Landscape Management/Interpretation Intern (PO-00735257)

This internship includes hand-on landscape preservation maintenance fieldwork, monitoring condition and inventorying of existing plantings, documenting landscape change and contributing to developing recommendations for sustaining historic character and appearance of the landscape. 

The intern will work alongside highly skilled park staff (primarily the lead gardener) to assist with documenting existing conditions, creating illustrative plans, drawings, photo/digital simulations, etc. to support ongoing stewardship practices, expand visitor access and engagement, and assist with maintaining the historically significant landscape at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. This internship will assist in developing better visitor understanding of conservation land and historic viewshed restoration project. 

An engaging program of training, field trips, and educational opportunities are offered as part of the internship experience. 

Duties and developmental opportunities will include: 
Landscape Management: Collects, documents, analyzes and recommends information on landscape condition and management.
Writing: Presents information and recommendations graphically and in writing. 
Cartography: Employs GIS technology and other mapping and modeling software to accomplish accurate documentation of park landscapes. 
Interpretation: Utilizing landscape work to create publicly accessible information and opportunities for learning and discovery. 
Public Engagement and Customer Service: Employs audience-centered techniques to create valuable and diverse visitor experiences, serves as a core team member for special events throughout the season.

The park’s professional staff will provide guidance, mentoring, training, and supervision. The intern will also work with other staff, interns, volunteers, and park partners to accomplish shared goals.
Daily work is performed according to prescribed plans or specific directions including detailed methods and tools. During the public season, the intern will work a combination of weekday and weekend days. Generally, work will be directed by the grounds management team on weekdays, and by park rangers on weekends.

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
– $275 weekly Living Allowance
– $25 weekly Commuting Allowance
– $1,000 monthly Housing Allowance (4 allotments) 
– $650 To/From site travel expense reimbursement (if non-local)*
– AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,474 (based upon successful completion of this position).

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-00735257

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - September 17, 2023

99 Warren St
Brookline, MA 02445

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The site is located just outside of Boston, a community that offers a wealth of recreational and educational opportunities (museums, sports arenas, theatre, NPS sites, beaches, trails)

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association