African American History Intern (PO-00733167)

Please note – anticipated dates for this position are: 05/15/2023 – 08/04/2023

Currently, the scant information about African-American use and experience within the park’s historic cabin camps provide only a few individual snapshots. This project will identify and compile known and researchable records about the African-American summer camps and expand significantly our understanding and ability to reestablish ties with generations of African-Americans campers and community groups who came to Prince William Forest Park from the 1940s to 1970. Interns will create a document that outlines camp details about the various organizations that used the camps and create and present programs for park visitors. Curriculum based programs will be developed allowing park staff to present educational programs on the story of segregation, civil rights and diverse uses the Park.

Compensation Details:
– $415/week Living Allowance
– One-time round-trip Travel Allowance: $1,100 paid once 
– Housing Provided by NPS
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,678.57, received upon successful completion of this position
– Eligible to receive Public Land Corps hiring authority upon successful completion of this position

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00733167

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - August 4, 2023

18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172

Training Provided: NPS Interpretive training, curriculum program building, digital media/website management, public speaking

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Extensive opportunity to learn the history of the park and of local African American communities. Park has over 30 miles of hiking trails available, and site visits to camps will be encouraged. Cross training with different divisions in the park.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Travel to local historic repositories will be easier/more efficient with personal vehicles, and provides a safer travel option due to COVID-19.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

The park has a number of park housing options that vary somewhat in layout/amenities and at this time it is uncertain which unit these interns would be housed in. The expected housing unit is located approximately 9 driving miles form the Resource Management Office, and 6 miles by bike (using unpaved roads).  The housing unit is a stand alone home with a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms, and one bathroom. There are laundry machines on the premises and all kitchenware is provided. All housing is listed as shared housing - with shared common spaces including fully furnished kitchen and living space. Washer and dryer is available at all units, as well as air-conditioning, furniture and a TV. A personal vehicle is highly recommended as travel into and out of the park could be up to 3 miles on foot/bike. Interns would need to bring linens.

Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association