NOLA Resource Management Steward & Education Assistant

Expected Dates
April 6, 2015 to February 7, 2016
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Position ID

The Resource Management Steward and Interpretation Education Assistant Interns (2) will assist the parks’ Resource Management and Interpretation Education staff with several projects at the Chalmette Battlefield, the Chalmette National Cemetary, the Barataria Preserve, French Quarter Visitors Center, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and collections management. Interns will prospectively assist, organize, and assist or lead a wide variety of interpretation and education programs, youth outreach and special programming, and resource management field, inventory and monitoring, historical and ethnographic research, and curation projects.  Examples of this work may include: environmental monitoring instrumentation (including water level loggers, surface elevation assessment installation, a weather station, etc.), implementing natural resource assessment programs (including feral pig impacts, breeding bird monitoring, invasive plant species monitoring, and management, and developing aspects of a ‘citizen science’ environmental monitoring program); assisting with various natural and cultural research projects, assisting with archives and collections, assisting with cemetery plot and headstone documentation, assisting with archiving, etc.  In addition, interns will play a key role in supporting the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans field operations for the commemoration, a school day, and the Bicentennial’s Battle of New Orleans University taking place January 7th through 10th, 2015.

These positions can entail field work across a matrix of conditions.  The interns will get to experience a wide variety of projects and be trained in the skills to accomplish their projects.  This is a great position for those who want to have a wide experience with NPS at an exciting time for Jean Lafitte National Park.

Project conditions include: a historic cemetery, a historic battlefield, office settings, museums and archives, coastal wetland ecosystems, swamp and march board walks, off-trail work in swamps and marshes, transportation in small boats, exposure to times of high heat and humidity, biting insects, cold and wind, small indoor spaces, air conditioned offices, and etc. 

Field activities will range from low skill low expertise tasks like cemetery head stone cleaning and condition assessments, to invasive species removal, implementation of basic scientific sampling protocols, to high skill and/or high expertise tasks like data logger communications, manipulation of relational databases and associated geospatial files, identifying birds by call, leading, guiding, technical writing of research and compliance documents, interpreting resources to park visitors or leading volunteer work groups, and operating power tools in remote settings.  NPS staff will provide training to the SCA interns to complete these projects.

Lab type work will include archive and collections management, small scale construction, sample processing, some microscropy, instrument calibration and data acquisition.  Office work will include assisting with historical or ethnographic research projects, internet and archival research, technical writing, organizing files and books, scanning and copying documents, data management, programming data loggers, and etcetera. Again, NPS staff will provide training to the SCA interns to build their skills for accomplishing projects.

Required skills: The ability to work with others and communicate effectively to a variety of people an audiences.

Useful skills, however training will be provided throughout the internship experience: research and organizational skills, technical writing experience, familiarity with databases and geographic information systems, experience with historical or ethnographic research projects, navigation in terrestrial systems using a compass and/or GPS unit, experience working/playing in subtropical coastal wetland landscapes, familiarity with some of the biota of these ecosystems, work with simple dataloggers, power tool use, maintenance, lab task skills, data collection and/or data management skills, and the ability to work in teams and independently.

Compensation: SCA standard full-time internship stipend, $160/week for the duration of the 44 weeks.

Housing: NOLA area local candidates only; housing is not provided by SCA or the host site.

  • New Orleans city and immediate area.
  • Dept. of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification course; CPR & First Aid; project specific instruction.
  • Other
  • Data Logger
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Mathematics & Data Analysis
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience