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National Park Service - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve - Chalmette Battlefield

Conservation Legacy

Conservation Legacy

Chalmette, LA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

National Park Service – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve - Chalmette Battlefield


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Chalmette, Louisiana

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Term of positions is 52 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Chalmette, Louisiana

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Title of Position

National Park Service – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve - Chalmette Unit Interpretation & Education Intern

Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, Chalmette Battlefield contains a reconstructed American rampart, an 1830s house, 100-foot-high Chalmette Monument, and outdoor exhibits for self-guided tours.

As a member of the Interpretation & Education Division of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, the intern will share the unique history of Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery through public education, living history, and hands-on service projects. The intern will benefit the Park and community by connecting people with their public lands, fostering a love of history in the next generation, and completing projects that will have a lasting impact on our nation's treasures. The intern will revitalize the Recognizing Our Roots program that introduces local high school students to living history at Chalmette Battlefield. They will establish regular volunteer service projects for the site, provide educational programs to the public, and foster connections in the community through outreach.

Position Responsibilities will include:

· Work with Chalmette Unit staff and Park partners to research, develop, plan, and facilitate educational programs and events.

· Support visitor center services and site operations.

· Use government email and networks to update sitewide calendar, visitor statistics, and collaborate with staff and partners.

· Work cross-divisionally with staff, volunteers, and local organizations to develop, plan, and facilitate volunteer projects for the Battlefield and Cemetery.

· Recruit, schedule, and lead a variety of volunteer activities, that may include: headstone cleaning, repairs, and resetting/realignment, vegetation removal, painting, general site maintenance/beautification, survey/research.

· Work with supervisor to identify project priorities, monitor progress, and set achievable goals.

· Reach and engage diverse communities/organizations in order to share the undertold stories and layered history of the site through in-person, written, and virtual communication.

· Participate in career fairs, tabling events, and visit community partners offsite.

· Assist the Communications Team in developing social media and website content by sharing ideas, photos, and information regarding projects, programs, and successes


· Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $ $7,395.00 (pre-tax).

· Living Allowance: $630/week (pre-tax)

· Trainings offered: Defensive Driving, Content Management System, Accessibility Compliance

Required Experience

Minimum Requirements:

· High School Diploma

· Valid US driver's license

· Age 18-30 at time of recruitment

· Commitment to learning new skills and perspectives in a diverse, inclusive environment

· Strong interest in history and public education

· Ability to work with young adults & children

· Basic computer skills

Preferred Qualifications:

· Bachelor's Degree in history, anthropology/archaeology, education, or a related field preferred

· Willingness to work outdoors in hot, humid, buggy conditions

· Prior experience/knowledge of living history, weapons demonstrations, sewing, carpentry, campfire cooking, historic preservation, or related craft/skill.