Everglades National Park

Cultural History Education Intern (DHA)  -  Homestead, FL

Position Type: LHIP Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistance (DHA-RA)
Primary Field: Education/Interpretation

The Everglades Cultural History Education Intern will work with the park's Division of Resource Education and Interpretation, our archives program under the South Florida Collection Management Center and park scientist under the South Florida Natural Resource Center to finalize and grow curriculum started by the LHIP intern during the summer of 2019 about the area in the park identified as the “Hole in the Donut” (HID). This area of the park, 6,300 acres, was historically farmland beyond the establishment of Everglades National Park in 1947. This unique situation presents opportunities for developing relevant activities for students where we can still see evidence today how history and science come together. The intern will utilize material that was developed during 2019 where the intern spent a great deal of time researching, and making relevant connections in the community to develop an outline of events and curriculum connections for students in secondary education.

Although restoration of the HID began in the mid 1980’s, this is a new area for the park’s education program. Using the research that created the foundation completed in 2019, the intern will help to both create and finalize curriculum materials that showcase our park’s rich history, help to develop an understanding land use and the value of conservation in National Parks. The information will be used to both finalize and begin to develop new lesson plans for teachers and will serve as a bank of information for future lessons. They will be paired with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher who can help guide the lesson plan writing. Since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the intern will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park's ecosystem. Additionally, he/she will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting research field work. Ideally the intern will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park's resources.

Qualifications:

  • All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include Education; History; Social Studies, other related studies to the project. Environmental, Physical, or Biological Sciences or Parks and Recreation or other studies may also be considered for candidates who express an interest in history.
  • An intern who is eager to learn and try new things will benefit more from this internship.
  • Someone who is comfortable sharing ideas, conversing with others, and speaking to the public (as in conducting an oral history) is preferred.

Work Environment:

  • Work environment will include both indoor office work and outdoor field experiences, especially for training.
  • Summers in south Florida are hot and humid, with high temperatures in the 90s, heat indexes in the 100s, and lows only in the mid-70s.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem during the summer rainy season, depending on the frequency and start of rains. "Bug jackets" with 2 layers of netting and insect repellent are provided; however, individuals who are sensitive to bug bites should consider their tolerance level before applying.

Housing:

Park housing is provided. Park housing is available in shared housing units. Each individual has their own bedroom. Kitchen, bathroom, porch, and common areas are shared. Units have A/C and pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery are provided. Interns must bring their own linens and personal belongings.

Driver's License:

Yes, the candidate will need a personal vehicle to commute from the housing area to offices.