Historic Preservation: Landscape Architect and Architect

Expected Dates
August 22, 2022 to August 20, 2023
Historic Preservation Program, IMR-Cultural Resources
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, has the following opportunity in the Santa Fe, NM office Division of Cultural Resources:
  1. Historic Preservation – Landscape Architect

This paid, professional internship will provide training and experience in cultural resource management in the NPS across an eight-state region of the west: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Incumbents are expected to understand history as it applies to architecture and landscape architecture through time as you will be working directly with buildings, structures, and landscape features, both in a database and in the field.


  • Conduct archival research and write site context histories.
  • Read and understand existing documentation for landscapes and/or historic buildings.
  • Identify and correctly describe and document elements of landscape design and/or architectural features.
  • Prepare materials for data collection in the field, which may include helping organize a workshop.
  • Carry out assessments on the condition of cultural resources at several national park units.
  • Post-process field information and enter it into an NPS database.


  • 21 and over
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in historic preservation, landscape architecture, architecture, cultural geography, historic archeology, public history or related field.
  • Knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act, National Register of Historic Places, and other law, policy, and practice pertaining to historic preservation in the United States (preferred).
  • Understanding of MS Office products (required), Adobe products (preferred), and GIS (preferred).
  • Able to relocate to Santa Fe, NM for duration of the internship, and travel to parks as assigned to carry out projects.
  • Detail-oriented and can work well in teams or individually; receptive to feedback.

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:

  • $340 - weekly living allowance
  • $1,500 - monthly housing allowance (booked by SCA)
  • $3,500 - duty related travel
  • Health insurance

This position is NOT AmeriCorps eligible. 

*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