Signing and Partnerships along National Historic Trails

Expected Dates
July 13, 2020 to July 10, 2021
National Park Service-National Trails
Position ID
This 52-week internship is based on a grant from the Partnership for the National Trails System and will allow for a trail intern to help plan for National Historic Trail (NHT) road/pedestrian signing and development along the Pony Express NHT, California NHT, and other national historic trails as time permits. The intern will assist trail partners and the NPS trail administration office with developing and implementing GIS-based sign plans to increase the public awareness and visibility of the national historic trails. The intern will communicate with a range of federal, nonprofit and other trail partners to collaborate on signing and development activities. Intern work will significantly increase the capacity of volunteer partners in the planning, signing, and development of the 9 NHTs administered by NTIR over the internship year. As time permits, the intern may assist with creating social media content, or participate on other national trail projects to further their professional development and enhance the trails for the public.
This internship will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain communication skills interacting with trail partners and agency staff, as well as exposure to technical skills like GIS, and design software including Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.  The intern will work directly with NTIR landscape architecture staff in an interdisciplinary work environment, which also includes specialists in cultural resource management, interpretation, GIS/mapping, and history. The intern will gain an understanding of the complexities of NHT preservation and development across the NTS, and the evolving system of signage that helps make the trails more visible to the public. We envision the intern making deep connections with the volunteers and partner organizations that make up the heart of the NTS.
  • This position will be primarily located in an office setting, with occasional trips to national historic trail sites in various parts of the country.
  • Orientation to: National Trails System and the office’s role in the system; the NHTs, trail associations, signing program & safety training. Individual will learn and/or build upon existing ArcGIS, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop skills.
  • Santa Fe County is rich with green spaces and trail systems, and national parks, national forests, and BLM lands can be reached in just minutes. Concerts in the plaza, an outdoor opera, museums, history, farmers markets and more await.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
some experience
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision