Length: Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time commitment 5-days per week.
Location: Washington, DC
Living Allowance: $507/week
AmeriCorps Award: Interns are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $2,907 (pre-tax).
Educational Status: Completion of a Bachelor’s degree is required, including coursework or experience in community or transportation planning, landscape architecture, geography, public affairs, community studies, park planning or management, or related field
Start Date: Early June
Application Due Date: May 10

Program Basics

In addition to protecting and managing America’s national parks, the National Park Service (NPS) also operates programs that extend throughout the nation to connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places. The resource management team at National Capital Parks East manages over 15 sites and 8,000 acres of parkland throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. In addition to being one of the largest national parks in the country, NACE is also one of the most complex. In order to successfully serve the American public the park must have a structured way of cataloging important documents. This intern will help create a data management system for the park which abides by the Federal Government’s record retention laws. This project is extremely important because without this system the park is unable to effectively partner with organizations to better the park and serve the public.

Specifics about the Internship:

National Capital Parks-East partners with a wide range of organizations (e.g., Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Watershed Society, D.C. Department of Transportation, etc.) to better serve and improve the local ecosystems. The park and partners have accomplished a great deal together towards this goal, but in recent years the park and partners have experience multiple instances when agreements were expiring with little notice. If the park is unable to create a data management system this year, a time could come when an agreement does expires and important science, restoration work, and programs will be negatively impacted.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

Conduct initial research to identify the best approach for managing data/documents (e.g., hard drive or google documents) and making it is accessible to park employees. Research will included assessing the data management systems at other D.C. area parks and the National Capital Region Office. Understand federal law and Department of the Interior policy (Director’s Order 11D, Records and Electronic Information Management) to know what, and how, the park is required to maintain electronic documents. Additionally, the Steward will work with park leadership to determine what the park wants to maintain.

Once the Steward has identified the best data management system and knows which documents will be housed in that system (e.g., policies, Agreements, Memorandums, Squad Notes, emergency response plans, etc.), the Steward will work with IT (if necessary) to design the appropriate system.

The Steward with work with park leadership to identify and capture all documents that will be housed in the new data management system.

Create a park-wide data management policy and internal communications plan for the data management system.

Preferred Qualifications
• Ability to think critically and creatively
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work effectively with a variety of people
• Strong organizational skills
• Completion of a Bachelor’s degree.

Mandatory Requirements
• Minimum age is 18.
• Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States
• Must undergo Federal Background Check, upon selection
• Must possess a valid Social Security Card
• Submit a mid-term and final report

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, emphasizing your experience with media design and Adobe Suite, and a current resume online at https://stewardslegacy.org/open-positions
For Application Questions Contact Christy Curd, Stewards Program Coordinator christy@conservationlegacy.org
*Applicants will only be contacted if selected for an interview.