Park Planning Fellow (DHA-RAI)

Midwest Regional Office Planning and Compliance Division

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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.

Position Description: The Park Planning Fellow will be one fellow in a newly established cohort of interns that supports the national PPSS Program and Regional park planning programs. 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. The Park Planning Fellow will learn and contribute to how the NPS is addressing important issues facing the NPS and take a deep dive into the newly established guidance on general management planning. General management planning is informed by the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 and further articulated in NPS Management Policies 2.2 which states this type of planning sets the long-term goals for the park.

Duties: 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.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: This work could be done remotely. It is an office building in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The weather is humid and hot in the summer. There would be potential travel to Chicago. Chicago is one flight a little over an hour. A grocery story is nearby and there is public transportation in downtown Omaha. There are Latino neighborhoods nearby and the intern could work from Chicago. Latino and african american communities surround Pullman National Monument and are the primary stakeholder groups for that park.

Abilities and Skills: Ability to work on a team and respond to changing priorities. The primary project for the fellow in the Midwest Region is work on the Pullman National Monument General Management Plan.

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
  • Knowledge about planning, landscape architecture, or 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 by phone and email
  • Strong oral and written communications skills

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: No personal transportation or driver’s license necessary.

Housing: Housing provided

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