RDI Program Assistant


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:    RDI Program Assistant
NPS Unit Name:  Midwest Regional Office – Omaha, NE
Position Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018

Position Description:
Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion (RDI) defines both a value and a practice for connecting the public to the National Park Service’s (NPS) mission of preserving our nation’s natural and cultural heritage. RDI is both an organizational mindset and skillset. It serves as a framework from which the NPS must function to succeed and thrive into the 21st century and become an agency that is responsive to the needs of contemporary American society.

  • Relevancy is achieved when all Americans are able to establish a personal connection to the National Park Service parks and programs and find meaning and value in the mission of the National Park Service.
  • Diversity represents the practice of actively incorporating people of different backgrounds, perspectives, thoughts and beliefs throughout the organization to ensure that NPS is advantaged by the best thinking possible. Diversity is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or physical ability, but rather represents the wide range of visible and invisible differences and similarities that make each of us unique.
  • Inclusion is the practice of intentionally building a culture that is flexible, values diverse ideas, and embraces the meaningful participation of all.
The RDI Program assistant will work closely with the office of EEO to help coordinate and facilitate university visits to NPS sites. The student chosen will be responsible for working closely with parks and universities to schedule park visits for university career center staff to visit NPS sites. The site visits will give University staff a glimpse of the career opportunities the NPS has to offer. The intern will help to develop and present training, research diversity and inclusion techniques for MWR park superintendents write articles for the EEO/RDI newsletter. Learn the history of the NPS and travel to sites to meet with park staff to gain an extensive knowledge of the NPS.

Good communication skills, orally and writing. A self-starter. Great organizational skills. Interest in social issues.

Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 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:       
The intern will work in an office environment in Omaha, NE.

Vehicle/License Requirement
A valid driver’s license is required. The student may operate government vehicles. Students that are in this position must carry a valid state issued ID with them at all times.

Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing Assistance stipend or offsite housing will be 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: www.serve.gyfoundation.org
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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