Community Ambassador and Educator (PLC) – ONSITE – Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Start/End Dates: May 20th, 2024 – August 9th, 2024 (11 weeks)

Compensation: $640 per week 

Application Due: February 5, 2024

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage Latino undergraduates and recent graduates ages 18 – 30, and up to 35 for veterans, for this unmatched leadership training program that is focused in the cultural and natural resource management. You must be (additional requirement):

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

* YES, personal vehicle is required for this position. Yes. Although public transportation is readily available, it will definitely be easiest on the intern if they have their own personal vehicle for transportation between their housing and the park.

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Position Description: 

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park has a strong track record of hiring, retaining, and mentoring interns. The Park can provide people new to the NPS, or new to the workforce, with well-defined internship tasks and deliverables.

An intern hired with this Park will be expected to staff Park and community partner events, to track visitor contacts (formal and informal), and to use pre-existing educational materials in programming. Translating educational materials (including but not limited to the park film, Visitor Center exhibits, handouts, and webpages) into Spanish would be a key task performed by this individual. Finding a candidate fluent in Spanish and English is crucial for this position. Along with these deliverables, the Park will seek an intern who can spend time at community events (hosted by the park or local partners). This outreach work will start with the translated materials the intern produces. The facilitation of bilingual, intergenerational programs with Latino families will also be part of the intern’s work plan.

Over the past summer, we developed working relationships with members of the Latino community who offer fishing programs in the northern Rhode Island sections of the Blackstone River. Working with them highlighted a clear deficit in Park offerings: safe and responsible recreational opportunities for underserved communities. This past summer, a Mosaics in Science intern developed educational tools and materials intended to help individuals better understand the importance of responsible recreation along the Blackstone River. Translating this work into Spanish and having the ability to work directly with these communities through an intern who could serve as an additional translator and educator would be invaluable.

 

Responsibilities:

In addition to working with the Park, the selected intern will participate in several partnership programs (4) offered by Providence Urban Wildlife Refuge. This partnership between Providence Parks and US Fish and Wildlife facilitates recreational opportunities like birding and fishing with underserved communities in Providence County. Each summer, these partners organize large summertime events through the Vamos a Pescar program. This fishing program creates pathways for Latino children and their families living in the greater Providence, RI area to fish in different parts of the state. The intern will play a vital role in organizing a Vamos a Pescar program at a partner site within Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. At other fishing programs, the intern will provide general support, translation services, and educational opportunities through games about fishing safety.

There are vibrant Latino communities in the greater Pawtucket/Providence/Central Falls area. In Pawtucket, RI, where the main visitor information station is located, 25.2% of the population (around 75,000) identified as being of Latino or Hispanic descent in the last US census.  In Providence, RI, just south of Pawtucket, 42.9% of a population of 189,000 people identified as being of Latino or Hispanic descent. These populations are concentrated in census tracts with very high Environmental Justice Index (EJI) numbers. Many people continue to live with the adverse effects of the Industrial Revolution, a story we share and interpret within the Park.

In recent years, park staff, partners, interns, and volunteers have collaborated to build a stronger cohort of stewards within the local community to help preserve and protect our nationally significant cultural and natural resources. We have already begun work with local communities like the Cape Verdean American Community Development Center (CACD) to encourage collaboration and joint interpretation of our historic sites. We hope to do similar work with the Latino community through this internship.

 

Qualifications:

An intern for this position should be bilingual (English/Spanish). Since the success of this internship is heavily reliant upon the translation of much of our park materials into Spanish, someone who is fluent in both Spanish and English is of paramount importance. These individuals may also serve as front-line interpreters at certain events, translating important safety information and directions to participants. Fluency in both English and Spanish, not just proficiency, is important. Applicants should also have a background in either history, science, or education, be strong communicators, and have a willingness to interact with new people and groups. The ability to successfully work independently as well as part of a team is also an important trait.

Public Land Corps Non-Competitive Hiring Authority (PLC)
The Public Land Corps Non-Competitive Hiring Authority is a special hiring authority available to qualifying interns. The intern must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or a veteran up to age 35 and complete 640 hours of work on an appropriate conservation project to be eligible for this hiring authority. Upon successful completion of the PLC project(s), the intern is eligible for two years to be hired non-competitively into a federal seasonal, term, or permanent position. The applicant must apply to a PLC-eligible position advertised on USAJobs.gov and selected off a non-competitive certificate of eligibility. For more information, see DOI Personnel Bulletins 11-02 , 12-13, and 17-03.

EEO Statement

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