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CRDIP Landscape Architect- Independence National Historical Park

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a Landscape Architect Member interested in dedicating 11 weeks to support Independence National Historical Park in preparing an updated condition assessment and treatment master plan to guide future landscape management.

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Start Date: May 23, 2022

End Date: August 5, 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.

Location: Independence National Historical Park- Philadelphia, PA

Established in 1948, Independence National Historical Park, preserves and interprets many of the most important resources associated with the American Revolution and the founding and growth of the United States of America. The centerpiece of the park is Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution were debated and adopted in the 18th century.

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Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $455/week to offset the costs of housing, food, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing will be provided at no cost by the park.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,342.86) upon successful completion of service hours.

Position Description: ​​The focus of this internship will be Washington Square Park. Originally known as Southwest Square, Washington Square belongs to a group of five squares originally laid out by William Penn and his surveyor-general Thomas Holm in 1682 when they established the street grid for the city of Philadelphia. Today Washington Square is a 6.4-acre urban park bounded by city streets and adjoining Independence Square at its northeast corner and is managed as a part of Independence National Historical Park. To begin to address the needs of this significant landscape, a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) was completed for the Square in 2010. This report included important information on the Square's history and its current condition and made recommendations for future treatment. Washington Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of Four Public Squares of Philadelphia Thematic Resource nominations.

The Landscape Architect Member will prepare an updated condition assessment and treatment master plan to guide future landscape management. They will work under the direction of the Park's Chief of Cultural Resources and will also be working and consulting with the Park's Asset Preservation and Maintenance (facilities) Division, the Park's Landscape Architect, NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and the Society Hill Civic Association; a philanthropic partner that works cooperative with the park to maintain the site. Historic research, review of previously written landscape plans; climate change research and plant selection are anticipated and will be included as a part of the project. Findings of the project will be summarized in a detailed landscape treatment report, which will illustrate graphically the proposed treatment. A landscape maintenance plan will be included as a part of this project.

While work will be done from the Park's headquarters located in the Merchant's Exchange Building, it is expected that a significant amount of time will be spent in the field. It is also anticipated that the ACE member will attend a virtual intern training program with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. NPS landscape specialists knowledgeable about the Park and the development of landscape plans will be called upon to assist and review as needed.



  • Competitive applicants for this position will hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and/or have relevant experience in Cultural Landscape Preservation/Management
  • Computer literate with proficiency in Autodesk AutoCAD, ArcMap and Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Ability to communicate proficiently orally and in writing
  • 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
  • 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 Monday, March 7th

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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