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Posted: 01/26/2016

National Park Service
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation promotes the stewardship of significant landscapes through research, planning, and sustainable preservation maintenance. The Center accomplishes its mission in collaboration with a network of partners including national parks, universities, government agencies, and private non-profit organizations. The Center develops plans, training programs and recommendations to support the preservation of nationally-significant sites and public spaces.

'Designing the Parks' Internships
Internship Opportunity
Boston, MA
approx $15/hr

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, a program of the National Park Service, in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation, American Conservation Experience, and Student Conservation Association is currently accepting applications for summer and fall internships focusing on the design and documentation of National Park Service cultural landscapes. 

The internships will provide career exploration for undergraduate, graduate, or recent graduate students in historic preservation and cultural resources management. The Olmsted Center promotes the preservation of cultural landscapes through research, planning, stewardship and education.  Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Center provides cultural landscape technical assistance to parks and historic properties throughout the Northeast from Virginia to Maine. For more information on Olmsted Center preservation planning projects, visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/oclp/ and for more information on the Designing the Parks program, visit our blog at https://designingtheparksoclp.wordpress.com/

The internship program provides participants with opportunities to broaden their understanding of landscape preservation practice through project experience, educational programs and self-study.  Working alongside Olmsted Center staff, interns assist with preparing cultural landscape inventories and reports, developing preservation maintenance plans, documenting existing conditions, creating site plans and participating in field projects to improve the condition of cultural landscapes. 

The preferred candidate for this internship will have a demonstrated interest in cultural landscape preservation and management, an ability to work as part of a team, and interest in: landscape architecture, horticulture, history, historic preservation, landscape maintenance, graphic illustration, or mapping. Related skills may include writing, familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, AutoCAD, and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a willingness to travel.


Ten-, 20- and 26-week positions (starting June 6, 2016) are available and based at the Olmsted Center preservation planning office in downtown Boston. Public transportation is available and a stipend is provided. 

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How to apply
To apply, please email (1) a one- to two- page letter that describes your interest in the position and your career and educational goals, (2) resume, (3) transcript (unofficial is accepted), (4) your dates of availability, and (5) contact information for two references. A combined .pdf is preferred. U.S. citizenship required. Please do not send portfolios until requested. For the 10-week internship through the Hispanic Access Foundation, apply by February 6th. For the 10- or 20-, and 26- week positions through American Conservation Experience and the Student Conservation Association, submit by March 15, 2016 to margie_coffin_brown@nps.gov. For more information, contact Margie Coffin Brown by email or at 617 223 5116.
Margie Brown
Phone: 617 223 5116
15 State Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02109

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