Indiana Dunes National Park

Outreach Assistant -  Westchester Township, IN

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

The outreach assistant at Indiana Dunes National Park will be working with a vibrant team of committed staff working on serious, authentic equity and inclusion project with partners from a variety of communities. Because the park is uniquely poised and universally accessible to so many people, we are committed to equitable programming and relationships. In recent years, we have been focusing on the Latino communities in East Chicago, Indiana, and Chicago, Illinois. However, the outreach assistant would be able to work with a variety of groups over the summer.

The park recently began working with a group of 8-10 different organizations that serve diverse audiences from northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We have made successful strides and started new partnerships with these groups to bring youth and adults out to the park. However, we recognize that this cannot be one and done field trips. We need to develop lasting relationships that meet the needs of both groups.

To that end, this outreach assistant will work with a GS-09 Park Ranger focused on outreach to follow up on the work that began last summer. Some of the potential projects include:

  • attending summer family/outreach events in local communities to bring the face of the NPS to the community;
  • translating materials and web site information into Spanish;
  • creating social media and other non-personal interpretive materials that are more reflective of diverse audiences and are engaging with these audiences;
  • connecting with Spanish speaking radio stations as a way to market to the Latino community.

The work of the intern will greatly enhance and inform the overall goals of the park in its inclusion and equity work. See the link below for an article on the recent summer work done on this project: https://www.informalscience.org/news-views/finding-way-forward-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-indiana-dunes-national-park

Qualifications:

Qualifications needed for this position:

  • Ability to connect and work with diverse groups of people and a variety of ages.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Prefer to have the ability to speak Spanish fluently but not mandatory.
  • Ability to deliver engaging presentations and activities to diverse groups.
  • Willingness to learn about the unique features of Indiana Dunes and share those with others.
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team of interpreters and educators.

Work Environment:

Summer at the dunes can be a lot of fun with a varied workforce. We hire a good number of seasonals for the summer and they typically work together and also recreate together socially. The weather is great for summer recreation--swimming, beach going, paddling, hiking, and biking. There are lots of fun things to do in the park and nearby communities, not to mention Chicago and all that it has to offer. The park often has several interns working in different workgroups too.

Driver's License:

A driver's license is helpful but not mandatory. The park is bicycle-friendly.