Job Type: Paid Internship
Salary Details: $8,960 stipend, prorated monthly
Deadline: Apr 16, 2023

Position Summary
The National Park Service is recruiting one Park Ranger Intern May/June through August/September 2023 to welcome and engage visitors to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

Overview
About Northwest Youth Corps (NYC): Northwest Youth Corps was created in 1984 to offer teenagers an education-based, work experience modeled after the historic Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. Today, we serve over 1,000 youth each year across a four-state region who restore critical habitat, build trails, lead volunteers, educate visitors, and respond to local and national disasters.

About the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
The Memorial is a unit of Minidoka National Historic Site that is collaboratively managed by the National Park Service and its partners to commemorate the first population of Japanese Americans forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated during World War II.

Duties and Responsibilities
Learn and conduct independent research in the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, with particular emphasis on the community of Bainbridge Island. Share this knowledge with visitors through formal and informal tours and the development of original publications, webpages, and content for social media. Work will be performed in collaboration with a Memorial-based National Park Service ranger and community members representing the other partners responsible for the collaborative management of the Memorial. Most of the work is performed outside, and the Memorial’s infrastructure is primitive (e.g., unpaved road, no running water, phone lines, or electricity). Some work will be in collaboration with staff of the Seattle unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and may involve travel to and around Seattle for training, meetings, and other purposes.

Specific activities include:

  • 20% – Learn and research the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, with particular emphasis on the community of Bainbridge Island.
  • 15% – Develop original publications, webpages, and content for social media.
  • 15% – Represent the National Park Service in community events and meetings with partners.
  • 50% – Provide formal and informal tours of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work outdoors, travel across uneven terrain, and assist the public in inclement weather.
  • Ability to positively represent the National Park Service and work collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to talk to the public to provide information and solve problems.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • A positive attitude.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Academic discipline or area of interest related to this position: history, education, humanities, Asian American studies, or other similar field(s).
  • College coursework in 20th century American history, World War II and Japanese American history and culture.
  • Knowledge of the Japanese American experience during World War II, Bainbridge Island cultural and natural history, the incarceration of Japanese Americans at Manzanar, Minidoka, and other concentration camps.
  • Experience in presenting informational or educational talks to the public.
  • Access to a personal vehicle (the Memorial is difficult to access via non-motorized and public transportation).

Duty Location
Duties are primarily performed at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Attendance at special events and meetings may occur throughout Bainbridge Island. Training may be offered in Seattle and/or Idaho. Interns will be required to provide their own housing.

Terms of Employment
Intern will complete a 640-hour program May/June through August/September 2023 and work 32-40 hours per week. (Weekend availability is a must!).

Program Benefits:

  • $8,960 total living allowance, prorated monthly.
  • $3,000 housing stipend.
  • Application Instructions
  • Application Deadline: April 16, 2023
  • Interviews: Will occur as qualified applications are received.
  • Type of position: Individual Placement Internship
  • Service Dates: May/June – August/September 2023
  • Length of Term: 640 hours

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references and completely fill out the application form found at https://nwyouthcorps.workbrightats.com/jobs/

Additional Information: If you have questions about the position, please contact Charles Beall at charles_beall@nps.gov. If you have any other questions, please contact Kate Sanders at 541-239-7122 or kates@nwyouthcorps.org.