How would you like to serve as a front-line field representative of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and an integral member of the park’s planning team? LHIP Interpretation and Education interns provide interpretation for visitors and facilitate enjoyment of the park by encouraging a sense of understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of resources. They will serve both in the park and the local community, at the visitor center, in the historic village, and on trails to provide interpretive services and educational opportunities for visitors.
Interpretation and Education interns will conduct cultural and natural resources research and present both informal and formal programs for visitors of all ages including orientation talks, conducted walks, and demonstrations. For years park educational staff have focused primarily on historical interpretation – we are ready to broaden our engagement to include visitors of differing backgrounds and interests including recreation, natural history, and the surrounding landscape and its resources.
The intern will also play a role in helping Hopewell Furnace management team sharpen its strategy to connect with educational institutions including public school districts, home school cooperatives, parochial schools, and area colleges and universities. These are important constituencies for Hopewell Furnace. Building relationships with area educational organizations and institutions is critical to the long-term sustainability and success of Hopewell's educational programs. The LHIP intern will also incorporate positive change by strengthening community engagement via social media promotion and outreach, and will be expected to serve as a member of the park-wide event planning teams, to share ideas, provide feedback, and to offer support on the day of events.
The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site management team seeks a highly flexible, motivated, and spirited candidate to help broaden our community engagement and programming at the park. The candidate must have exceptional initiative and be driven to serve the National Park Service and the local community in a professional, conscientious manner. The applicant must be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, possess outstanding organizational skills, and be ready to participate in all aspects of park programs.
Relevant Educational Background/Majors: Education, Environmental Education, Public History, Sociology, Wildlife Conservation, Natural Resources, Biology, Geology, Ecology, Chemistry, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism or related program.