Farm, Trails, and Acequia Technician (Local Candidates Only)

Expected Dates
September 1, 2014 to June 28, 2015
Site
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
Position ID
PO-00552718
This position assists park staff with tasks associated with general site preparations, historic irrigation ditch maintenance, vegetation removal, and cleaning of approximately 70 acres of park cultural landscapes in preparation and implementation of demonstration farming on park lands historically associated with Spanish colonial acequias and mission agriculture.
 
Cultural resources within the scope will include, farm fields, historic irrigation canals, and associated hardened trails.  Additionally, the SCA Intern will assist the park with the preparations, and general support related to the operation of agricultural properties including a park demonstration plot associated with the Spanish colonial history of the park.
 
The ability to irrigate farmlands and bringing/maintaining water to the mission communities was imperative to the success of the Spanish colonial missions.  San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was created to preserve, protect, and provide educational opportunities related to the 1700’s era mission resources including the irrigation systems (acequias) that supported them.  Preservation of these acequia systems and cultural landscapes is vital for their cultural value and for providing visitors with a more complete picture of mission life.
 
This project will engage a local intern to assist the park with preparing and managing newly developed areas of park cultural landscapes associated with Spanish colonial occupation.  Resources within the scope will include, farm fields, historic irrigation canals, and associated hardened trails. 

  • San Antonio is the nation’s 7th largest city. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is located south of downtown and encompasses 826 acres and four Spanish colonial mission sites. Annual park visitation exceeds 1.5 million per year.
  • Landscape equipment operator training. Safety training in principles of operational leadership. Farm tractor operator training. Introduction to Spanish colonial irrigation techniques. Introduction to San Antonio Missions history.
  • San Antonio is home to many recreational and education opportunities ranging from a variety of excellent museums, galleries, and educational attractions to hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Education
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Working with Children
some experience