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CRDIP Cultural History Educator- Everglades National Park

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Cultural History Educator interested in dedicating 11 weeks to support Everglades National Park in researching and developing historic and scientific educational materials about the park.

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Start Date: June 6, 2022

End Date: August 19, 2022

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces students, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. Applicants must be 18-30 (up to 35 for Veterans) and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. CRDIP participants will have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars as well as write blogs or create videos about their projects throughout the summer.

A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.

DHA applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to various stakeholders at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site. After successful completion of the internship, and graduation from their degree program, the intern will receive DHA non-competitive hiring eligibility.

Location: Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. It's an international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.

For more information regarding Everglades Park, please visit their NPS website:

Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $560/week to offset the costs of housing, food, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is not provided and is the responsibility of the ACE member.

Position Description: ​​The Everglades Cultural History Educator will work with the park's Division of Resource Education and Interpretation, our archives program under the South Florida Collection Management Center and park scientist under the South Florida Natural Resource Center to research and develop curriculum about the area in the park identified as the "Hole in the Donut" (HID). This area of the park, 6,300 acres, was historically farmland beyond the establishment of Everglades National Park in 1947. This unique situation presents opportunities for developing relevant activities for students where we can still see evidence today how history and science come together.

Although restoration of the HID began in the mid 1980's, this is a new area for the park's education program. Using the park's archives, the ACE member will use existing sources to collect stories and photographs from the farmers and could connect to the individuals from the current agriculture community just outside the boundaries of Everglades National Park. These interactions could offer a deeper understanding of the history to those of the original farming families. The ACE member will research historic land use and then connect with our scientists to develop a better understanding of present day restoration and land use mitigation. They will help create curriculum materials that showcase our park's rich history and help to develop an understanding of land use and the value of conservation in National Parks. The information will be used to begin to develop lesson plans for teachers, and will serve as a bank of information for future lessons. They will be paired with a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher who can help guide the lesson plan writing.

Since Everglades National Park was set aside for its biodiversity, the ACE member will also receive substantial training to better understand the complexities of the park's ecosystem. Additionally, they will be introduced to multiple aspects of park operations including visitor services and conducting research field work. Ideally, the Cultural History Educator will also develop a short interpretive talk or guided walk about the park's resources. Interpretive staff and online courses from the Eppley Institute will help guide the program.



  • Must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program
  • Background in Education, History, Parks and Recreation, Environmental, Physical, or Biological Sciences, or other related field
  • Comfortable sharing ideas, conversing with others, and speaking to the public
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the time they start their term or request a medical or religious exemption

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Jen Wells at

This position will close on Friday, March 4, 2022

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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