NPS Internship Climate Change-Material Science-Historic Preservation

NPS Intern Position Announcement:

The NPS George M. Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative internship
program has a summer internship located at National Park Service’s
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), located
on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, that
has re-opened. This internship is open to undergraduate and 1st year
graduate students. Graduating seniors are eligible, as are students
enrolling in graduate school or who are just completing their 1st year of
graduate school.

This project will integrate climate change models with the science of
historic preservation. The intern will work closely with NPS material
scientists and historic preservation specialists and the NPS Climate
Change Response team to develop critical baseline information about the
thresholds of historic buildings and materials to environmental change.
For example, what are the effects of increased humidity or rainfall
intensity on historic mortar? On wooden roofs? This information will be
used throughout the NPS as it develops adaptation plans for its historic
structures and cultural landscapes for coming decades.

The project will be located at NCPTT with some local fieldwork in the
Natchitoches and New Orleans areas. The salary is $12 per hour. The intern
should be enrolled in or have completed a four year degree program with a
focus or degree in with primary coursework in: heritage preservation,
materials science/architecture, or environmental science, with additional
coursework in anthropology, geography, or historical fields relevant to
issues of climate change and heritage, the geographic or biological
sciences (e.g., geography, ecology, biology, geology), and/or civil and
environmental engineering. The ideal candidate has intermediate to
advanced GIS skills, experience working in small teams with effective
communication skills including report writing, and good interpersonal

The position will remain open until Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Students may apply at AND they should send an email to to notify the program of their application.

Please forward to your advising staff, students, fellow faculty, and any
other interested parties. And for questions, please contact the program
coordinator, Adrienne Karpov, at email ( or at 206-616-5350.