Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks - California

Interpretative Experience Intern

Project:

The Interpretive Experience Intern  will explore innovative practices in bilingual education and help us create interpretive products that span a spectrum of language abilities. For this purpose, the intern will  develop and present personal and non-personal interpretive products, and share an evaluation with park staff by writing an article for the National Association of Interpreters Journal Legacy. This evaluation would guide efforts to develop similar interpretive products in the future, in this park and others. As part of their internship, they would also help organize a three-hour drop-in event for Latino Conservation Week that highlights the work of current park employees who identify as Latino. While organizing this event, the intern would conduct short oral histories, giving him or her an opportunity to explore career paths in the NPS and contribute to the park’s archives. Some of their main objectives will include: 

  • Develop  Spanish-language talk or walk programs in the Giant Forest to connect local Latinos with international visitors from the Spanish-speaking world
  • Develop a mixed-language evening program in the foothills to connect local Latinos with their non-Latino neighbors 
  • Craft eight English-language social media posts to introduce Latino perspectives on the park with followers
  • Organize and implement a Latino Conservation Week event 

Qualifications:

  • Completion of  introductory courses in natural sciences (e.g., astronomy, biology, ecology, geology, meteorology)
  • Experience researching topics in academic journals and summarizing their findings. 
  • Interest in developing public speaking skills 
  • Have strong skills in writing for subject matter experts. 
  • Ability to outline ideas and use a consistent process to evaluate the success of the interpretive products they create. ​

About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm): 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks receive many local Latino visitors. Because of California’s complex history, these visitors range from recent immigrants to people whose families lived here for generations before the area became part of the United States. Regardless of their histories, many of these visitors bypass traditional visitor centers, ranger-led programs, and park-produced media. They share a love of the park with visitors from other backgrounds, but rarely join the kinds of park-sponsored activities that would bring that shared love into focus. This park is committed to creating interpretive products that engage Latino visitors and give them the opportunity to connect with others over the resources that excite them. Visitors who engage with each other—across backgrounds—will be more likely to exercise joint stewardship and less likely to dismiss each other’s distinct ways of enjoying the park.