Washington Support Office, Archeology Program

Junior Ranger Booklet Designer  -  Washington, DC

The WASO Archeology Program seeks an intern to create a new Junior Ranger booklet, “Hispanic Heritage in the National Park System.” The project is a collaboration between the WASO Archeology Program and the Embassy of Spain. It will highlight Hispanic and Latino heritage preserved in the National Park System, both in national park units and through partnership programs such as National Historic Landmarks. The intern’s project is to develop the Junior Ranger booklet.

Over ten weeks, the intern’s duties will be to complete two primary products: gap analysis and a new Junior Ranger booklet, “Hispanic Heritage in the National Park System.” The booklet will be available online only for download in .pdf format from the NPS Junior Ranger webpage. The intern will also participate in creating a patch and will write a limited amount of promotional content.

First, the intern will complete a gap analysis to learn about existing NPS educational resources for Latino and Hispanic heritage and to understand which themes, eras, and peoples are best or least represented. To do so, they will survey NPS park and NPS education portal websites for lesson plans, Junior Ranger programs, and other educational materials. They may also consult with interpretive rangers and education specialists. The intern will compile what they find into a brief report, then use the results to decide on the themes, stories, and activities for the “Hispanic Heritage in the National Park System” booklet.

Second, the intern will develop the Junior Ranger booklet. They will identify learning objectives and educational standards for 4th-7th-grade levels; conduct historical research online and in secondary sources; review park baseline documents and National Register files; write content and activities for the booklet to facilitate learning about Latino and Hispanic heritage. The intern will consult with the Embassy of Spain's designer, illustrator, and language translator to take the booklet to final production and ensure Section 508 compliance.

Finally, the intern will brainstorm ideas with the designer for a Junior Ranger patch and write language to promote the launch of the booklet through social media, the Archeology E-gram, and a press release. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate must have completed coursework in Latino or Hispanic archeology, history, cultural studies, or related fields. Additional coursework in education, art, and/or design is a plus.
  • The intern must be able to use the Internet and Microsoft suite products (Word, Excel). Experience in Adobe suite products (PhotoShop, InDesign, etc.) is not essential but preferred.
  • Intern must be proficient in reading, writing, and/or speaking Spanish; have excellent skills writing in English for a range of ages, and be able to communicate well individually and in small team settings.

Housing:

Housing for the summer can be provided in George Washington University (Available between May 26th to August 3rd). Selected interns can also find their own housing and receive a stipend contingent upon budget limits.

About the NPS Archeology Program:

The WASO Archeology Program has sponsored numerous diverse interns through NPS internship programs, including LHIP. The Archeology Program staff are committed, as this internship project shows, to using archeology and history to tell untold stories and highlight the significance of all people in the United States to the nation’s history. The program also coordinates two programs, Linking Hispanic Heritage Through Archeology and the Urban Archeology Corps, which provide inclusive, meaningful work experiences for youth with a goal of diversifying the NPS and the field of archeology.