Internship Opportunity: Citizen Science and the National Park Foundation

Internship Opportunity: Citizen Science and the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is funding a paid internship position to work on a multi-park project involving water quality citizen science and environmental science education for high school students.They're looking for great candidates who live in the DC area. Current graduate students are preferred. 
 
Position Overview
 
The intern will support the planning, development, and initial implementation of the citizen science and shared learning components of this program, with an emphasis on coordinating and integrating across geographic locations. The intern will operate from a NPS office in Washington, DC and be supervised by NPS staff. Anticipated work schedule is 10-15 hours per week, with a specific schedule to be determined by the program leadership team.
 
The intern has the following essential functions/duties/tasks:
  • Research, recommend, and communicate about digital platforms for citizen science data collection and analysis (websites, mobile apps, databases, etc.);
  • Liaise among parks, partners, and the developers of the platforms to ensure local needs are incorporated into any on-going product development;
  • Identify existing databases, belonging to NPS or other organizations, related to water quality and watershed condition and recommend ways those databases can be incorporated into the project;
  • Research, recommend, and support the use of online collaboration and distance learning tools that enable participants across the country to connect with and learn from each other;
  • Support other communication and coordination needs such as researching funding sources, creating teacher resources, and assisting with publicity.
 
Desired Skills & Experience
  1. Experience with environmental science education involving data collection in the field;
  2. Experience with digital platforms and databases that can be used in hands-on environmental science
  3. Fluency with basic GIS (Arc-GIS or QGIS) tools and technologies related to education;
  4. Technical knowledge and skills needed to advise park and partner staff;
  5. Ability to communicate effectively by phone and on-line with diverse stakeholders in the service of informing and building consensus.
  6. Experience in tools related to data collection specifically related to watersheds;
  7. Experience with ArcGIS online, mobile GPS data collection, Microsoft Excel and Access, USGS NWIS data, and EPA 303 (d) program/data;
  8. Preferably, the candidate will have previous experience in a nonprofit or federal land managing agency.
 
Preferred education:
1. Bachelors degree required; graduate degree or graduate-degree in-process preferred
 
About NPF - The National Park Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. In 1872 America did something unprecedented; it set aside more than one million acres of wilderness for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. For more than 100 years, citizen involvement and private philanthropy have helped to improve, preserve and protect America’s national parks. Since it was established by Congress in 1967, NPF has sustained this legacy of private philanthropy. We are a small organization with a big mandate. Learn more about us at www.nationalparks.org. In 2016 the National Park Service celebrated a significant milestone—its 100th anniversary. It was a moment to celebrate and reflect – but most importantly an opportunity to re-introduce and reengage the American people to their national parks. 
BENEFITS
 
Metro transportation subsidy will be provided.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
 
Please forward resume and letter of interest in PDF format.