Cultural Landscape Preservation Intern
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, MA

 

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Olmsted Center for Landscape (OCLP) is seeking One Cultural Landscape Preservation Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of National Park Service. The selected intern is expected to contribute to park planning and design projects at parks in the Northeast. Project work will focus on research and preparation of Cultural Landscape Reports and Cultural Landscapes Inventories, which provide baseline documentation and creative design solutions to the issues and problems facing public use of historical landscapes. The work is 75% in the office and 25% in the field

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in history preservation and cultural resources. They will have a chance to expand horizons of cultural landscapes knowledge and experience. Engagement in this work will provide the participant with valuable experience performing some of the fundamental work involved in administering landscape architecture.

Start Date: June 6 or June 13, 2016

End Date: August 12 or August 19 (with the possibility of extension)

Duration: A 10 week commitment (or longer)

Location: Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation Boston, Massachusetts

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation promotes the stewardship of significant landscapes through research, planning, and sustainable preservation maintenance.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingOlmsted Center for Landscape Preservation or the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nps.gov/oclp/index.htm For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: usaconservation.org

Compensation: 400/week, $640 relocation bonus, plus a housing stipend

AmeriCorps: Interns in this position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP). The EAP opportunity is for a successful term of service with an award to the Corps member upon completing 300 hours of service.

Housing: Housing is not available. However, a housing stipend will be provided. Boston has a high percentage of college students, hence many opportunities for sublets. Dorm rooms are available during the summer.

Position Description: The 2016 Designing the Parks program will provide a student or recent graduate from a diverse background with opportunities to contribute to park planning and design projects at parks in the Northeast. Project work will focus on research and preparation of Cultural Landscape Reports and Cultural Landscapes Inventories, which provide baseline documentation and creative design solutions to the issues and problems facing public use of historical landscapes.

  • Create tables of character-defining features; and preparing recommendations for preservation, rehabilitation, and/or restoration of the historic landscape.
  • Site visits, historical research, and problem solving. Meeting with allied NPS programs and professionals. Meeting with local landscape architectural firms. Participating in a design discussions with park staff and stakeholders
  • Photography, sketching, and developing written narratives. Creating maps using GIS, computer aided drafting (CAD), and Adobe Design Suite. Creating videos, a blog, and a final presentation and report. Specific tasks include attending meetings at the designated park with their mentor. Gathering data and taking photographs in the field.
  • Conducting research in the park archives and other repositories. Creating maps of the existing conditions of the landscape using GIS, CAD, and Adobe map layers. Writing narrative descriptions of the landscape

Mentoring: The intern will work directly with a landscape architect and as part of a project team to provide technical assistant to a park on a specific project. The intern will communicate daily with office staff of landscape architects, historians, historic preservationists, and horticulturists, and communicate weekly or monthly with park staff at their project site. Interns also share their reflections though a weekly blog. For last summer, see https://designingtheparks.wordpress.com/

Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have a demonstrated interest in cultural landscape preservation and management, an ability to work as part of a team, and interest in: landscape architecture, horticulture, history, historic preservation, landscape maintenance, graphic illustration, or mapping. Related skills include writing, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign), AutoCAD, and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a willingness to travel.

Required:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • Deep interest in history, cultural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, conservation or closely related topic
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
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NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or kdalrymple@usaconservation.org.