National Park Service Youth Legacy Project

JACL is hiring summer interns to serve at each of three possible locations Manzanar (California), Minidoka (Idaho), and Klondike (Seattle). Please see descriptions of each site and tasks for each site below.

To apply, please submit your resume with a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the program and how you will be able to contribute to the internship given your experience, background and other qualifications. Please indicate which site(s) you are applying for. Internships are to begin immediately upon hire and are for eight weeks. Applications are due May 31, 2018 at 11:59 HST. Send resume and cover letter to with the subject – NPS Youth Legacy Project Application.

Each intern will receive $2,400 ($300/week) payment, a housing stipend, as well as air travel to and from the site that they are placed with should they need to relocate for their internship. Internships are for eight (8) weeks.

The description of tasks specific to each site are as follows:

Manzanar: The intern greets visitors on-site, orients the visitor to the site and valley resources and stories.  The intern might provide informal and formal programs to visitors, and assists with special events. The intern provides professional, courteous, and efficient services, useful and helpful information to park staff, visitors and other volunteers. The intern may also assist with other projects such as historical research, oral history, and interpretive media projects such as exhibits and publications.

The duties will include:

  • Providing visitors with information and stories about Manzanar’s layers of history.

  • Seeking out answers to visitor questions by utilizing National Park employees, written materials, photographs, oral history interviews, former incarcerees, websites, etc.

  • Roving site and answers visitor questions.

  • Helping assemble and photograph park brochures and flyers.

  • Assisting with Interpretive duties as assigned.

  • Supporting the oral history program as needed.

  • Assisting with planning and review of publications, exhibits, etc. as needed.

The intern will work with NPS staff and Manzanar History Association employees.

Minidoka: This is the position of an interpretive intern (intern) who performs a variety of tasks associated with the use and management of park resources. The purpose of the position is to supplement the permanent park ranger workforce by performing duties designed to (1) facilitate visitor understanding of park resources; (2) facilitate visitor enjoyment of the park and its resources; (3) facilitate and induce visitor behavior consistent with resource protection and to gain friendly compliance with the laws and rules for safe use of the park; and (4) encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide front end visitor services to the public. The intern will assist in Visitor Center operations. This includes informing visitors about park facilities and resources; providing guided tours for school groups and the public; operating a variety of audiovisual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive materials; using a register to perform bookstore duties that requires handling money; and assisting with keeping the facilities clean by sweeping, wiping, organizing, etc. Duties are performed on or off-site at locations designated by the park, e.g. visitor center, schools, public libraries, etc. The intern will learn about park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents previously prepared by park rangers and other professionals and by talking with park staff. The intern will conduct basic research of topics for the purpose of providing interpretive programs, both orally and/or in writing, and may presents a variety of formal and informal programs including orientation talks, education programs, and tours. The intern will provide assistance in connection with one-time or annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park and assists in the operations of special events.

As assigned, the intern will perform various administrative and/or cultural resource duties, e.g., compilation of statistical data, assisting with acquisition of collection items, processing donor information, etc.

Klondike: This position will provide much needed support in our community outreach efforts to inform and educate the public about the opportunities available in their local public lands, specifically Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Outdoor Recreation Information Center, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The intern will support designated park units around the Seattle area in expanding service-learning, service and community engagement programs and activities at those parks/units. The intern will join a dynamic team of rangers, volunteers, interns and park partners to expand engagement opportunities for urban communities to Seattle Area National Park Sites.

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