Latino Historic Trails Partnership Outreach Intern

National Trails - National Park Service
December 4, 2020
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The National Trails office administers nine National Historic Trails (NHTs), including four with major emphasis on the Latino experience in the southwestern borderlands: the Santa Fe Trail, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, El Camino Real de Los Tejas, and the Old Spanish Trail. Taken together, these trails stretch from Missouri to California and down into Mexico.

Owners/administrators of properties that have either played a role in trail history or interpret trail history (like museums or visitor centers) can become certified partners for one or more of the National Historic Trails; some certified sites are on private land, while others are administered by local, state, non-federal government agencies. Certified partners may also receive technical assistance from the National Trails office in signing the trail, developing trail interpretation, and promoting the site on trail websites. The National Trails office’s History Team is responsible for the process of certifying partnerships.

The enabling legislation of two of the national historic trails—El Camino Real de
Tierra Adentro and El Camino Real de Los Tejas—
calls for collaboration with partners in Mexico, which has led to a robust decades-long partnership with our colleagues in Mexico, specifically with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). As appropriate, the intern will engage with INAH on outreach efforts.

Working with the History Team, the Latino Historic Trails Partnership Outreach Intern will:

  • Immerse themselves in the Latino history of the national historic trails—for example, the role of Hispanic merchants on the Santa Fe Trail, or the early settlement of Texas along El Camino Real de Los Tejas
  • Learn about National Trails’ decades-long partnership and trail initiatives with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)
  • Under direction of project supervisor, participate in partner outreach and coordination efforts regarding the trails’ binational data-sharing initiativeLearn about the NPS partnership certification program and, under direction of project supervisor, communicate with certified partners (primarily via email) to:

• Update the History Team’s Certification Workflow spreadsheet

  • Determine what kind of assistance partners might need from the National Trails office—for example, certification certificate, trail interpretive materials, interpretive signage, site ID’s, etc.
  • Identify new partnership certification opportunities along the trails
  • Pass these findings along to the History Team
  • Under direction of project supervisor, communicate with the Bureau of Land Management regarding partnership certifications along the two National Historic Trails administered jointly by the NPS and BLM (El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro NHT and the Old Spanish NHT)
  • Coordinate and/or assist with follow-up activities with trails staff, such as emailing digital certificates, mailing of trails materials, etc.
  • Travel to nearby certified sites to meet with partners, COVID permitting Work products will include:
  • Detailed reports of correspondence with partners, including summaries of needs/wants
  • Updated information in centralized certification tracking spreadsheet—for example, new points ofcontact/new contact information
  • Short summaries of potential certified sites along one of the four trails mentioned above, including historical association with the trail(s)Outcomes:
  • Help the public experience the National Historic Trails, both in the US and in Mexico
  • Assist trail staff and partners with coordinating binational data sharing efforts
  • Help certified partners identify needed assistance from the National Trails office
  • Cultivate an ongoing dialogue between the National Trails office and certified partners across the United States
  • Provide History Team with a list of potential certified sites along the trails previously mentioned

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Latino Heritage Internship Program in partnership with Environment for the Americas.

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