Position Title: Natural Resource Management Assistant
Park Unit: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston National Historical Park
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Number of positions available: 2
Can this position be fully remote: NO

Duration: 52 Weeks (not flexible)
Start Date: 10/06/2024
Flexible Start Date: YES

Weekly Stipend: $665.00
Relocation Allowance: $400.00

CURRENT NUMBER OF APPLICANTS: Under 75 (This posting will close after receiving 75 complete applications or at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 16 June, whichever occurs first.)

A set of three-to-five year-long interns will build on the 2023-24 pilot year of the National Parks of Boston’s Climate Conservation Corps (NPB-CCC), which has established a programmatic structure at NPB to support a new SIP intern “crew.” The goals of the NPB-CCC are to (1) provide real climate response outcomes for the parks and (2) provide experiences for early-career young adults in climate response – related work. The NPB-CCC is unique in the Service, demonstrating the promise of the American Climate Corps vision, and hopefully serving as inspiration to other parks and climate corps throughout the NPS.

The structure of the NPB-CCC provides both group and individual impacts -- the first half of the program year is spent mostly in a team setting for training, orientation, and project work, then in the second half each member focuses on independent projects that match their skills, experiences and career goals with park climate-focused priorities.

Interns will work as an integrated team alongside an NPB-CCC Program Manager and a Strategic Planning Coordinator, as coordinated by park staff across NPB work groups, helping plan and implement climate response projects. The work will be integrated into an NPB climate response strategic plan, led by the incoming Climate Change Response Program Manager (3-yr IRA TERM position), and aligning with the NPS Green Parks Plan and the NPS Climate Change Response Program.

Initial primary project areas are:

(1) Salt Marsh Climate Adaptation Planning and Science (THIS Project)

(2) Climate Change Education for Public and Student Audiences

(3) Climate-Smart Planning for the Future Charlestown Navy Yard Landscape

Salt Marsh Climate Adaptation Planning and Science:

For the first time in history, modern sea level rise projections estimate salt marsh inundation rather than salt marsh survival through migration. Salt marshes are among the most important ecological habitats for biodiversity and flood storage, and also provide high rates of carbon sequestration to help mitigate climate change. They serve as natural carbon sinks, absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and mitigating its effects on global climate change. Additionally, salt marshes act as a buffer against erosion, protecting coastlines from storm surges and sea level rise. Their dense vegetation also functions as a natural filtration system, removing pollutants from water before it reaches coastal ecosystems. Furthermore, salt marshes provide vital habitats for numerous fish and shellfish species, supporting biodiversity and commercial fisheries. Working from a baseline established by the pilot NPB-CCC in 2023-24, the SIPs will collect data on existing and potential future salt marsh extent and zonation across all of the Boston Harbor Islands. The SIPs will quantify changes in vegetation as well as storm and tide – based flooding of existing marshes and low-lying areas that could convert into marshlands, and will qualitatively assess landscapes (and provide educational images) through repeated photo monitoring efforts. The interns will also quantify carbon storage benefits. Given the partnership context of BOHA properties, these efforts will also involve extensive communication with park staff, researchers, and partner landowners. These efforts will be integrated into the workflow from the ongoing NPS R1 Salt Marsh Structured Decision-making project.

Members of the NPB-CCC will learn how to be interdisciplinary climate scientists, landscape planners, and educators as they navigate critical issues at NPB. All projects must have a direct connection to climate change. Projects will have both direct, tangible impacts to park landscapes and ecosystems as well as intangible yet important impacts on park staff, partners, and public through programs and by demonstrating NPS’ commitment to climate adaptation.

Specifically, at BOHA interns will continue to digitally map and monitor changing low-lying coastal areas that are existing or potential future salt marsh habitats, incorporating natural and built features (e.g. trails). This will provide NPS and management partners key information for adapting these landscapes for conservation and recreation goals.

Charlestown Navy Yard faces increased flooding and a worsening urban heat island effect, so interns will be tasked with merging cultural/historic preservation needs and climate-smart planning for future landscape designs. This will include identifying plant palettes compatible with predicted future conditions, and identifying treatments for historic structures that will mitigate carbon emissions while meeting NPS preservation standards.

The interns will also continue pilot-year efforts with the park’s Education team and partners to develop and deliver climate science and climate adaptation public outreach throughout the year.

This program will also have a more nuanced yet important impact on the perception of the NPS as leaders in climate-smart planning, science, and management as well as leaders in training the next generation of climate-smart professionals.


For all BOHA embayed and fringing salt marshes and low-lying flooded natural areas that could be future salt marsh habitats:

  • GIS-based maps
  • An archive of photographs seasonally and following high water events
  • Plans and supporting materials for compliance and installation of water level and salinity (conductivity) wells
  • Report summarizing carbon sequestration estimates
  • Educational materials in both digital and print formats about scientific studies relevant to climate impacts and climate adaptation planning at BOHA and BOST
  • Interactions with public audiences at more than 12 events regarding climate impacts, climate science, and climate adaptation planning across the NPB
  • Content for BOAF, BOHA, and BOST websites and social media accounts regarding NPB climate assessments and climate adaptation activities
  • Planning and implementation of climate education materials for at least one of the visitor centers across the NPB
  • GIS-based map of all woody plant materials at the Charlestown Navy Yard Report summarizing carbon sequestration estimates of existing and potential future trees at the Charlestown Navy Yard
  • Report proposing a palette of woody plant materials that will meet the goals of reducing the heat-island effect, sequestering carbon, and providing scenic value while also being consistent with historic landscape character
  • Recommendations for treatments of historic structures at CNY (e.g. windows) that will reduce emissions and retain historic character.
  • Other projects that emerge as the NPB-CCC gains momentum through integration with the incoming NPB Climate Response Program Manager, partnerships with existing NPB park partners, and sister climate conservation corps.


  • Education and interest related to climate change impacts and response
  • Options include environmental engineering, environmental science, landscape architecture and design, horticulture, ecology, geology, oceanography, GIS, environmental planning, sustainability, facilities management, science education, or other relevant field experience.
  • Knowledge and/or interest in communicating with others about climate change and its effects on ecosystems, humanity, and the environment
  • Experience with ecosystem or landscape stewardship field work, and/or planning or conducting historic preservation, and/or buildings or grounds management, both in office and field settings.
  • Experience organizing data in tables and spreadsheets
  • Experience collecting geographic information
  • Enjoyment of the outdoors and interest in field work on islands and urban settings
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds
  • Enthusiasm to work on a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching and learning
  • Interest in representing the NPB Climate Conservation Corps to park staff and external stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English orally and in writing for both technical and general public audiences (a second language is preferred but not required)
  • Willingness to complete office-based tasks including project reports, data summaries, inventories, planning documents, and/or presentations.
  • Intercultural competence, including the ability to communicate effectively with people who have different world views, experiences, perspectives, and ways of communicating
  • Time management skills; capacity to work on multiple projects concurrently
  • Certificate/degree in GIS or significant GIS data management and cartography experience is ideal

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident (“Green Card holder”). Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. The applicant must be available to participate for 52 Weeks in order to be considered and participate.

The interns will be duty stationed with staff of the National Parks of Boston (BOAF, BOHA, and BOST) in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard, with some time spent meeting with science, education, and/or management partners both in the field and at local partner offices and sites, as well as some field visits to learn about the parks and observe and/or participate in trainings, park programs and field work. Specifically, interns will be stationed within one of the supporting work groups that support the interdisciplinary Climate Conservation Corps of the National Parks of Boston (NPB-CCC), which include the Science and Stewardship Partnerships Team, the Education, Youth, and Volunteer Engagement Team, the Resource Planning and Preservation Team, and the Facilities and Sustainability Team.

The Charlestown Navy Yard is the home of the United States “ship of state” the U.S.S. Constitution, and the surrounding area is bustling with historic sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Faneuil Hall, open spaces such as Boston Common, and hundreds of restaurants and other commercial businesses, and is within walking distance of public transportation subway and ferry stops. Field sites are accessible by a range of boats from a few different piers ranging from the Charlestown Navy Yard, to downtown Boston, to Quincy and Hingham, located on Boston Harbor’s south shore. Weather in Boston is typical of temperate coastal climates in the Northeastern U.S., with hot and humid conditions prevailing during the Summer, cool to cold temperatures with lower humidity in Winter, and intermittent rain throughout the year and numerous days with some snow/sleet from December-March. For field visits to the BOHA sites, the islands are somewhat remote, but are generally small (no more than a 30-45 minute walk across), with terrain ranging from rocky to sandy, with slippery coastal areas, and vegetation ranging from open beaches, salt marshes, and meadows to dense shrub thickets and wooded areas.


  • Applicant will not need to drive a government vehicle.
  • A personal vehicle is not required for this position.

Park housing is NOT available. The intern will be responsible for finding housing in the nearby area. The offices for BOHA, BOST, and BOAF are located in the Charlestown Navy Yard section of Boston, which is a 15-minute walk from the North Station MBTA subway and Commuter Rail station, and there are MBTA buses that stop near the park offices as well. The MBTA system allows park staff and interns access to dozens of neighborhoods and towns in the Metro Boston Area. A room in a shared apartment in this broad area typically costs $1000 - $1500 / month in the safe and lower priced areas of the commuting area, which includes East Boston, South Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston, or the nearby Cities of Malden, Everett, Lynn, or Quincy. Many apartment - seekers use brokers to help find housing in this dynamic but competitive housing market. Typically there are a handful of seasonal staff in the National Parks of Boston that rent apartments in the area, and the park staff would be happy to connect selected interns with seasonal staff to seek apartments together.

Two blog posts about renting in Boston:

  1. Best Boston Neighborhoods for College Students Based on T Stops and Rent Trends
  2. 10 Neighborhoods to Rent in Boston - RentCafe rental blog

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