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Cultural Resources Citizen Science Pilot Project Internship

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

National Park Service

Job Location:

Boston, MA

In collaboration with the National Council for Preservation Education, the National Park Service Northeast Region History Program and Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation are seeking a 10 week summer intern to assist with developing a citizen science pilot project, known as a Culture Blitz, to gather cultural resources data in support of a Cultural Landscape Inventory

The Culture Blitz intern will conceptualize, plan, outline, and provide recommendations for the creation of the pilot project, which will engage community members at a park in the Northeast Region to collect, analyze, and steward cultural resources data.

The Culture Blitz intern will have the opportunity to exercise creativity, critical-thinking, public outreach, and digital skills to help build a model to test during the course of the internship.

The intern will work closely with National Park Service specialists in the fields of education, outreach, and cultural landscape management, and parks across the Northeast Region to develop of the project.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience or training in a cultural resource management field, such as history, cultural landscapes, anthropology, or archaeology;
  • Hands-on experience with community outreach or group organizing;
  • Experience or interest in working with digital humanities, GIS, or other cultural resources related databases;
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively;
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks; and
  • Experience or willingness to work in a multicultural environment where diversity is an institutional value.

The successful candidate must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program or have graduated after December 2016, a U.S. citizen/national/permanent resident, and pass a Federal background check. 

This 10 week summer position will be hosted at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation’s office in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, with a May 29, 2018 targeted start date. A 40 hour work week is anticipated. A $15/hour pre-tax stipend is provided. A vehicle is not needed. Housing is not provided. Overnight travel to regional park sites may be required (expenses will be paid).

The National Park Service Northeast Region History Program provides guidance and assistance to parks and programs for resource management and interpretation, helping to bridge the practices of preservation professionals in documenting and conserving important resources and public encounters with the place, power, and practice of history and of thinking about the past in our individual and collective lives.

The National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation promotes the stewardship of significant landscapes through research, planning, and preservation maintenance. The Center provides cultural landscape technical assistance to parks and historic properties. The Center accomplishes its mission in collaboration with a network of partners, including national parks, universities, and non-profit organizations. Learn more at:

Apply by Sunday, October 22, 2017 by following application instructions on the following web page:

​​Please reference opportunity 3063. Northeast Regional Office, Cultural Resources Program.

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