Education and Community Outreach Intern

Fire Island National Seashore

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Dates: May 23, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $600/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.

Position Description:

This professional development opportunity is an education and community outreach internship at Fire Island National Seashore. The primary tasks and deliverables associated with the internship will be to assist with and provide community outreach, and formal and informal interpretive and education programming at the park, with a special focus on engaging and serving local under-served populations and underrepresented audiences

The Latino Heritage Intern will contribute to social media and the development of bilingual information and programming about park resources, visitor experiences, and youth employment opportunities. Effort will be dedicated to a media campaign and programming celebrating Latino Conservation Week.

The intern will work alongside National Park Service Park Rangers at park visitor centers, and assist with park programs and events at least three times per week. The intern will assist with programs geared for youth and general public audiences on a variety of topics including shoreline dynamics, barrier island ecology, natural resource issues, recreational canoeing, marine seining, maritime history and more.

Once the intern gains adequate content knowledge and progresses with interpretive skills development, she/he will be encouraged to lead programs as well as develop and conduct new programs on park topics of interest.

He/she will also help plan for, implement, and participate in volunteer and partner events such as the annual National Public Lands Day Patchogue River Cleanup, native plant/pollinator gardening days, and coastal cleanups.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: Ocean beaches, dunes, maritime forests, the Fire Island Light Station and the William Floyd Estate blend recreational opportunities with rich historic and natural resources at Fire Island National Seashore. The park is located only 60 miles east of New York City, but is a world apart from the bustling communities surrounding it. The 26-mile long National Seashore contains significant natural features such as the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, the only federal wilderness in New York State; and the Sunken Forest, a globally rare 350 year old holly maritime forest. The William Floyd Estate showcases the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Floyd family’s legacy over 250 years of change. Fire Island’s maritime heritage is highlighted at the Fire Island Light Station, with the 1858 Lighthouse still an active aid to navigation, out buildings, and historic first order Fresnel lens now on display. A wide range of temperatures, from 0 degrees in the winter to the high 90’s in the summer, can occur. The gateway communities to the park are ethnically and culturally diverse and with large Latino populations. All services including shopping, doctors, hospitals, libraries and schools are available in the communities on Long Island. Services on Fire Island are limited.

Abilities and Skills: Enthusiasm, team spirit, flexibility and a strong work ethic will be important qualities for the intern to bring to the internship

Education and Qualifications: The intern should an upper level undergraduate, recent graduate or graduate level bilingual student.
Strong verbal communication, writing and media skills, as well as a background and career interest in ecology, the natural sciences, and/or education are strongly recommended.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Applicants should have personal transportation and must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.

Housing: Housing provided

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