Visual Information Specialist Intern (PO-00735304)

The intern will work with Fort Davis National Historic Site (FODA) Interpretation Division to create content for the newly authorized Blackwell School National Historic Site (BLSC).  Duties will include assisting in capturing video/photos for respective park sites at events or programs being offered; updating park social media sites; and updating park websites. Work involves drafting text/messages and taking photographs. Duties also include developing or editing written promotional material, writing articles for publication, answering inquiries or directing the public.
The intern would live and work at FODA which is located on the east flank of the Davis Mountains and adjacent to the town of Fort Davis.  The town has a population of about 1,200 residents.  The town of Marfa is twenty-one miles south of the town of Fort Davis.  BLSC is located in Marfa and the intern would drive to this location infrequently to implement many of the duties described above.  Travel to El Paso, TX to work with professors at the University of Texas, El Paso, on content development would be a potential action of the internship.  There would be possible additional travel to other locations to assist with information gathering and possible oral history efforts.  
Living allowance $450.00 per week

$1,100.00 one-time relocation travel.
This position qualifies for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

*All allowances are 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.

Conditions of Employment
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Position ID: PO-00735304

Expected Dates: July 24, 2023 - April 28, 2024

1504 State Street
Fort Davis, TX 79734

Training Provided: 1. Content Management Systems (CMS) training, which allows for editing of NPS websites. 2. Foundations of Interpretation. 3. Other Interp/Ed/Media trainings as they come available.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: This part of West Texas contains many outdoor recreational opportunities, including trips to local National Park Service sites, museums in the tri-county area of Presidio, Brewster, and Jeff Davis County, and Texas Parks and Wildlife areas.

Professional Development Opportunities: DOI  Talent: 
Information Management and Technology (IMT) Awareness (30 min)
Responding to Harassing and Discrimination Conduct (1 hr)
Welcome to the Department of the Interior (DOI 2 hrs)

Foundations of Interpretation --Free
How To Prepare an Interpretive Program --Free
Interpretation Through Time --Free

Social Media: 
Department of Interior Social Media Training -- Requires approval, mandatory for anyone with social media access. 


Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

West Texas has a lot to see and experience, but it is all separated by significant distances. Having a vehicle would allow for more exploration.

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

Fort Davis National Historic Site (FODA) has a three-bedroom apartment where the intern would be staying. This is shared housing.  The intern would be assigned to their own room.  There is no sharing of rooms.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

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