Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network

Communications Assistant (DHA-RA) - Annapolis, MD

Position Type: LHIP Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistance (DHA-RA) 
Primary Field: Outreach/Public Affairs

From its headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office manages the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, a partnership-based entity that connects people to experiences of the region’s natural and cultural heritage, and also helps conserve important landscapes. This office also coordinates watershed-wide efforts to achieve land conservation, public access, and citizen stewardship goals established under Executive Order 13508 (Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed) and the Chesapeake Bay Program. 

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water trails Network seek a DHA Resource Assistant intern to help create a communications tool kit for parks within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that would like to better engage Hispanic and Latino audiences as potential park stewards. In particular, the National Park Service is in the process of developing a visitor contact station at Sandy Point State Park where thousands of Latino families recreate each year. Using Sandy Point State Park as a case study, the Resource Assistant will create a research-based multicultural engagement and outreach tool kit with best practices in connecting to this new audience.  

The Resource Assistant will create the following:

1) Literature Review
2) Survey or Observation Report
3) Community-Based Social Marketing campaign
4) Presentation to NPS interpretive staff and leadership
5) Digital Toolkit for partners

This toolkit will serve to gather information from visitors use surveys, formalize current bilingual interpretive programs, and develop replicable plans to inform interpretive planning at Sandy Point State Park and communications plans for NPS and partnership programming and initiatives.This communications toolkit will inform interpretive planning at Sandy Point State Park and communications plans for NPS and partnership programming and initiatives.


Skills: public speaking or customer service experience, research, interpersonal communication, bilingual English and Spanish preferred, writing, use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Design suites

Coursework: environmental or biological/life sciences, media, journalism, or other communications fields, sociology, social work, anthropology, public/applied health, public/applied history, Spanish/Latin American/Latino Studies, education, or related humanities or sciences.

Work Environment

The students will have a mixture of fieldwork (observations, offsite meetings and research, outreach events, and site visits) and office work (research and project development) wrapped into the internship. The assistant is expected to wear business casual attire when appropriate. Students should be prepared to work outdoors in open areas, as well as indoors in office settings and research facilities. The office is handicap accessible and will include a work station that is accessible as well. We have a small staff with a variety of backgrounds and provide an open, welcoming environment. The assistant can expect there to be at least 4 other youth summer interns on-site.

Driver's License

Yes. The assistant may have to commute, and/or drive government cars to off-site meetings and events.