Do you love cities AND the outdoors?
Gateway National Recreation Area was established 50 years ago as the country's first urban National Park to bring the NPS idea and values closer to people living in New York City. Experience summer in the city through an internship with Gateway's Interpretation and Education team, focusing on resource stewardship ethics and building civic leadership skills.
Interns will first participate in a three-week structured developmental program, learning about the National Park Service and Gateway National Recreation Area, and the management issues the park faces. Interns will also have an opportunity to attend a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, learning about the ethics of minimal impact outdoor recreation and strategies for sharing these ideas with others.
Through the remaining nine weeks, interns will hone their leadership skills by facilitating service-learning volunteer opportunities like beach clean-ups for other youth and general public, working with partner groups like Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, American Littoral Society, and Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus. Interns will also conduct outreach to local communities to help promote Leave No Trace ideas, including at local events like the Jamaica Bay Festival/City of Water Day. Finally, each intern will be responsible for developing an online Leave No Trace messaging campaign to be posted on one of Gateway's social media platforms.
As a cohort, interns will learn about the other National Park sites within New York City and have the chance to visit and meet with park managers and staff.
$600/week Living Allowance
$650 Travel Grant (if non-local)
$1,718 AmeriCorps Education Award (requires successful completion of the position).
For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid.
Position ID: PO-00728376
Expected Dates: May 21, 2023 - August 12, 2023
175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel, NY 11693
Training Provided: - Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop - Introduction to NPS and Gateway
Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The interns will have full access to natural, cultural, & recreational resources of the 10 parks in NYC. They will be introduced to staff & partners and this will present the opportunity to further explore non-work experiences, of which there are many.
Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Not needed
Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available
US Citizenship: Yes