Historic Preservation Intern - Local Candidates Only

Expected Dates
June 3, 2018 to April 13, 2019
El Yunque National Forest
Position ID
The interns will be hosted at El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. 
El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest on the island and in the United States. It receives large amounts of rain creating a unique landscape highlighted by its waterfalls, lush vegetation, and diversity of species. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy the forest annually through the use of a recreation infrastructure built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s. As such the recreation experience in the El Yunque is heavily dependent on historic properties and historic infrastructure, including historic roads, trails and observation towers.
The forest was severely affected in 2017 by hurricanes Irma and Maria, causing widespread destruction to the natural and cultural resources in the forest. Many of the historic properties in the forest, which are eligible for inclusion in the National Register, received some level of damage and are in need of restoration.
The planned restoration work will serve to reestablish both the condition of the properties to standard, preserving the unique historic district located at El Yunque. The restoration work will also lay down the foundation for an overhauling of the recreation experience to the visitor through the restoration and repurposing of the damaged historic infrastructure in the forest, as well as greater integration of historic interpretation and visitor engagement with the properties.
The interns will be engaged in hands-on work scheduled to be conducted in some of the most iconic historic properties in the forest, including Bano de Oro, Stone House, and the National Register of Historic Places listed property Bano Grande.
The internship will also allow for a cooperative engagement with some of our partners including HistoriCorps and Amigos de El Yunque.
Throughout the experience, the interns will have the unique and historic opportunity of helping us restore this extremely significant place which is El Yunque while being able to enjoy the unique landscape and history of this rainforest and the island of Puerto Rico.
  • El Yunque National Forest is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System.
    The forest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 29,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico.
    The highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3,494 feet (1,065 m) above sea level. Ample rainfall (over 20 feet a year in some areas) creates a jungle-like setting with lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and many rivers. The forest has a number of trails and recreation infrastructure built by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs and the importance of the mountain for the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico.
    The forest is closely located to the major urban areas of San Juan, Carolina, Fajardo, and Humacao, making it a major tourist destination on the island, second only to Old San Juan. It receives around 1.2 million visits annually providing a world-class experience to its visitors.Beyond tourism and recreation, the forest is the largest natural reserve of the island hosting a variety of endangered and unique species, including the Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata).
  • On the job training in archaeology including surveying, historical research, technical writing, drafting, photography, etc.
    Mandatory training required by the agency might include anti-harassment policies training, CPR, Computer Security Awareness, etc.
  • Recreation activities in the area include hiking, photography, surfing, snorkeling, diving, zip lining, visits to historic sites, dining, concerts, etc.
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Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent without supervision