Everglades National Park (DHA)

Cultural History Education  -  Homestead, FL

The LHIP 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 research and develop curriculum about an area known as the “Hole in the Donut” (HID). Within the park boundaries, this 6,300 acres area was used as farmland beyond the establishment of Everglades National Park in 1947. This unique situation presents a unique opportunity for developing activities for students exemplifying the intersection of science and history.

Although restoration of the HID began in the mid-1980s, this area is new to Everglades' education program. Using the park’s archives, the LHIP intern will use existing sources to collect stories and photographs from HID farmers. Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to connect with the present-day agriculture community (just outside the boundaries of Everglades National Park!). These interactions could offer a richer history to those of the original farming families. The intern will research historic land use and then connect with our scientist to develop a better understanding of present-day restoration and land use mitigation. This research will inform the creation of curriculum materials that showcase the park’s rich history, as well as to develop an understanding of land use and the value of conservation in National Parks for students. The information will be used to begin to develop lesson plans for teachers and will serve as a bank of information for future lessons. For this purpose, the intern will be paired with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher who can mentor and guide them in 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, they will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting research fieldwork. Providing visitors with information and sharing their own enthusiasm for our national park resources is a great way to learn about all the park has to offer. Ideally, the intern will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park's resources (Interpretive staff and online courses from the Eppley Institute will help guide the development of this program).

Qualifications:

  • All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include Education; History; Social Studies, other fields related 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, or the intersection of history and natural resource management.
  • 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 is preferred.

About Everglades National Park:

Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands, mangrove swamps and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other. The Everglades are typically hot and humid from May through November. Temperatures reach average highs of 90°F, with humidity over 90%, and a heat index of over 100°F. Wet conditions and higher temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape.