Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Interpretation & Education Intern -  Stonewall, TX

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Interpretation/Education

LHIP intern will work to expand the park’s accessibility and intellectual/emotional connection opportunities for Latino and Spanish-speaking populations and visitors through Spanish-language materials and interpretation programs.

Translate park informational and educational materials from English to Spanish:

  • Work with the park’s interpretive media specialist to design Spanish-language versions of park materials, specifically the park brochure, Spanish-language hard-copy guides for tours of the Texas White House complex and President Johnson’s Boyhood Home, a Spanish-language version of a new Junior Ranger work booklet being developed through a separate internship program, and a Spanish-language version of the PowerPoint presentation for "Every Kid Outdoors" school programs.
  • Coordinate with Spanish-speaking interpreters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to ensure an accurate translation free of typos or grammatical errors.
  • Follow National Park Service Spanish-language graphic and style guidelines.
  • Practice time management.

Develop and conduct interpretive programs for the Texas White House and President Johnson's Boyhood Home:

  • Conduct historical research through both primary and secondary sources.
  • Write tour outlines with interpretive themes and goals.
  • Develop public speaking skills through conducting 30-minute guided tours of the Texas White House grounds or President Johnson’s Boyhood Home. The intern will alternate between the two tour venues giving tours.
  • Practice group management. Keep the tour group together and moving with the intern.
  • When present, serve as the Spanish-language interpreter for visitors who may only speak Spanish.
  • Receive feedback on interpretive techniques through tour audits given by supervisory ranger.
  • Practice time management. Learn how to give a quality tour in the allotted time.

Develop Spanish-language content for the park’s social media accounts:

  • Create a minimum of three Spanish-language social media posts per workweek.
  • Research the relationship between President Johnson and the Latino community for a series of social media posts.
  • Compile research for staff reference.
  • Practice photography skills.
  • Develop creative writing skills.
  • Learn how to create content across various social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
  • Follow US Department of Interior, National Park Service, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park social media policy and guidelines.
  • Practice time management.

Job Shadowing:

  • Learn about the variety of careers in the National Park Service by spending approximately one day a week with a different division or work center each week, shadowing a staff member in administration, maintenance, law enforcement, curatorial, and ranching (twice per each for most of these divisions during the internship).
  • Meet various park stakeholders outside of park staff. This includes Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Western National Parks Association, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, and Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Participate in special events for photography and social media support to fulfill social media requirements above.

  • Learn the role that special park events play in developing the park’s community and outreach.

Qualifications:

Intern must be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish (a native speaker/reader/writer preferred), with equal ability in American English. Interpretive and education interns are required to have strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong computer skills are necessary, i.e., Microsoft Office suite of applications. Knowledge of design programs such as Photoshop and InDesign is preferred. Experience working in customer service is preferred. An educational background in history, political science, environmental science, education, or a similar subject is preferred but not required. Experience in providing interpretive programs is preferred but not required. The park will provide interpretive training to all interns.

Work Environment:

Work will be conducted both indoors and outdoors. The intern will split time between working at a desk and computer station, and on their feet conducting interpretation programs. The majority of the Texas White House compound interpretive program occur outside. Boyhood Home programs occur outside and inside a historic building without climate control. Office and workspaces within both the Visitor Center/park headquarters and the Hangar / Pool House at the Texas White House compound are climate controlled.

Driver's License:

Yes, a personal vehicle is necessary. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is located in a rural area without public transportation. A vehicle is necessary for the 15-minute commute between the two park districts, and travel to surrounding towns for items not available in Johnson City.