Park Guide Intern

The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.


Position Title:    Park Guide Intern
NPS Unit Name: Cane River Creole National Historical Park – Natchitoches, LA
Position Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018

Position Description:
Cane River Creole National Historical Park is working to broaden the park's interpretation to increase understanding and reach new audiences. We are in need of new ideas and fresh perspectives for park programs and events. The intern would be a vital part of the park team developing both programming and producing exhibits.
The intern will learn the history and mission of the National Park Service (NPS), the park, the Cane River Region, and Creole Culture. They will also learn about and experience the many different disciplines (Interpretation, Cultural Resources, Facilities, Administration and Management) within a park and the role each plays in meeting the NPS mission. They will gain experience in researching, public speaking and developing both personal (talks, tours) and non-personal (writing, planning exhibits) services. They will hopefully develop a lifelong love of the National Park System and an interest in working for the NPS or in a similar preservation/conservation field.

Educational Major: History is always an appropriate major, but not required. The park will teach the intern what they need to know about the history of the Cane River Region. Skills/Strengths: Research, Public Speaking, Writing, Graphic Design
Additional qualifications:
•          Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate from an accredited HBCU institution
•          Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
•          Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
•          Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Environment:
This position is a field position. The intern would be working mostly outside leading tours on the grounds of both Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Good walking shoes and rain boots are a must as the ground is uneven and often muddy following a rainstorm. the park is home to a variety of wildlife including snakes, fire ants, lizards, birds, and coyotes.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
It is highly recommended that the intern has a personal vehicle due to the distance from the city to the plantations as well as the distance between the two park plantations. A valid driver's license is required to drive government vehicles.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond

Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:
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