Cultural History Education
One of the themes in this project is the need to preserve the local stories, specifically stories that may be lost or watered down from generation to generation. For this reason, the intern will work with park Education and Cultural Resources staff to use existing sources and seek out additional background material to create a library of oral history submissions and other relevant photographs or artifacts in support of the curriculum for demonstrating how national parks preserve our histories. Additionally, the intern will work together with other interns to collect stories relating to the Cold War period of history in South Florida from multiple generations. In this role, they will collect, document and identify relevant stories and correlate them to the lesson plan.
Another aspect of this project is focusing on the newly finalized a pilot version of the Cold War Nike Missile Site curriculum. The intern will be partnered with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to learn how to apply curriculum standards, write lesson plans, and create appropriate assessment tools. This team will be responsible for creating, marketing and leading the teacher workshop for teachers, making the material relevant and meaningful to both the teachers the students, as well as identifying middle and high schools to pilot the program.
Lastly, since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the intern will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park's ecosystem. For this purpose, the selected intern will also be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including working in a visitor center and conducting research fieldwork. Ideally, in this capacity, the intern will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park's resources.
- All degrees may be considered, but preferred fields of study include Education; History; Environmental, Physical, or Biological Sciences; Parks and Recreation; or similar studies related to the project.
About Everglades National Park:
- Work is carried out in both indoor and outdoor environments:
- All indoor work is in air-conditioned, climate-controlled environments.
- All outdoor work during the summer months is subject to high heat,
- Expect high humidity and regular thunderstorms/rain.
- Nearest grocery store, medical, and other services are available in Homestead Florida located approximately 10 miles from in park housing.
- Everglades National Park is surrounded by the ethnic and cultural diversity of modern South Florida, one of the most diverse communities in the USA.
About Everglades National Park:
Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands, mangrove swamps and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other. The Everglades are typically hot and humid from May through November. Temperatures reach average highs of 90°F, with humidity over 90%, and a heat index of over 100°F. Wet conditions and higher temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape.