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Stewards Intern: JELA Environmental Change Steward

Individual Placement/Internships

Marrero, LA
ID: 2994-984


Term of positions is 47-48 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


New Orleans, Louisiana metro area [especially Marrero, LA]

Living Allowance:

Weekly Living Allowance of $450

AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Maximum value of education award is $6,195.00 (pre-tax).

Start Date:

February 2022

Application Due Date:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting immediately

Title of Position

Stewards Intern: JELA Environmental Change Steward



Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

SIPP, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), seeks an intern who will work with Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (JELA) Resource Management (RM) staff to monitor ongoing environmental change and assess ecological responses at the park’s Barataria Preserve.  This program focuses on the rapid rate of relative sea level rise in the Preserve’s predominantly freshwater Mississippi River deltaic wetlands.  Working closely with JELA’s ecologist and RM staff to inform adaptation planning needs, Steward interns will establish subsidence and hydrology monitoring stations, collect and analyze data, and measure coastal wetland responses to increasing flooding.  Stewards also will monitor invasive species biological control effectiveness and develop public and professional outreach for one or more of these projects.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  • establishing monitoring tools to learn about rapid environmental – especially hydrologic – change at the Barataria Preserve, focusing on new park lands and major restoration and mitigation projects,
  • sustaining field data collection for the entire hydrology and elevation monitoring array (EHMA), and for other ongoing environmental and biological monitoring projects,
  • continuing to develop and implement data processing and data stewardship protocols for this and other long-term monitoring projects,
  • analyzing data from one or more of these projects, highlighting new place-based understanding and addressing management-relevant concerns and decisions, and
  • developing and monitoring other tools or programs to assess key environmental changes and biological responses to these changes.

As time and interest allow, JELA RM will encourage Environmental Change Stewards to

  • identify and support opportunities for involving volunteers in this work,
  • work with JELA interpretive staff to develop programs or presentations that communicate the goals and findings of one or more of these projects with public audiences,
  • document each monitoring program following NPS guidance and report formats, and
  • share the new understanding and findings we develop with professional audiences.



  • living allowance will be $450/week (pre-tax)
  • Upon successful completion of the program, the Steward will be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award; the award value ranges from $2,907 to $6,195 (pre-tax) depending on length of service.
  • 47-48 week position includes basic health insurance and allows some personal time off (PTO)
  • position provides informal hands-on training in a range of coastal wetlands environmental and ecological sampling approaches, tools and equipment
  • Formal training opportunities are likely to include motor vehicle driving safety, basic first aid and CPR, and might include GIS skills, the National Park Service’s introduction to interpretation, and/or a motorboat operator certification course.

For More Information

Contact Patricia Silva – Stewards Program Coordinator


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Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Required Skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • completion of semi-independent environmental or biological research or project development
  • data analysis experience via upper level coursework and/or research involvement
  • experience working in wetland ecosystems, and/or comfort working outdoors in hot, humid and buggy conditions in terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems

Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in biology, geology, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field
  • sound scientific skills including strong curiosity, an open mind, and basic graphical and statistical data analysis skills
  • prior experience with ecological or environmental field work
  • demonstrated ability to work both as a team member and independently
  • valid US drivers license
  • commitment to further developing data skills and written and oral communication skills
  • strong interest in engaging natural resource stewardship or in addressing environmental / conservation stewardship via targeted “applied” or “translational” study
  • ***Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of employment and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting***

This position is located at 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA. View the Google Map in full screen.