Cultural Resource Inventory Intern

Expected Dates
September 7, 2020 to September 5, 2021
National Park Service Regional Office- Santa Fe, NM
Position ID
This 52-week internship will provide the opportunity for a landscape architecture, architecture, architectural history, landscape history, cultural geography, or historic preservation student to develop project management skills in a fast-paced and complex regional office of the National Park Service. Under the mentorship of the Regional Historical Landscape Architect, this internship will support a diverse and wide-ranging set of preservation projects, with particular focus on the documentation of IMR Park cultural resource through the Cultural Resource Inventory System (CRIS) as part of a collaborative team.

These internships will focus on developing and applying a professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of historic landscape architecture, historic architecture as well as historic preservation.  The Cultural Resource Inventory System (CRIS) database houses a complex array of documentation efforts that are both the initial and updated records for cultural resources within the Intermountain Region of the NPS.  In addition to intensive fieldwork, analysis, and evaluation for new CRIS entries including Cultural Landscape Inventory and Historic Structures Inventory efforts, the student will focus on the complexities of modern data management in cultural resource management methods. This internship will allow the student to develop skills in project planning, design, condition assessments and other field documentation, and resource protection/conservation by working on an integrated resource projects throughout the Intermountain Region’s rich array of parks.  The interns will work under the supervision of the Regional Historical Landscape Architect, and work closely with the Regional Historian, Regional Historical Architect, and Regional Archeologist.

Schedules and Milestones will include the following project outlines undertaken by the intern. 1) It is expected that they will work on reviewing the regions CLI and HSI data within the CRIS database, develop a strategy to rectify inconsistencies with the different cultural resource data sets, and develop new methods for data collection and analysis; 2) Conduct CLI updates and HSI updates on landscapes and structures in three-five parks per year; 3) develop protocols for interfacing with other NPS division datasets and development management recommendations for park cultural resources coordinated with CLI/HIS updates and condition assessments.

The intern will utilize CAD, Adobe Illustrator, and GIS, as well as incorporate hand-drawn and photographic representation to document field conditions, proposed designs, and construction as-builts, as well as potential visual presentations to the Park, Park Partners or the visiting public.  Also required will be daily electronic communication with project and park staff, as well as aiding HPS staff when priorities shift (which they sometimes do daily).  Flexibility, computer literacy, and willingness to assist park staff at all stages of project execution are key components of this internship.

Exposure to park planning processes, resource protection, and facilities operations will be inherent to the internship, as well as involvement with other NPS regional staff, Park staff, Park Partners, and various municipal, non-profit, and academic partners.

Compensation Package:
  • $300- weekly living allowance
  • $1,100- round trip travel allowance
  • $5,000 duty related travel allowance
  • Housing included
  • $6,195 AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Health insurance (if elected)

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

  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Participation in 1-2 NPS sponsored training in related fields or academics conferences as applicable.
  • The student will be traveling to at least 3-5 parks in the region. They will be given ample time to recreate in parks that they will be conducting work efforts. The NPS will support the student attending 1-2 training and/or conferences per year.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
some experience
competent without supervision