Underground Railroad Visual Information Specialist

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Job Description 
Length: Term of positions is 36 weeks; full-time commitment 5-days per week.
Location: Church Creek, MD
Living Allowance: $531/week, health insurance provided if desired.
AmeriCorps Award: Fellows are eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program.  Value of education award is $4,144 (pre-tax).
Educational Status: Bachelor’s degree in related field such as environmental studies, history, communications, digital media, computer science, community/regional planning, , geography, or landscape architecture is required
Start Date: 11/11/2019
Specific training offered: CMS training for developing web content in the NPS environment; GIS if needed; digital storytelling; Adobe InDesign
Application Due Date: 11/04/2019


How to Apply
Apply on-line at: https://stewardslegacy.org/open-positions   In addition to your resume, please submit a  one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

Program Basics

Established in 1998 within the National Park Service, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program coordinates and facilitates activities “to commemorate, honor, and interpret the history of the Underground Railroad, its significance as a crucial element in the evolution of the national civil rights movement, and its relevance in fostering the spirit of racial harmony and national reconciliation.”  In the twenty years since its creation, the Program continues to impact communities across the country and beyond, bringing traditional NPS strengths in scholarship, historic preservation and interpretation to underserved constituents.   Through the coordinated efforts of the NPS regional offices, the NTF has grown to more than 600 members in forty states, plus Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. 

Specifics about the position:

Through collaborating on Underground Railroad projects in their communities, diverse people work together to preserve and interpret their stories.  Finding common cause provides an opportunity to discuss the nation’s complex history around slavery.   Collectively, the local stories that they are uncovering substantially enlarge a significant and crucial area of American historical scholarship.   This intern will support the public by disseminating new research and establishing social media to facilitate sharing information and events among NTF members.

The intern’s work will be focused on historical education and outreach.  The website and social media will assist with preservation and increasing knowledge about historic resources and events in under-served, at-risk communities. The project will have an indirect benefit of raising awareness about “endangered” history and historic resources.  This will help site stewards leverage support for preservation efforts.  It will also help to strengthen “community” and collaboration among stewards of Underground Railroad sites.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Managing websites, including adding new content
  • Updating GIS maps and databases
  • Developing and managing social media
  • Assisting NTF members with developing digital stories
  • Developing printed materials for NTF and to support public outreach

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and develop strong partner networks
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Great customer service skills.
  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic environment and adjust priorities quickly.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in related field such as environmental studies, history, communications, computer science, digital media, community/regional planning, , geography, or landscape architecture is required
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 15 lbs.), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Experience with Adobe Products such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Must be able to commute to work site by car, as no public transportation is available.
  • Minimum age is 18, maximum age is 30.
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Member will be required to submit semiannual reports and a final report during their term of service.

Job Location
Church Creek, Maryland, United States
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Posted December 4, 2019