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Posted: 02/24/2017

National Park Service - Gateway National Recreation Area
Cultural Resources

Gateway National Recreation Area (NRA) preserves some of the last remaining open space surrounding New York Harbor. In addition to beaches and wildlife preserves, the park contains the remains of significant recreation and maritime structures, harbor fortifications and vestiges of military post life with extant structures dating back before the Civil War. Sites dealing with the early history of aviation, both civilian and military, can also be found within the park. One of the most significant recreational sites at Gateway is Jacob Riis Park. The 220 acre park is located along the Rockaway Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape features and buildings were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy and are vulnerable to climate change

Landscape Architect Intern
Internship Opportunity


Gateway is looking for a landscape architecture intern to prepare a condition assessment and Post Hurricane Sandy Landscape treatment master plan to guide future landscape management for the 220-acre Jacob Riis Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a virtually unaltered example of a 1930s municipal bathing beach, the park was originally designed to provide underserved urban populations access to recreational facilities during the heyday of the emerging automobile age.   


 The intern will work under the direction of the Park's Chiefs of Facilities and Cultural Resources to develop a post Sandy Landscape Preservation Treatment Plan. The intern will also be working and consulting with the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation located in Boston, MA.  Historic research, review of previously written landscape plans; climate change research and plant selection is anticipated and will be included as a part of the project.  The plan will be presented in an illustrated narrative report synthesizing the Park's new General Management Plan and facility investment priorities in adaptation of the historic park. Findings of the project will be summarized in a detailed post-Sandy master plan, landscape treatment report, which will illustrate graphically the scope of proposed climate change adaptations to the historic landscape.   The document will be in keeping with NPS guidelines for a Cultural Landscape Plan.


 It is anticipated that the intern will take the lead on this project and complete the report with in the 8 week internship. While the intern will be working from the Park's headquarters located at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, it is expected that a significant amount of time will be spent in the field at Riis, documenting the existing conditions.  It is anticipated that the intern will be traveling to Boston to attend an intern training at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation; travel costs will be covered by the Park.  NPS landscape specialists knowledgeable about the Park and the development of landscape plans will be called upon to assist and review as needed.  


Either a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture or a third or fourth year student majoring in landscape architecture.
Ability to communicate proficiently orally and in writing.
Computer literate with proficiency in Autodesk AutoCAD, ArcMap and Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Drivers License 
Ability to perform landscape condition assessment field work;
Knowledge of resiliency in cultural landscape


OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Apply through the Student Conservation Association, SCA website. https://www.thesca.org/serve/position/landscape-architecture-intern-nyc-local-candidate/po-00722508
Marilou Ehrler

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