Position Title: Research and Design Intern
Supervisor: Halle Van Der Gaag
Department Head: Joy Oakes
Position Description: (List duties, responsibilities, etc.)
– Suggest edits for draft research project on best practices for land management, and identify research photos with the goal of creating a visually-appealing report.
– Work with staff and external partners to research the history, stories, and geography of Native American tribes through the Delaware River watershed. Create end work product as a presentation, webinar or park talk with research findings.
Qualifications/Requirements (i.e., education, technical skills):
– College education or master course work or degree
– Strong editing skills, ability to work with computer programs needed for editing
– Ability to create dynamic, multi-media presentations and work within company guidelines for production
– Strong research skills, interest in cultural and historic resources
– Interest in land use, environmentally sensitive development, water quality
– Attention to detail
– Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and in a culturally competent manner
– Ability to work independently and multi-task to meet deadlines
Describe the tangible deliverables (projects, outcomes) that will be achieved:
There will be two distinct project outputs:
1. Editing and illustrating what is now a ~60-page draft report on best practices in land use requirements and projects. Goal is to help the MARO team understand and advocate for park-compatible development, and to be useful to our community partners including advocates and agency staff.
2. The second project(specific outputs to be determined) will enable staff working throughout the Delaware River valley to become better informed on the history and culture of the native American tribes that once existed in great numbers in the river corridor, including on land that are now national parks in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. This project will allow us to work directly with tribal members and leadership known to NPCA and further develop those relationships. In addition to internal learning in keeping with JEDI goals, we anticipate this information and related presentation(s) will be well received from partners within and outside of the Coalition for the Delaware River (CDRW) to build a more culturally competent set of organizations working throughout the watershed. NPCA serves on the Steering committee for CDRW, and this would allow us to take a leadership role. We will also be able to better connect and advocate within NPS on the need for additional interpretation at relevant park sites and locations.
Work Status: Part-time Hours per week 15
Ideal Work Schedule: Ideally 2 days/week during regular business hours. Specific schedule to be determined by supervisor and intern.
Salary (Hourly Rate): $20 – $25 depending on education level