Forest Wellness Program Internship

Congaree National Park

Please apply HERE

Dates: May 23, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $600/week + Park Housing Included

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 internship will focus on the park’s innovative Forest Wellness Program which provides unique and meaningful experiences with the natural world. Through immersive and engaging activities in nature, the Forest Wellness Program provides opportunities for visitors to improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being during their visit to Congaree National Park.

Duties:

The intern will be responsible for the following:

  1. Leading, coordinating, recruiting and training program volunteers
  2. Developing new programs that focus on improving physical, mental and emotional health
  3. Engaging underserved populations through targeted community outreach, representing the park at area events and through co-creating programs with partner organizations.
  4. Assisting park staff in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Forest Wellness Program
  5. Engaging youth involved in the park’s Youth Conservation Corps in meaningful wellness activities

Deliverables that will be completed during this internship include the following:

  1. Recruit and train at least 10 new volunteers for the Forest Wellness Program
  2. Develop at least three (3) new wellness programs for park visitors (note: the intern does not necessarily have to personally lead these programs, but they have to develop and work with a program volunteer/staff member to implement the programs)
  3. Participate in at least five (5) community outreach events (in-person preferred, but can include virtual if pandemic concerns are present during the internship timeframe)
  4. Provide a final draft of a strategic plan for the Forest Wellness Program, which will include realistic short-term and long-term program goals that the park can implement after the internship
  5. Deliver at least two (3) wellness programs focused on youth
  6. Optional: If the intern has extensive Spanish language knowledge, work with park staff to translate at least one (1) park publication into Spanish.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: The intern will be stationed at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, which serves as the park’s headquarters. The park is ~27,000 acres in size and the majority of it is designated as wilderness. The park sits at around 150ft elevation and experiences hot and humid summers. The park is approximately 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store and 30 minutes from various shopping malls and centers, restaurants, department stores, hospitals, etc. Nearby Gadsden, SC is ten minutes away and has a Dollar General (basic groceries, clothing and other items), as well as a gas station and a couple small restaurants. The park is located in the Lower Richland Community, which is around 85% African American.  Although the Latino population of the area is relatively small (~6%), this rapidly growing population is engaged in the life of the community through various events, festivals and celebrations. As well, there are many Latino organizations, businesses, churches and other connections available in the nearby communities.

Abilities and Skills:

  1. Communication skills, including comfort in public speaking
  2. Good team player
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Knowledge of health and wellness issues and concepts
  5. Fluency in Spanish (optional)

Education and Qualifications:

There is no specific degree requirement for this internship, however it is preferred that the intern have at least some knowledge, experience and/or interest in health and wellness related activities. This knowledge could have been gained through relevant coursework, personal experience and/or work experience.

The intern must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written), should be a self-starter and can work well in a team context. Although the intern will work closely with park staff and Forest Wellness volunteers, they should be comfortable taking on leadership responsibilities. Although not a requirement, fluency in Spanish would be helpful for outreach and park publication needs.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: A driver’s license and personal vehicle is required for this internship. A personal vehicle is needed to go to grocery store and take care of personal needs and the intern will need to drive a government vehicle for certain work assignments.

Housing: Housing provided

 

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