Title: 21st Century Conservation Intern
Location C&O Canal National Historical Park, Potomac, MD
Positions Available: 1 Internship
Dates: May 4th, 2022 – April 9th, 2023 (49 weeks)
Schedule: Wednesday – Sunday 8 am-4:30 pm
Status: This is a full-time, seasonal 1700 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
Contact: Questions? Email ACCrecruiting@conservationlegacy.org
Through interpretation and visitor services, the intern will assist with fulfilling the preservation mission of the National Park Service and the C&O Canal National Historical Park by providing relevant and provocative audience- centered experiences through a wide variety of interpretive and educational programming services.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park receives approximately 5 million visitors a year. To maintain relevancy, the C&O Canal must engage new and diverse audiences. To achieve this, the C&O Canal will recruit an intern to engage diverse audiences with 21st century interpretive methods including living history programming. Traditional interpretive practices are becoming less effective at providing enjoyment and connections for audiences, while social, technological, and demographic changes provide a demand and opportunity for developing skills for 21st century citizenry through continuous growth and exploration. Utilizing the park’s primary interpretive themes, the interns will develop new 21st century interpretive and visitor use programs that incorporate the replica Charles F. Mercer canal boat, historic Great Falls Tavern, and adjacent scenic landmarks such as the Great Falls on the nearby Potomac River.
The intern will promote a closer relationship between the park and the large visitor community through a wide variety of interpretive and visitor use engagement methods. This includes staffing an outdoor contact station, informal roving in areas of the park with high potential for visitor contact, and through popular formal programming. The intern’s job responsibilities will increase visitor understanding of the organization’s mission which in turn ensures environmental protection of the park’s unique cultural and natural resources.
$500/week + benefits
Potomac, MD, USA