Title: Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Interns
Location: Based out of Jamestown, VA (work locations to include Yorktown and Gloucester, VA with some other work-related training opportunities that may require additional travel)
Positions Available: 2 Internships
Estimated Position Dates: 26 weeks with an estimated start date in July, August or September 2022 (flexible)
Status: This is a full-time, 900 hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
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Due to funding requirements, this position prioritizes applicants from Native American communities.
The Werowocomoco Ancestral Lands Individual Placement is based at Colonial National Historical Park (Colonial NHP) in Yorktown, Virginia. The National Park Service staff at Colonial NHP and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail are responsible for the protection of Werowocomoco in Gloucester VA. National Park Service staff in consultation with seven tribal partners is gathering information about Werowocomoco, understanding it as a Native place, and preparing Werowocomoco to open to the public.
Werowocomoco is an internationally significant Native place where the leader Wahunsenacawh, also known as Powhatan, lived and received the newly arrived English leaders. Archeology shows that Native people had been coming to Werowocomoco for thousands of years, and that by the year 1200, many homes were placed there along the river bluff. The interior of the site included landscape features that marked it as a place of leadership.
Continuing in 2022, the National Park Service will host two people in this Individual Placement program that will introduce participants to major aspects of national park operations. Individual Placements will train with staff from four divisions at Colonial NHP -- Interpretation & Education, Law Enforcement, Facility Management, and Resource Management -- and then work with staff to apply new skills at and for Werowocomoco as circumstances allow. Examples of training and projects may include: developing educational programs such as a Junior Ranger activity book and curricula, surveying and estimating the deer population at Werowocomoco, inventorying native and invasive plant species, assisting with archeological monitoring, observing patrols of Werowocomoco by law enforcement rangers, caring for the grounds and buildings at Werowocomoco. This is a representative list and will vary depending on the needs of the property at the time. The long-term goal is for the participants to develop career paths leading to opportunities at Werowocomoco. The position provides the Individual Placement with noncompetitive hiring authority under the Public Lands Corps Act. This hiring authority lasts for two years and makes the Individual Placement eligible for certain job positions within the NPS.