Education and Interpretation – National Park Service

Tumacácori National Historical Park
November 15, 2020
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Time Frame

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 26, 2021. Top candidates will be selected for pre-interviews on April 16. Placement decisions and assignments will be made by April 30, 2021.

Internship term runs for 12 weeks during Summer 2021. Exact start and end dates are flexible.

Job Description The intern will work within the division of Interpretation, supervised by the Chief of Interpretation and Education and the park’s ranger for curriculum based and youth programming. Primary goals of this position are:

  1. Develop a high school level curriculum-based education program exploring complex topics like culture, colonization, race, language, and justice. Tumacácori and the Juan Bautista de Anza stories will provide the context and setting for this program, but the educational goals will focus on student inquiry, critical thinking, and civil dialogue.
  2. Utilize available 21st century technology and interpretive techniques to reach audiences that may not be able to schedule in-person programming.
  3. Leverage existing partnerships with youth organizations to connect the intern with other young interpreters.
  4. Sample experiences in a variety of standard interpretive operations, including visitor contacts, event support, fee collection, providing informal and roving interpretation, and creating and presenting formal interpretive tours.
  5. Following local health guidelines, work will occur within the park, in community locations, and remotely from the intern’s home. Travel to other parks and locations throughout southeastern Arizona may also be available.

Basic Eligibility

  • US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to — but not limited to — history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.

Benefits: Students will have substantive assignments in their areas of study, work closely with NPS staff day-to-day, and receive additional mentoring and support through Environment for the Americas.

This 12-week internship is compensated with a $400 weekly stipend, housing, and transportation costs are fully covered.

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