Education and Interpretation Intern - Antietam National Battlefield

  • Appalachian Conservation Corps
  • Sharpsburg, MD, USA
  • Jan 10, 2022
Internship- Paid Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Cultural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Faculty/Instructor

Job Description

Title: Education and Interpretation Individual Placement at Antietam National Battlefield

Location: 302 E Main St, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Positions Available: 1 Internship

Position Dates: March 21st, 2022 – September 16th, 2022 (26 weeks)

Pay Rate: $15/hr

Status: 40 hours/week, Full-Time/Temporary 

Contact: accrecruiting@conservationlegacy.org

The deadline to apply to this position February 31st, 2022.

 

 

The Appalachian Conservation Corps:

The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit whose mission is to engage motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy.

 

Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.  

 

Position Summary:

The Education and Interpretation Individual Placement is an internship based at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Individual Placement (IP) will work with and report directly to National Park Service Staff. Antietam National Battlefield is a National Park Service-protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Washington County, northwestern Maryland. It commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862.  The area, situated on fields among the Appalachian foothills near the Potomac River, features the battlefield site and visitor center, a national military cemetery, stone arch Burnside's Bridge, and a field hospital museum.

 

The Education and Interpretation Individual Placement will be responsible for coordinating, preparing and presenting programs for the general public, splitting their time between the park visitor center, and local schools. At the park visitor center, the intern will present Battlefield Orientation Talks, working the information desk, providing informal interpretation, and presenting living history programs. In schools, presentations include hands-on, curriculum-based, Parks as Classrooms programs to students in preschool through college. This position is focused on engaging the public by sharing information on the history of the park, while developing skills like public speaking and interpersonal communication.

 

IPs receive formal training in interpretation and education skills, Civil War History, customer service, and safety plus on-the-job training in presenting interpretive and education programs and park operations. Additional training and professional development opportunities may also be available. If you love learning, sharing what you’ve learned with others, and working hard in a team environment, this position will be incredibly rewarding.

General Qualifications:

  • Public speaking and presentation skills and abilities
  • Interest and/or knowledge in U.S. History and the Civil War
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must pass National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check
  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professionalism in working with project partners and park visitors
  • Background in customer service or education/teaching/public presentation
  • Two year degree or relevant experience in education, parks and recreation, or history
  • Background in interpretation and/or education
  • Interest in pursuing a career with a public land management agency
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting

 

Benefits

  • Member Assistance Program– 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist 
  • Uniform shirts provided
  • On-the-job training
  • Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered
  • Depending upon the academic institution and program, Individual Placement positions may fulfill academic internship requirements 
  • Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths 

Job Level

Entry-level

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$15/hour

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