RTCA Indigenous/Native Partnerships Outreach Coordinator (DHA-RA)

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Program Assistance (RTCA) Austin, TX / Oklahoma City, OK
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December 5, 2020
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This internship is not located in a national park.  In addition to protecting and managing America’s 401 national parks, the National Park Service also operates programs in communities throughout the nation to connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places.  This internship is within the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, which helps community groups, nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribes plan parks and trails, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create recreation opportunities through locally led partnerships.

The National Park Service endeavors to engage all Americans in protecting our special places—both nationwide and close to home. This rigorous internship provides an opportunity for someone with strong communications, community organizing, and outreach skills to help advance the National Park Service’s community assistance efforts in Texas. 

For this project, the intern will develop strategies for the Texas RTCA office, with a focus on increasing assistance to indigenous communities in Texas and Oklahoma. 

The project goals are to:

  • Establish relationships with indigenous communities and tribal officials in Texas and Oklahoma. 
  • Identify potential projects with indigenous communities in Texas and Oklahoma that might benefit from RTCA assistance. 
  • Showcase three RTCA success stories involving collaboration with indigenous communities
  • Increase awareness about RTCA assistance among BIPOC communities in Texas and Oklahoma

The intern will research local organizations, community groups, and key stakeholders in indigenous communities in Texas and Oklahoma. The intern will engage with those organizations, through direct interviews, site visits (as appropriate) and focus groups, to identify recreation and conservation needs/goals, as well as the necessary support to meet the identified conservation/recreation goals. The intern will also research case study examples and document successful collaboration between RTCA and indigenous communities. 

With support from TX RTCA staff, the intern will interact with the  targeted communities and present information about RTCA and how it can assist with conservation and recreation planning. 

The final products of the internship will be 

  1. A detailed strategy that will help RTCA staff effectively engage with and assist Indigenous communities in Texas and Oklahoma.  
  2. Three or more RTCA success stories involving Indigenous/Native communities.
  3. List of potential RTCA projects in Indigenous/Native communities in Texas and Oklahoma.

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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