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Build Up Historic Preservation Training Center Communications Intern


HPTC Build Up Communications & Social Media Intern

Length: Term of position is 6 months; full-time 40 hrs/wk
Number of Positions 1
Location: Frederick, MD (Hybrid)
Living Allowance: $21.50/hour
Start Date: 3/20/2023
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application by 3/1/2023
Title of Position HPTC Build Up Communications and Media Intern


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placements (SIP) 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.

SIP in partnership with the National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center are seeking an individual for an exciting new opportunity as an HPTC Communications & Media Intern. The goal of this position is to provide a technical internship that facilitates the opportunity to learn the full scope HPTC programming. The Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) is dedicated to the safe preservation and maintenance of national parks or partner facilities by demonstrating outstanding leadership, delivering quality preservation services, and developing educational courses that fulfill the competency requirements of service employees in the career fields of Historic Preservation Skills, Risk Management, Maintenance, and Planning, Design, and Construction.

HPTC utilizes historic preservation projects as the main vehicle for teaching preservation philosophy and building crafts, technology, and project management skills. Our experiential learning approach emphasizes flexibility in addressing the unknown conditions encountered during the project and ensures that the goals of preservation are met.

This position will fall under the Communications/Media section of HPTC and will support the work in communicating about the great work HPTC does while assisting with some of the trainings HPTC hosts. Project focus for this position includes:


– Setting up, troubleshooting, and broadcasting the Thirsty Thursday training series based out of HPTC’s HQ. This training series assists field employees in brushing up and learning new skills.
– Communicating about HPTC work through social media. Currently this is a mostly untapped market for how we broadcast the amazing preservation work being completed by NPS staff and other interns to the public.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  1. Thirsty Thursday Training Series
    • Work with Training Manager to set up broadcast cameras and equipment.
    • Troubleshoot and maintain equipment for Thirsty Thursday series.
    • Test equipment and training locations with Training Manager for field-based classes.
  1. Social Media
    • Work with supervisor to post regular updates on HPTC project crews in the field on Facebook and Instagram
    • Monitor and respond to questions and messages
    • Share posts from NPS accounts and approved NPS partners
    • Receive training in, NPS Social Media regulations, responsibilities, and requirements as well as 504 and 508 compliance training.
  1. Photography
    • Work with supervisor to travel to HPTC project sited and capture high-quality, high-resolution images of crews and projects.
    • Photo editing and Alt text
  1. Training and Professional Development Opportunities
    • Sections 504 and 508 Compliance training
    • OSHA 10 safety
    • On-site PPE and job site safety

Qualification Requirements:

  • Ages 18-30 (Up to 35 with veteran status documentation)
  • Responsibility and time management skills to handle remote supervision and remote work
  • Very strong communication skills (writing/editing)
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to pass a federal background check
  • Education and/or experience in writing and managing social media for a non-profit, business, or government agency.
  • Education and/or experience in photography (preferred)


  • $21.50/hr (Full Time, 40 hours per week)
  • Health coverage available
  • Public Lands Corps hiring authority eligible
  • Flexible work schedule potential
  • Travel to National Park Service sites available
  • Networking across the National Park Service
  • Involvement in dynamic team, get experience in and have impact on a national program in the National Park Service
  • Exposure to many individuals in youth programs, historic preservation, and training world of National Park Service
  • Ample professional and individual development opportunities to be determined by intern and supervisor

How to Apply:
Please be prepared to submit a resume and cover letter as part of this application.

Gwennan Richmond
Stewards Program Coordinator