings into an accessible narrative account describing the evolution of the landscape over time, and an economical description of the present-day landscape and its component features.  The assistantship experience will conclude with an oral presentation accompanied by graphics assembled into a slide show format,  highlighting accomplishments and deliverables produced during the course of the 11-week experience.
The Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) is a peer-evaluated inventory of historically significant landscapes throughout the national park system.  Requiring review and concurrence by state historic preservation officers (SHPO), landscapes documented through the CLI program meet National Register of Historic Places criteria and include historic sites, historic designed landscapes, and historic vernacular landscapes.  These landscapes include the Northeast Region's Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, and historic homes and domestic grounds of Presidents and artists, and historically managed portions of landscapes that are part of large parks such as Shenandoah National Park and Cape Cod National Seashore that are otherwise managed in support of natural resource values.  The Cultural Landscape Inventory program prepares and distributes landscape documentation in a consistent format to foster effective collaboration across specialties at the local, regional, and service-wide level; serving as a rigorous analytical tool for judging resource management accomplishments and resource accountability. 
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of, have a 4-year degree, or have graduated within the previous 2 years with a degree in urban planning, cultural resource management, landscape architecture, or relevant field.
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident
  • Intern must be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Intern must be a current student or recent graduate (within two years of internship end date)
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently
  • Efficient and able to effectively manage personal time
  • Skills in and enthusiasm for reading, writing, and research
  • Deep interest and academic training in landscape architecture, horticulture, history, and/or historic preservation
  • Ability to deeply focus on one task clearly and take responsibility for written expression of research findings
  • Experience or interest in improving skills with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, GIS, and computer aided design and drafting software
The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing
To Apply:
Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  This position can close at any time.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the Diversity, Inclusion, and Special Projects Manager, Katy Dalrymple at 385.249.7215 or
Please visit for more information about the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program.

Post a Career Opportunity

If your company would like to feature a career opportunity on this page, please contact Ross Weinreb ( with information.

Please provide job and contact details in document (.doc/.docx) format. Feel free to include a recruiting/opportunity poster in .pdf format (5MB maximum).