American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (TULE), is seeking one Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 16 weeks in support of the National Park Service in creating and providing interpretive programs on the cultural resources of the Tule Lake Unit. Intern will also assist the development of materials to be added into media stations.
This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in cultural resource management and interpretation. TULE is unique among America's National Parks as it preserves the history of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII without due process.
Start Date: May 23, 2015 (Start date flexible for the right candidate)
End Date: September 12, 2015
A 16-week (450 hours) commitment is required
Location: Tulelake, CA in northeastern, CA
The Tule Lake Unit includes three locations in and around the town of Tulelake CA, located about eight miles south of the California / Oregon border. The visitor center which is the primary duty stations is located in the Tulelake at the Tulelake Butte Valley fairgrounds. Offsite housing will be provided at the nearby Fish and Wildlife Service located about 5 miles Tulelake. In Tulelake you can secure fuel, and basic grocery necessities. There are three restaurant options either in or near Tulelake. Less than an hour north you can also access Klamath Falls, OR this is where you will want to do most of your shopping. You'll find lots of shopping options for groceries and other basic needs, and well as several restaurant options and entertainment options.
Compensation: The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $110/week. Onsite dormitory housing is provided by US Fish and Wildlife Service (no pets or family members) at no cost to the individual. The intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel but must provide their own mode of transportation for getting to-and-from the Monument and for personal time off.
AmeriCorps: This position is eligible for a 450 hour Education award ($1493) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work performed by Interpretation Intern is:
Resource Interpretation Interpreting the significance and uniqueness of park cultural resources, and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.
Resource Protection Preserving the cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects through information and education.
This will be achieved through the development and presentation of interpretive programs, front desk public contacts, and other interpretation activities.
Project Background and Objectives: The Tule Lake Unit is located in remote northeastern California and is the location where approximately 30,000 persons of Japanese Ancestry were incarcerated during WWII. It is also protects and interprets one of the few remaining Civilian Conservation Corp camps, which was later used as a German and Italian Prisoner of War camp. The Tule Lake Unit is newer NPS site and is still in development stages allowing the intern a behind the scenes look at how a NPS site grows in its early years.
Scope of Work: The position is 40 hours/week. Interns work primarily within the Interpretation division, interpreting the Monument's incredible cultural and historical resources to park visitors and school groups. The intern will primarily be serving at the visitor center and throughout the park at key visitor use locations. Intern will staff the visitor center front desk, where they will be responsible for providing accurate information about the park and surrounding area to visitors.
Developing new interpretive programs,
Maintaining program statistics, and creating visual aids.
Interns will also learn and present pre-developed education programs to school groups. They will also assist with special