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):

  •  Create Self-Guided Educational Hikes Internship (Application deadline 5-10-19)

    The position will be a University of Maryland-based, flexible, full-time, paid internship.  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 Education, Park Science, Ecology, Recreation, Outdoor Education,  and/or related fields. Additionally, the intern should have access to a computer. The intern will create a variety of self-guided, educational hikes for National Capital Region Parks. Using https://www.explorenaturalcommunities.org/ suitable hikes for a variety of ages, abilities, and subject matter themes will be created and shared for distribution with NatureServe, an NPS partner organization.  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. 

  •  Increase Public Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research About National Parks Internship (Application deadline 5-17-19)

     The position will be a University of Maryland-based, flexible, full-time, paid internship. 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 a student with a background in science communication, library science, project leadership, or related fields to work on a Resources Stewardship and Science (RESS) project. The intern will catalog and improve access to scientific and scholarly reports and related products that were produced by and for the National Parks of the National Capital Region. The intern may also work with photo resources to appropriately catalog and tag them for improved usability and create online photo galleries to promote resource understanding in NCR National Parks. This position will begin in May 2019 and end in August 2019; start and end dates are flexible. Hours are full-time for 10 weeks. Project mentors will include NPS staff in the UERLA and the Office of Natural Resources and Sciences. The intern’s worksite is flexible and the intern may work partly from the Natural Resources and Science Office and by telework. Periodic visits to the NPS Museum Resource Center in Lanham, MD and the Natural Resources and Science and NCR Headquarters Offices in Washington, DC will be necessary. The intern should have access to dependable transportation and be able to navigate to NCR NPS properties. The interns must be able to pass a security background check for federal computer use.