Cultural Landscape Preservation Planning Assistant (DHA-RAI)

Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

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Dates: May 16, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $640/week + Housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.

*This position requires that the intern be enrolled in a 4-year institute of higher learning. 

Position Description:

The National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation works with national parks to manage cultural landscapes that reflect our national heritage. The Center provides research, planning, stewardship, and education services. As a member of the Olmsted Center team, the Preservation Planning Assistant will contribute to the production of Cultural Landscape Inventories. The Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) is a comprehensive inventory of all historically significant landscapes within the National Park System. It is an evaluated inventory that provides baseline documentation for cultural landscapes. As part of a team conducting Cultural Landscape Inventories, the intern will develop broad set of documentation and analysis skills through original photography, inventory field work in the national parks, and writing narratives. Cultural Landscape Inventories may be conducted for Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire, Saratoga National Historical Park in New York, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Pennsylvania, among other National Parks.  Cultural Landscape Inventories are used by park staff to inform their management of cultural resources.

The Cultural Landscape Preservation Assistant will also provide bi-monthly summaries of work activities on the “Designing the Parks” program blog ( Please see the program blog for more information about the internship experience. At the conclusion of the internship, the Cultural Landscape Preservation Assistant will present her or his accomplishments from this project to staff and leadership from the Olmsted Center and the National Parks which benefited from his or her work. This digital presentation will detail his or her contributions to the project and place these accomplishments in the context of the field of cultural landscape preservation, and the intern’s own career path and professional goals.

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

The internship may be located in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, Richmond, Virginia or Philadelphia Pennsylvania regions.  These major metropolitan cities have public transit, vibrant academic cultures, and the arts. And all three cities have vibrant Latino neighborhoods.

Abilities and Skills: The most important skill is the ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. In addition, the intern should be able to work successfully independently and as part of a team.

Education and Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will be:
  • Between the ages of 18 and 30 (35 if a veteran)
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited academic program or recently graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • In good academic standing
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Able to pass a Federal background check
  • The successful candidate will also demonstrate:
  • Education or experience in historic preservation, American history, cultural geography, and/or landscape architecture
  • Interest in learning or improving skills in cultural landscape management
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Experience with working or a willingness to work in a multicultural environment where diversity and inclusion are institutional values

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements:

Though a valid driver’s license/personal vehicle may facilitate park visits for field work and educational opportunities, a personal vehicle or driver’s license is not necessary.

Housing: Housing provided

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