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National Park Service – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve – Barataria Unit Interpretation & Education Intern


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Barataria, Louisiana

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Term of positions is 52 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Marrero, Louisiana

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Title of Position

National Park Service – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve –  Barataria Unit Interpretation & Education Intern

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.

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. With more than 26,000 acres of wild Louisiana wetlands, the Barataria Preserve's hardwood forest, swamp, bayous, and marsh offer trails, picnic areas, fishing, hunting (in season and with permits), and wildlife viewing.


As a member of the Interpretation & Education Division of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, the intern will share the unique natural landscape of Barataria Preserve through public education, interpretive programs, and hands-on service projects. The intern will benefit the Park and community by connecting people with their public lands, fostering a love of nature in the next generation, and completing service projects that will have lasting impacts on our nation's treasures. The intern will revitalize summer programs for young adults and children. They will establish regular volunteer service projects, provide educational opportunities for the public, and foster connections in the community through outreach.

Position Responsibilities will include:

·         Work with Barataria Unit staff and Park partners to research, develop, plan, and facilitate educational programs and events.

·         Support visitor center services and site operations.

·         Use government email and networks to update sitewide calendar, visitor statistics, and collaborate with staff and partners.

·         Work cross-divisionally with staff, volunteers, and local organizations to develop, plan, and facilitate volunteer projects for the Barataria Preserve.

·         Recruit, schedule, and lead a variety of volunteer activities, that may include trail repairs, trash pick-up, vegetation trimming/removal, painting, general site maintenance/beautification, survey/research.

·         Work with supervisor to identify project priorities, monitor progress, and set achievable goals.

·         Reach and engage diverse organizations in order to share the cultural history, natural wonder, and effects of climate change on Southeast Louisiana through in-person, written, and virtual communication.

·         Participate in career fairs, tabling events, and visit community partners offsite.

Assist the Communications Team in developing social media and website content by sharing ideas, photos, and information regarding projects, programs, and successes


·         Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $ $7,395.00 (pre-tax).

·         Living Allowance: $630/week (pre-tax)

·         Trainings offered: Defensive Driving, Content Management System, Accessibility Compliance


Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

·         High School Diploma

·         Valid US driver's license

·         Age 18-30 at time of recruitment

·         Commitment to learning new skills and perspectives in a diverse, inclusive environment

·         Strong interest in history and public education

·         Ability to work with young adults & children

·         Basic computer skills

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Bachelor's Degree in biology, Earth Science, education, or related field preferred

·         Willingness to work outdoors in hot, humid, buggy conditions

·         Prior experience/knowledge of citizen science programs, Louisiana nature & wildlife, hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, Scouting organizations, or related skills

This position is located in Barataria, LA. View the Google Map in full screen.