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Posted: 12/21/2016

National Parks Service, Environment for the Americas, Hispanic Access Foundation

Historic research, preservation, and administration intern
Internship Opportunity
Tucson, AZ
$480/week for 11 weeks


Latino Heritage Internship Program

The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service.

About this position:

 The intern will be responsible for all research and coordinating the process to apply for an NHL, including:


Researching every historic property currently listed in the Barrio Viejo National Historic District to determine if those properties still qualify to be listed on the national register;

Canvassing Barrio Viejo properties to document eligible but previously unlisted historic resources;

Interviewing neighborhood residents (mostly Latino) to develop an expanded cultural context for the NHL study;

Updating older historic building documentation inventory forms to todays standards;

Thinking creatively about gentrification and offering new ideas and compassion for homeowners who suffered through misguided policies of the past that prioritized bulldozers over keeping people in their homes;

Researching, developing and presenting a cultural resources tour of the Barrio, based on the conversations and lessons learned.


In order to achieve the above, the intern will be trained on all existing research techniques and locations, including  Arizona Historical Society, the University of Arizona Libraries, the Western Archeological Conservation Center, and Tucsons on-line Arizona State Property Forms;


The intern will coordinate several events to help get the work done, including recruiting volunteers from University of Arizona faculty and students, personnel from the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, students from Pima Community College, and volunteers from Saguaro National Park.

**For more details on this position please visit www.latinoheritageintern.com

-Age 18 to 35 
-Be a US citizen, legal resident, or have a J-1 Visa 
-Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past one year 
-Interest in learning more about archeology, preservation, curation, and cultural resource management with the NPS
-An ability to work as part of a cooperative team of technical experts and neighborhood residents, and an ability to work independently on critical research


-Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) helpful and more needed for some positions 
-Be social media savvy! 

-Applicants with a degree in heritage conservation, architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, library/archives, anthropology, or Mexican-American studies / Southwestern history are preferred. Residents of Tucson or southwestern states are preferred. A successful applicant will have:



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How to apply
Applications will only be accepted through the online application portal at latinoheritageintern.com. Applications must be submitted by February 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m., applicant’s time zone). Top candidates will be selected for interviews. Placement decisions will generally be made by April. The paid 10 to 11-week internship period will begin in late May through early June 2017 and conclude in August through early September 2017 depending on specific requirements of the project site.

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