01 Dec Interpretive Writer (PLC) – ONSITE – Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Start/End Dates: May 20th, 2024 – August 9th, 2024 (11 weeks)
Compensation: $640 per week + on-site housing provided
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. A driver’s license and personal vehicle are required due to the lack of public transportation in the area.
In 1990 Fort Raleigh National Historic Site was given the expanded responsibility to develop interpretive themes beyond that of North America’s first English colony. As part of this new interpretation, the park has since focused on all peoples who have contributed to the history of Roanoke Island, including Native American Algonquians, English colonists and explorers, radio pioneers, Civil War civilians and soldiers and African Americans, whose descendants still live in the vicinity. To this end the park applied and received acceptance to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program in 2002, hoping to expand the story of the post-Civil War African American Freedmen’s Colony. The park’s museum features a limited display dedicated to this pivotal time in America’s history, so the park used Network to Freedom grant funds to expand that storyline by installing interpretive waysides along the Freedom Interpretive Trail.
The Latino Heritage Internship Program has been instrumental in this project; LHIP interns have given public programs, worked with park partners and community members, and created waysides for the park and the Freedom Trail. Our next step, as the stewards of the story of the Freedmen’s Colony, is to ensure the public has ready access to this information.
The selected intern’s work will further expand the public-facing body of work regarding the African American Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island. The intern will review current research, find additional resources, and work with partners and members of the community to condense and focus current knowledge of the Freedmen’s Colony. They will then synthesize the information into public-facing media to include social media, the Fort Raleigh website, and the NPS app. The intern may also gain skills creating and presenting interpretive programs. They will fully function as a member of the Fort Raleigh NHS Interpretive team.
The Intern will have an opportunity to engage with partners and the community in meaningful ways with special events at Somerset Place, a 19th century plantation where over 861 enslaved people worked before some escaped to the Freedmen’s Colony, and by commemorating Juneteenth with descendants of the Freedmen’s Colony.
The Intern will review current research and create easily accessible articles to further visitors’ understanding of this complex story. They will write two longform articles about the Freedmen’s Colony and related topics, for the park’s website. Articles will be well-researched, with cited sources. Articles and other media will be accessible. The intern will also create three short social media posts about the Freedmen’s Colony and related topics.
- Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in history, natural sciences, communications, education, and/or park and recreation management.
- A strong interest and/or ability to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds in both formal public speaking roles and informal interpersonal communication.
- Desire to be bold and creative.
- Possess initiative and the ability to work independently.
- Ability to summarize information and write audience-centered content.
- Ability to work well within a team and collaborate with others.
- Interest in learning how to conduct research on a topic via sound historical resources and/or field observations while being provided guidance in designing an original interpretive program.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft online applications.
- Experience with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
- Ability to conduct community outreach and foster relationships with park partners.
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.
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