Park Planning Fellow (DHA)

Website Pacific West Regional Office

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.

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.

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Project Description: The Park Planning Fellow will be one fellow in a newly established cohort of interns that supports the national Park Planning and Special Studies (PPSS) Program and regional park planning programs. This outstanding opportunity affords the Park Planning Fellow in-depth exposure and involvement in the National Park Service’s work to design and plan the future of national park units. In addition to being in a cohort with peers, the fellow will   be supporting and collaborating with a professional community of NPS planners. The Park Planning Fellow will learn and contribute to how the NPS is addressing important issues facing the NPS and take a deep dive into the newly established guidance on general management planning.

The Park Planning Fellow position provides an opportunity to be involved in the administration of national or regional planning programs. The Park Planning Fellow will support park planning projects that will improve national park infrastructure, expand visitor access and opportunities, evaluate potential new park sites as authorized by Congress, and engage local communities and organizations in planning processes. This position will help NPS staff and partners cultivate strong relationships through park planning processes which involve working with many disciplines, park stakeholders, and members of the public. 

Potential Trainings to be provided (as needed): GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Planning and Environment and Public Comment (which is a tool to manage online public communications and comment analysis), weekly one-on-one trainings with various programs and divisions within the NPS (I.e., climate change response group; transportation, see DHA work plan for more information).

The Park Planning Fellow will support the Park Planning and Environmental Compliance of the Pacific West Regional Office with one or more priority planning projects for reconnaissance surveys, recently-established park units, park portfolio evaluations and planning, and may also assist with smaller efforts and projects as appropriate. Primary projects could include: 

  • 25% learning, admin, cohort support and sharing
  • 25% of the fellow’s time would be working on General Management Plan memos. The planning portfolio manager and lead support for the fellow will have a draft in place. The fellow will support and host the conversations with park staff about inadequacies of their planning portfolio and strategies to address the gaps. 
  • 50% of the fellow’s work would be supporting the two reconnaissance surveys in the region, including Knappton Cove Reconnaissance Survey in Washington State and the Black Panther Party and Oakland, California sites Reconnaissance Survey. The surveys will evaluate the National Significance, Suitability, Feasibility, and Need for NPS Management. The fellow will work as part of a larger team to support the project for research, writing, and graphic layout of the documents.

Responsibilities associated with these priority planning efforts will depend on the phase the project is in during the Fellow’s term. Responsibilities are anticipated to include: 

  • Background reading and research in order to better understand each unit’s unique history, characteristics, and planning needs; 
  • Preparation for, and participation in planning team meetings;
  • Participating in and helping the planning team prepare for scoping calls and/or working sessions, civic engagement efforts and workshops; 
  • Contributing to discussions on how to enhance public outreach/civic engagement, particularly in underrepresented and tribal communities;
  • Helping to prepare public communications materials;
  • Joining regional discussions to debrief on projects, including determining where additional support may be needed or identify any areas of concern; 
  • General project support such as note taking, moderating, writing up outcomes of discussions and summaries of public input.  

Intern Qualifications: 

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as part of a larger team 
  • Is organized, able to listen, ask questions, and think critically
  • Has confidence in their ability to conduct literature review and carry out independent research
  • Previous experience in hands-on, on the ground efforts to support conservation and recreation planning
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite, and some experience with graphic design and GIS/Google Earth mapping
  • Knowledge about planning, landscape architecture, and recreation management 
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at multiple levels
  • Comfortable and effective working individually and in a team setting
  • Demonstrable interest in parks, landscape design, outdoor recreation, conservation, urban planning, public/youth engagement, etc.
  • Ability to travel and work independently; take initiative
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals by phone and email
  • Strong oral and written communications skills 

Physical/Natural Environment: The bulk of the work would be office based, with travel to the park(s) for site visits, meetings, and engagement

Work Environment: The bulk of the work would be office based, with travel to the park(s) for site visits, meetings, and engagement

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