Everglades Cultural History Education Intern (DHA)

Website Everglades National Park

Start Date: May 15, 2023

End Date: August 4th, 2023

**To qualify for a DHA position, applicants must be between the ages of 18-30 and be enrolled in a 4-year institution of higher education in the semester FOLLOWING the internship (Fall 2023).

Compensation: $720/week paid biweekly. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program.

A car is required 

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Latino Heritage Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Please Apply HERE

Project Description:

The Everglades Cultural History Education Intern will work with the park’s Division of Resource Education and Interpretation, our archives program under the South Florida Collection Management Center and park scientist under the South Florida Natural Resource Center to research and develop curriculum about the area in the park identified as the “Hole in the Donut” (HID).  This area of the park, 6,300 acres, was historically farmland beyond the establishment of Everglades National Park in 1947. This unique situation presents opportunities for developing relevant activities for students where we can still see evidence today how history and science come together.  

Although restoration of the HID began in the mid 1980’s this is a new area for the park’s education program.  Using the park’s archives, the intern will use existing sources to collect stories and photographs from the farmers. Additionally, the intern could connect to the individuals from the current agriculture community just outside the boundaries of Everglades National Park.  These interactions could offer a deeper history to those of the original farming families.  The intern will research historic land use and then connect with our scientist to develop a better understanding of present day restoration and land use mitigation. The intern will help create curriculum materials that showcase our park’s rich history, help to develop an understanding of land use and the value of conservation in National Parks. The information will be used to begin to develop lesson plans for teachers, and will serve as a bank of information for future lessons. They will be paired with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher who can help guide the lesson plan writing. 

Since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the intern will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park’s ecosystem. Additionally, he/she will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting research field work. Providing visitors with information and sharing their own enthusiasm for our national park resources is a great way to learn about all the park has to offer. Ideally the intern will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park’s resources.

Interpretive staff and online courses from the Eppley Institute will help guide the program.

Intern Qualifications: 

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking ability
  • The ability to self-start/work independently
  • Flexibility/resourcefulness
  • The ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector

All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include education, history, African-American studies, museum/archive studies, or interpretation. Because of the nature of the park, we are also willing to consider environmental sciences, parks and recreation, or similar studies. An intern who is eager to learn and try new things will benefit more from this internship. Also, the ability to communicate in writing and collaborate with others, as well as a willingness to share ideas are also essential.

Physical/Natural Environment:

 Homestead/Florida City is the nearest place for groceries, post offices, restaurants, shopping, a small library, and a movie theater. Miami is about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance/housing area where you will find more restaurants, movies, clubs, stores, libraries, etc. Coconut Grove and South Beach in Miami are popular for nightlife. The Florida Keys, Key Largo, and Key West are close enough for weekend or day trips. The entrance to the Florida Keys is just 30 minutes from the housing area. There are also many recreational opportunities in the park. 

The local communities host a myriad of Hispanic cultures, including Cuban, Mexican, Dominican, and many more. Spanish is a very common language spoken in this area of South Florida, second to English.

Work Environment:

 The work for this internship will mostly be indoors with some outdoor field work to conduct visitor programming, visiting the Hole-in-the-Donut site for in-site research, and conducting summer education programs. The everglades during the summertime can host many poisonous plants, venomous animals, biting insects, high heat and humidity, and summer rains. Interns will receive training on how to remain safe in the Everglades, but it is important that they are comfortable in high heat and biting insects. Our park regularly hosts up to 3 summer interns.

To apply for this job email your details to internships@environmentamericas.org

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