Historic Preservation Interns

Expected Dates
October 4, 2021 to September 25, 2022
Historic Preservation Program, IMR-Cultural Resources
Position ID
Love cultural resources, historic preservation, and the American west? Join the National Park Service, Historic Preservation Services team in one of three 51-week internships providing resource management skills in a fast-paced and complex regional office. These internships will support a diverse and wide-ranging set of preservation projects in parks throughout the greater Rocky Mountain area. One internship each is available in: Historic Structures (Historical Architecture), Cultural Landscapes (Historical Landscape Architecture), and History.

These internships will focus on developing and applying a professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of landscape architecture, architecture, and historic preservation. Work will involve intensive fieldwork, research, analysis, and evaluation in creating cultural resource documentation. This information is entered into records within a cultural resource management database. The internships will support development in project planning, design, condition assessments and other field documentation, and resource protection/conservation by working on an integrated resource projects in multiple National Park units. 

The interns will utilize CAD, Adobe Illustrator, and GPS/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 lending assistance to HPS staff when priorities shift (which they sometimes do on a daily basis). Flexibility, computer literacy, and willingness to assist park staff at all stages of project execution are key components of this internship.

This is a great opportunity to also gain exposure to park planning processes, resource protection, and facilities operations, as well engage with other NPS regional staff, Park staff, Park Partners, and various municipal, non-profit, and academic partners.

Learn more about the NPS Cultural Landscapes program:

Learn more about the NPS Historic Structures program:

Learn more about the NPS History program:

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,000 - monthly housing allowance
  • $285 - weekly living allowance
  • $3,500 - duty related travel
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($6,195 education award and health insurance if elected)

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

  • Santa Fe is New Mexico’s capital. It sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills at just over 7,000 feet in elevation. The town is bustling with the arts, cultural history, and recreation opportunities.
  • Field training in site documentation for historic landscape resources; Office training in project management, research, and analysis; Other training opportunities in historic preservation as they arise.
  • See job description. 
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
some experience
some experience
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience