Park Planning Fellow (DHA-RAI)

Pacific West Region - Park Planning & Environmental Compliance

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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 Park Planning Fellow will be one fellow in a newly established cohort of interns that supports the Pacific West Region’s Park Planning & Environmental Compliance Program and the national Park Planning and Special Studies Program.

This outstanding opportunity affords the Park Planning Fellow in-depth exposure and involvement in the National Park Service’s work to design and plan the future of national park units. In addition to being in a cohort with peers, the fellow will be supporting and collaborating with a professional community of NPS planners. Now more than ever, it is critical for planning to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and climate change considerations in all  planning processes; the future of the national parks and their visitors are at a crossroads and the voices of these fellows will help the National Park Service pivot towards the future.

The Park Planning Fellow position provides an opportunity to be involved in the administration of national or regional planning programs. The Park Planning Fellow will support park planning projects that will improve national park infrastructure, expand visitor access and opportunities, evaluate potential new park sites as authorized by Congress, and engage local communities and organizations in planning processes. This position will help NPS staff and partners cultivate strong relationships through park planning processes which involve working with many disciplines, park stakeholders, and members of the public.

The Park Planning Fellow will support the Pacific West Region’s Park Planning and Environmental Compliance Program in the support for the Cesar Chavez National Monument general management plan and other regional park planning projects.

Cesar Chavez National Monument was established through presidential proclamation by President Obama in 2012. The park celebrates the life of Cesar Chavez, the most important Latino leader in the U.S. during the 20th century, and the history of the farm workers movement. The site, called La Paz, was and continues to be the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers of America, and is the final resting place of Cesar Chavez and his wife Helen. The historic property includes a visitor center and the United Farm Workers campus.

In addition to the Fellow’s primary projects focused on Cesar Chavez, the Fellow will engage with other park planning fellows in other regions to form a learning and support cohort for the national planning community. This will involve sharing information, group activities, and presentations which will encompass approximately 25% of the Fellow’s time. An additional 25% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to research and organization of a park’s planning portfolio.


The Park Planning Fellow will contribute significant support to the development of a general management plan for Cesar Chavez National Monument. This includes:

  • Research, writing, engagement with park staff. Research and planning projects may include: 1) a historic trail along the 1966 march route between Delano and Sacramento, 2) and interpretive trail at La Paz, 3) an outreach strategy for the development of a general management plan.
  • Meeting stakeholders and park partners at La Paz and other sites associated with the Farm Workers Movement named in the presidential proclamation, such as the Forty Acres National Historic Landmark site and the Filipino Community Hall in Delano, California.

In addition to the Fellow’s primary projects focused on Cesar Chavez, additional responsibilities are anticipated to include:

  • Background reading and research in order to better understand the unit’s unique history, characteristics, and planning needs;
  • General project support such as notetaking, moderating, writing up outcomes of discussions.

Fellows will feel empowered to bring their unique experiences and perspectives into projects and teams.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: The Fellow will work out of the San Francisco, CA regional office or the Seattle, WA regional office. The San Francisco office is located in downtown San Francisco, close to BART and other public transportation options. In the event that remote work is needed, the intern could work from home if they had a good wifi connection. Travel will be to Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene, CA and Delano, CA.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Candidates with bachelors or graduate degrees in a relevant field such as planning, resource management, recreation management, or landscape architecture are preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a larger team
  • Is organized, able to listen, ask questions, and think critically
  • Strong oral and written communications skills

Demonstrable interest in parks, landscape design, outdoor recreation, conservation, urban planning, public/youth engagement, etc.

Education and Qualifications:

  • The types of educational majors, degrees, and certificates include, but are not limited to: Urban and Regional Planning, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, History, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a larger team
  • Is organized, able to listen, ask questions, and think critically
  • Has confidence in their ability to conduct literature review and carry out independent research
  • Previous experience in hands-on, on the ground efforts to support conservation and recreation planning
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite, and some experience with graphic design and GIS/Google Earth mapping
  • Knowledge about planning, landscape architecture, and recreation management
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at multiple levels
  • Comfortable and effective working individually and in a team setting
  • Demonstrable interest in parks, landscape design, outdoor recreation, conservation, urban planning, public/youth engagement, etc.
  • Ability to travel and work independently; take initiative
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals through various communications methods
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Reliable access to wi-fi and ability to work remotely due to COVID-19

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements:

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

Location: San Francisco, CA.

Housing: Selected interns will work with EFTA to discuss housing options and best locations to secure the most suitable place for the internship duration.


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