Trails Planning and GIS Assistant (DHA-RAI)

Minute Man National Historical Park

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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 intern will work with the Resource Management and Facilities Division to prepare a Trails Management Plan/Story Map for a segment of trail within the park. Located in the Metropolitan Boston area, the park trails are very popular and link to surrounding communities. Multiple groups maintain segments of the trail system, including the Appalachian Mountain Club, Local Conservation Departments, Bay Circuit Trail stewards, and volunteer groups. The Plan/Story Map will highlight popular sites along the trail, notable features, who and how the trail is maintained, challenges and issues to be addressed, and links to other trails. The intern will collect data with GPS tablet, create maps using GIS, ArcGIS StoryMap, and work with planners and managers. The intern will present the project as part of a resource stewardship celebration, and collaborate with other interns in the Metro Boston area.

Duties: 

The intern’s Plan/Story Map will aid the park in managing its trails, building its trail stewardship constituency, recruiting volunteers, and protecting and preserving the trails.

Weeks 1-2: Orientation, existing trail plan review, selection of trail segment for focus project and meetings with staff and partners. Map training with regional team and on-site work with partner groups (Deliverables: meeting notes, trail segment selection, Plan/Story Map outline and task list, photographs/video)

Weeks 3-4: Site visits to other parks, meet trail managers and other experts, data collection, compiling GIS layers with park staff (Deliverables: meeting notes, photographs/video, blog, and draft Plan/Story Map of selected trail segment).

Weeks 5-6: Collaborate with interpretive and resource management divisions to highlight notable historical and natural features along trail segment, plus challenges and issues to be addressed. Share draft Plan/Story Map with stakeholders and professionals for feedback and conduct mid-season evaluation (Deliverables: draft plan sections).

Weeks 7-8: With resource experts, compile flooding and inundation data, factors negatively affecting species, and trends and habitat conditions.  Present project findings to date to interested citizens and professionals in collaboration with the Resource Stewardship Celebration. (Deliverables: Power point presentation and blog)

Weeks 9-10: Finalize data and maps. Prepare recommendations for long term protection and preservation of trail and associated linkages (Deliverables: list of recommendations and updated Plan/Story Map).

Weeks 11-12: Compile final written Plan/Story Map, presentation, and participate in career workshop (Deliverables: Plan/Story Map, updated presentation, and blog).

Natural and Physical Work Environment: The linear park spans 1,000 acres and consists of 4 units within the Concord River floodplain and upland. Temperatures range from 70s to 90s during the summer months. The park landscape is rural-agricultural and surrounded by suburban development. The closest town center, Concord, MA is 1-2 miles from park housing and less than a mile from park headquarters. The town is a popular tourist destination with supermarkets, cafes, and shops. A train line runs from Concord into downtown Boston, 15 miles away. Popular nearby natural and recreational destinations include Walden Pond, Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge, the 10-mile Minuteman Bikeway, and the park’s 5-mile Battle Road Trail. Nearby cultural sites include Author’s Row, Old Manse, Concord Museum, and Thoreau house.

Abilities and Skills:

  • GIS
  • StoryMaps
  • Interest in recreational and historical trails and trail planning
  • Interest in collaborating with trail planners, landscape architects, facility managers, resource managers, volunteer coordinators, biologists, wetland specialists, and land managers.
  • Interest in data collection and organization
  • Photography
  • Sketching

Education and Qualifications:

  • The applicant should have skills and enthusiasm for map making and fieldwork; as well as skills in communicating and working as a member of a team as well as independently.
  • Course work at an undergraduate or graduate level may include geography, cartography, natural resources, geographic information systems, park management, environmental science, site engineering, or related field; as well as experience using map and graphics programs (ArcGIS, StoryMaps, Avenza, AutoCAD, Adobe).
  • Interest in building competencies for a Landscape Architect, Community Planner, Environmental Engineer, or GIS Specialist position.
  • The position is full-time (40 hours per week) on weekdays. Hours are generally 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and extends at least 12 weeks in the late spring and summer of 2022.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Personal vehicle strongly recommended

Because of the linear nature of the park a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle is recommended, but not essential. Alternative transportation options include bicycle and carpooling. Concord is located on an MBTA Commuter Rail line.

Housing: Park housing is provided

To apply for this job please visit latinoheritageintern.org.

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