San Antonio Missions National Historical Park- San Antonio, TX

Urban Ranger 

Project:

The 2017 San Antonio Urban Ranger Program is an opportunity for a motivated student to serve as an Urban Ranger and lead activities at summer youth programs hosted by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. Urban Rangers will raise the youths’ awareness of — and improve their access to — outdoor and cultural experiences close to home. To accomplish this, Urban Rangers will lead the children on nature-based activities focused in highlighting natural spaces in urban environments.  In addition to serving as Urban Rangers, the LH Intern will also learn about the daily operation of a busy urban national park. They will spend part of every week working at the Visitor Center located at Mission San Jose to assist with staffing the desk, conducting roving interpretation, and assisting with special events.  Some of their main objectives will include: 

  • Lead program participants in activities which will encourage them to engage with the outdoors while also learning about the cultural history of the city. 
  • Tell the story of the missions and in discussing the location of the missions, program participants will recognize the importance of the San Antonio River as a cultural element and as a habitat. 
  • Teach urban youth about how they can explore, learn about, and protect our public lands including national parks

Qualifications:

  • Be comfortable with public speaking and working with children, especially ages 6-14
  • Experience in working with the public will also be helpful 
  • Motivation to learn the cultural and natural history of the park. 
  • Recommended, though not required, majors including communication, education, history, Latino studies, natural history, parks and recreation management, and geography.

About San Antonio Missions ­ San Antonio, Texas: 

San Antonio is a major metropolitan area with a population that is more than 60 percent Hispanic. Though the national park is located in a predominantly Hispanic part of town, Hispanics are underrepresented in park visitation and in outdoor recreation activities in general. The San Antonio Missions tell the stories of the people who came into the Spanish missions to live in the 1700s. Acculturating and converting the indigenous population in order to become Spanish citizens reverberates today in the southwest United States. 

To find out more, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/saan/learn/index.htm