paid Internships with the u.s. national park service

 

The U. S. National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Natural Resources and Science (NRS) is seeking to fill paid internship positions. Interns will work closely with the NPS Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance’s Science Education Coordinator. 

UERLA is a National Park Service Research Learning Center that serves 16 parks in National Capital Region. They translate complex research results into readily understandable information, providing research, education, and technical assistance for parks. UERLA also provides science communication outreach to park managers and external audiences via websites, workshops, and publications. UERLA maintains research and education partnerships with universities, not-for- profit, education, and other federal agencies. The education activities of UERLA include providing training opportunities for NPS staff and partners, participating in science education programs, and building external partnerships that support science education in parks. Within the Natural Resources and Science Office, other science programs, such as botany, wildlife, geology, air resources, and inventory and monitoring, aquatic ecology work with the Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on interdisciplinary projects.

Students must be enrolled in a degree program at the University of Maryland. The positions are University of Maryland paid internships. Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine if they can also receive academic credit for their internship.

 

These positions are currently open (click on link for more information and application instructions):

  •  Creating Informal Science and Natural Resource Lessons Internship (Application deadline 1-4-19)

    The U. S. National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Natural Resources and Science (NRS) is seeking an upper level undergraduate student with interest in Natural Resources, Science Education, Park Science, National Parks, and/or related fields. Additionally, the intern should have access to a computer. The intern will design 8 science education lessons for NPS seasonal employees at Monocacy National Battlefield. The highly urbanized and rapidly growing region around NCR parks makes them increasingly important as a critical refugia for urban visitors and other species in a changing climate. We anticipate that the internship will begin in January of 2019 and continue through May of 2019. Students must be enrolled in a degree program for the duration of the internship. Flexible hours are part-time, not to exceed 20 hours/week, during the semester. The bulk of work is by telework with limited site visits to the park and UERLA in Washington, DC. Project mentors will include NPS staff in the UERLA, the Office of Natural Resources and Sciences, and at Monocacy National Battlefield. 

  •  Identifying Science Stories Internship (Application deadline 2-15-19)

     The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Natural Resources and Science (NRS) Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA) is seeking an upper level undergraduate student with interest in Natural Resources, Science Communication, Park Science, Ecology, National Parks, and/or related fields. Additionally, the intern should have access to a computer. The intern will review and evaluate compelling story-telling techniques to facilitate distribution of science findings. For each of the National Capital Region Parks at least one science story will be developed using the evidence-based story-telling techniques. Stories will be appropriate for social media and website distribution. The highly urbanized and rapidly growing region around NCR parks makes them increasingly important as a critical refugia for urban visitors and other species in a changing climate. We anticipate that the internship will begin in May of 2019 and continue through August of 2019. Students must be enrolled in a degree program for the duration of the internship. Hours are full-time for 10-12 weeks. The bulk of work is by telework with limited site visits to parks and UERLA in Washington, DC. Project mentors will include NPS staff in the UERLA and the Office of Natural Resources and Sciences. 

  • Communicating Park Science Internship (Application deadline 2-15-19)
    The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Natural Resources and Science (NRS) Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA) is seeking an upper level undergraduate student with interest in Natural Resources, Science Communication, Park Science, National Parks, and/or related fields. Additionally, the intern should have access to a computer. The intern will be provided access to an array of science findings created by previous UERLA interns between 2015 and 2019. The Communicating Park Science intern will propose a variety of mechanisms for distributing the findings to park management and to the general public. Findings take the form of visual and written materials; videos, reports, resource briefs. The highly urbanized and rapidly growing region around NCR parks makes them increasingly important as a critical refugia for urban visitors and other species in a changing climate. We anticipate that the internship will begin in May of 2019 and continue through August of 2019. Students must be enrolled in a degree program for the duration of the internship.  Hours are full-time for 10-12 weeks. The bulk of work is by telework with limited site visits to parks and UERLA in Washington, DC. Project mentors will include NPS staff in the UERLA and the Office of Natural Resources and Sciences. 

  •  Ecological Benefits Modeling Internship  (Application deadline 2-15-19)

    The U. S. National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Natural Resources and Science (NRS) is seeking an upper level student with a background in Forestry, Arboriculture, Modelling Ecological Benefits, or related fields. The intern will use iTree Eco, a modeling program, to quantify changes in benefits of trees over time on National Park land in the National Capital Region. The intern will have the opportunity to analyze the relative ecological benefits conferred by trees using 10 years of data from 425 vegetation plots across the region. Additionally, the intern should have access to a computer with experience in analysis, modeling, scaling up, and be able to quantify ecological benefits. The highly urbanized and rapidly growing region around NCR parks makes them increasingly important as a critical refugia for biodiversity as species expand their ranges from the south in response to climate change. We anticipate that the internship will begin in May 2019 and continue through August 2019. Students must be enrolled in a degree program for the duration of the internship. Hours are full-time for 10-12 weeks. The bulk of work is by telework with limited site visits to regional parks and UERLA in Washington, DC. Project mentors will include NPS staff in the UERLA and the Office of Natural Resources and Sciences.