Tribal Liaison Specialist (Graduate/Law Student) – Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC)

National Park Service
Published
March 1, 2021
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NPS Office of Native American Affairs, Washington, DC Headquarters Office

Description

INDIAN YOUTH SERVICE CORPS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) was established by the Dingell Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (PL 116-9, March 2019) under the John S. McCain 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act (21 SCS) which amends and expands the Public Lands Corps Act. The purpose of the IYSC Program is to provide a direct benefit to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian youth through meaningful education, employment, and training opportunities. Participants enrolled in the program must be between the ages of 16 and 30 inclusive and veterans up to age 35 or younger. Projects may include assisting federal and tribal governments in performing research and public education tasks associated with natural and cultural resources.

The primary goal of IYSC is to provide employment opportunities for youth and young adults with the goal of developing gainful careers, in the public or provide sectors, in conservation careers by exposing them to conservation professionals in Federal or Tribal land management agencies. Program areas that may be included through the IYSC include climate change, race equity, cultural resources, education, recreation, tourism, facilities management, and natural and cultural resource stewardship and science.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Position Description: This Tribal Liaison Internship position will report to the Office of Native American Affairs in support of the Office of Native American Affairs for the National Park Service in Washington, DC. The long-term goal of the completion of these four projects is to bring greater relevance to the Office of Native American Affairs by providing current guidance and internal documents and information for National Park Service staff to have available as tools to provide active and robust consultations with Tribes, Tribal representatives, Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian organizations on possible undertakings, and other topics and issues related and of interest to Indian Country.

The intern will observe government-to-government consultations with federally recognized tribal government officials and may communicate directly with indigenous communities, federal agencies, and other partners about project needs and priorities. This work will be in direct support of the federal government’s tribal trust responsibilities, a critical function of the federal government with wide-ranging implications. May participate in occasional site visits to select national parks.

Task 1: Update and design the Office of Native American Affairs webpage.

Task 2: Develop draft guidance on Self-Governance Agreements into final form as a “Guide to Best Practices for PL 93-638 Self-Governance Compact/Contract Agreements and Negotiations for NPS Superintendents and Program Managers.

Task 3: Draft guidance has been developed for a National Park Service guidance on Sacred Sites: Intern to research other federal agencies to determine what other guidance exists and to gather additional information for the Office of Native American Affairs Liaison and Regional Tribal Liaisons to develop a comprehensive Sacred Sites guidance, through active and thorough consultations with tribes.

Task 4: Assist the Native American Affairs Liaison to take initial steps towards the development of a National Park Service consultation policy; gather other federal agency policies and assist in setting up consultation meetings with tribes throughout the United States and its Territories for the Liaison, Regional and Park Liaison to develop a comprehensive policy.

In addition to the work products outlined above, the intern will observe government-to-government consultations with federally recognized tribal government officials and may communicate directly with indigenous communities, federal agencies, and other partners about project needs and priorities. This work will be in direct support of the National Park Service’s trust responsibilities, a critical function of the federal government with wide-ranging implications.

QUALIFICATIONS

This internship is designed to provide employment opportunities for youth and young adults with the goal of developing gainful careers, in the public or provide sectors, in conservation careers by exposing them to conservation professionals in Federal or Tribal land management agencies. Program areas through the Indian Youth Service Corp may include climate change, race equity, cultural resources, education, recreation, tourism, facilities management, and natural and cultural resource stewardship and science.

This opportunity is available to undergraduate students or recent graduates and is designed to develop the participant’s deeper understanding of the relationship between the lands and its’ original inhabitants while developing job skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving capabilities.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining a Graduate Doctorate degree in history, government, Native American studies, or other relevant fields, such as a Juris Doctorate. Other requirements include:

The intern selected for the position basic requirements

  • Must be Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian.
  • Must be 18 to 30 years of age, or a Veteran 35 years of age or younger.
  • Must have substantial experience productively working with tribal nations and indigenous communities.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a degree of familiarity with fundamental concepts including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and federal trust responsibilities to tribal nations.
  • Must be able to demonstrate outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have experience communicating clearly, concisely, and effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Must be able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able and willing to travel occasionally to visit tribal communities and other federal offices as necessary.
  • Must have a good grasp on working with computer programs to update and redesign the Office of Native American Affairs webpage.

Start Date: May 16, 2021

End Date: May 14, 2022

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