From its headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office manages the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, a partnership-based entity that connects people to experiences of the region’s natural and cultural heritage and also helps conserve important landscapes. This office also coordinates watershed-wide efforts to achieve land conservation, public access, and citizen stewardship goals established under Executive Order 13508 (Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed) and the Chesapeake Bay Program. It is a true 21st Century partnership park that brings together many stakeholders in caring for the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay, and its watershed.

In a June 2019 survey of Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network partners, one of the needs most reported by respondents was help with fostering inclusive stewardship among diverse audiences, particularly Latino communities. The rise of Latino populations across the United States presents an important opportunity to connect with a historically excluded audience in meaningful, culturally relevant ways. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water trails Network seeks a DHA Resource Assistant to better engage Hispanic and Latino audiences as potential park stewards.

The Assistant will produce the following deliverables:

  • Survey and/or Observation Report of local parks
  • Community-based Social Marketing campaign
  • Presentation to NPS interpretive staff and leadership
  • Community profiles

These projects will inform interpretive planning and communications plans for NPS and partners.

This position is offered through the National Park Service’s Latino Heritage Internship Program in partnership with Environment for the Americas. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( “green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check