History Science Intern (DHA-RAI)

Padre Island National Seashore

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Dates: May 16, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $640/week + housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.
  • Enrolled in a 4-year institute of higher learning.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.

Position Description: Position Description:  Document and develop interpretive materials regarding the history of Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery’s successful collaboration in the bi-national (USA-MEXICO), multi-agency Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Restoration and Enhancement Program and restoration of threatened and endangered sea turtle species, which are shared resources between the two countries. The Padre Island National Seashore Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery has over 40 years of historical records regarding conservation biology of sea turtles in Texas and Mexico (documents, scanned slides, and photographs). These documents will be organized and utilized by the intern to produce multiple products to highlight this long-term, successful, bi-national cooperation in the ongoing work on threatened and endangered sea turtle species that are a shared natural resource between the two countries. Interviewing binational partners and producing new products (videos, articles, file organization and documentation) for this project are desired.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: Padre Island National Seashore is on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.  After crossing the bridge into Corpus Christi, the local community is predominantly Latino.  The park is approximately 30 miles south of downtown Corpus Christi, the eighth-most populous city in Texas. The city has a number of popular attractions including many local beaches, windsurfing, the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington Museum, the Texas Surf Museum, and Mustang Island State Park. The community of Corpus Christi also includes a Hispanic Cultural Center at Heritage Park and the Tejano Civil Rights Museum and Resource Center, dedicated to sharing the history and culture of South Texas.

Abilities and Skills: Fluency in English and Spanish, with the ability to write and speak both languages, is desired. Photography or videography skills would be helpful if the intern wishes to take new images to incorporate into their project. Competitive applicants will have experience in producing edited video content, knowledge of metadata, and be able to share examples of previous educational content they have created. The applicant should be comfortable participating in fieldwork in a hot, humid, windy, and sandy environment and working in a busy and noisy office setting.

Education and Qualifications: The intern should be working towards a degree in communication, journalism, history, Latin American Studies, library science, archival science, natural resources, or related discipline. Previous coursework in ecology or oceanography, communications, or history would be beneficial. Strong writing skills, a high level of scientific and computer literacy, and a passion for sharing science with others are required.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Personal Vehicle and Drivers License Required. Applicant must have a valid driver license (and present it) and have a good driving record in order to operate government vehicles.

Housing: housing provided

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