History Science Intern (DHA)

Website Padre Island National Seashore

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 internship is designed to document and develop an ArcGIS StoryMap and other 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 The position requires literature and archival searches of historical documents, written and verbal interviews, photos, videos, and other media that will be digitized, if necessary, and incorporated into online educational programming. The intern will learn about the history and current operations of the bi-national program, centered around the role Padre Island NS has played, and continues to play, in the ongoing conservation efforts. The final product will be a professionally designed digital story map designed and published in ArcGIS StoryMap.

Intern Qualifications: 

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Working towards a degree in communication, journalism, history, Latin American Studies, library 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
  • Course work in data science, data visualization, and or geographic information systems is strongly recommended (e.g., GIS, Cartography, Programming, Graphic Design, Data Science, etc.).
  • Basic knowledge of ArcGIS and ArcGIS StoryMaps is helpful
  • 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

Physical/Natural 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.

Work Environment: Work will primarily be in the office with occasional opportunities for field and laboratory work based on the activity of the turtles. A desk and computer will be provided for office work.  

Yes, PAIS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery division typically hosts 2-4 summer interns.   

Padre Island National Seashore is located 30 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas on the Gulf Coast. Padre Island National Seashore is known for its recreation opportunities which include beach camping, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, picnicking, beachcombing, nature trails and windsurfing. A concession offers equipment rentals and lessons for windsurfing and kayaking.  Cell service is limited within the park and there are no restaurants or hotels within the park. The summers are hot and very humid, with temperatures in the nineties for most of June–August and significant wind. Hurricane season runs from June–November.

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

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