Job Listing
🔗Cultural Landscape Planning Intern – 560 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Brookline, MA
  • 22.00 USD / Hour
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
  • Job Reference #: 4111
  • Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge Preferred:
    Academic coursework and/or practical exposure to the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of landscape architecture and/or historic landscape preservation.
    Knowledge of basic horticultural principles and practices, including identification and condition assessment of woody plant material.  This knowledge applies to conducting field assessment of park landscapes.

  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Physical Demands:  The work requires regular physical exertion such as walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven and/or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, or reaching to observe, collect and/or record field data. In other situations, there may be special requirements for strength, agility, or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination, in addition to, prolonged standing or other sedentary work. 
  • Contact Name:

Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), the founder of American landscape architecture, moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.

The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site preserves and interprets the cultural landscape, historic design studio, and archives of the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation’s foremost parkmaker.

The successful candidate will work alongside park staff to assist with documenting existing conditions, creating illustrative plans, drawings, photo/digital simulations, etc. to support ongoing stewardship practices, and assisting with maintaining the historically significant landscape at the Site. The internship includes hand-on landscape preservation maintenance fieldwork, monitoring condition and inventorying of existing plantings, documenting landscape change and contributing to developing recommendations for sustaining historic character and appearance of the landscape.  An engaging program of training, field excursions, and educational opportunities are offered as part of the internship experience.

Target start date: May 20, 2024

Target end date: August 18, 2024

Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Weekend work will be required.

Key Duties include:
Collects and organizes landscape research and documentation while: Applying landscape architectural principles, methods, and techniques to landscape research, planning and treatment
Applies definitions and criteria of current park collections in further developing, documenting and analyzing cultural landscapes.
Presents research findings and recommendations graphically and in writing: Writes descriptive, clear and grammatically correct narrative text
Uses computer software including word processing and spreadsheet software including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Uses computer software including the Adobe Creative Software Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to layout documents and to produce maps, illustrations and other graphic content.
Employs GIS technology and other mapping and modeling software to accomplish accurate documentation of park landscapes.
Produces legible site plans and three‐dimensional digital site models.
Uses computer software, including ESRI ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro to prepare accurate site maps that comply with a pre‐defined graphic template.
Uses computer software, including Trible Sketchup, Rhino3D and Autodesk Revit to prepare digital landscape models of existing, proposed, and future site conditions.

This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.

Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate.  Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.