Environmental Legacy Intern

LBJ Environmental Legacy Intern
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Johnson City, TX
Position LBJ Environmental Legacy Intern
Organization National Park Service: Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Location Johnson City, Texas (close proximity to Austin and San Antonio)
Position Description Help us Celebrate President Johnson’s Environmental Legacy
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, headquartered in Johnson City, Texas,
is seeking an energetic and creative intern to assist the park in developing
compelling and relevant ways to connect President Johnson’s environmental legacy
with today’s world. Working closely with Congress in the 1960s, Johnson signed
landmark environmental legislation such as the Wilderness Act, Wild and Scenic
Rivers Act, Water Quality Act, and the original Clean Air Act and Endangered
Species Act. During Johnson’s presidency, the National Park system expanded
greatly, with the creation of 48 new units and expansion of 27 others. The intern
will collaborate with subject matter experts and park staff to help create and plan
for exhibits, digital media, curriculum, an educational workshop, and youth
engagement activities.
Duties and Responsibilities The LBJ Environmental Legacy Intern will assist the interpretation and resource
management division with expanding the means by which the park can
communicate the significant ways the Johnson Administration moved the
environmental initiatives into the modern era. The intern will:
 Review and compile information related to President Johnson’s
environmental legacy.
 Facilitate ways in which this rich environmental legacy can be made
relevant to today’s park visitors and students.
 Plan for temporary exhibits at the park and at off-site locations.
 Plan for youth engagement and immersion experience activities at the park.
 Develop materials for park staff to present in programs.
 Seek ways in which President Johnson’s environmental legacy can be
incorporated into existing environmental education programs.
 Develop up-to-date technology and digital media products, including
material for the park’s social media platforms and for the park’s website.
 Assist in developing educational curricula.
 Help the park plan for a teacher workshop.
 Collaborate with park partners, such as the LBJ Presidential Library, Hill
Country Alliance, Hill Country Science Mill, and Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center.
About the Organization The park, located 50 miles west of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio,
Texas, lies within a geographic area called the Texas Hill Country. Created in 1969
and expanded in 1972, the park encompasses 670 acres (both in Johnson City and at
the LBJ Ranch district near Stonewall). Visitors tour President Johnson’s birthplace
and boyhood home, see his grandparents’ houses, and explore the Texas White
House complex where President Johnson governed the nation for one quarter of his
presidency. Surrounding these significant cultural resources are natural features
(live oak groves, grasslands, Pedernales River) that not only define the place, but
also shaped Lyndon Johnson, and helped influence his decision to support his
administration’s actions that created the legal basis for the modern environmental
LBJ Environmental Legacy Intern
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Johnson City, TX
Career Benefits The National Park Service name produces the images of grand parks like
Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon. Even though these parks are
monumental in size and grandeur, the agency itself is surprisingly close-knit,
providing strong networking opportunities. This internship will provide an
opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a national park and gain insights
about career tracks. National Park Service staff will work with the intern to become
familiar with various park activities, such as interpretation, resource management,
facility management, ranching, and historic preservation. The intern will gain a
better understanding of how the actions of President Johnson and Congress laid the
groundwork for later efforts to confront today’s environmental challenges, such as
climate change.
Preferred Qualifications  Research and writing skills
 General environmental studies background
 Knowledge of environmental education curricula and techniques
 Independent learner and goal setter
 Ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals
 Ability to work on a variety of projects and balance multiple tasks
 Knowledge of environmental law and the modern environmental
Length Flexible
We envision an 8-10 week, 40 hours/week summer position
Dates Mid-June to early-August; start and end dates negotiable
Compensation This is an unpaid internship with free housing at the park.
About the Location Johnson City, Texas, is a small town 50 miles west of Austin and 50 miles north of
San Antonio. Home to vibrant shops, restaurants, art galleries, a state-of-the-art
science museum, and vineyards, Johnson City is “A Presidential Hometown.”
Pedernales Falls State Park and Blanco State Park are nearby, providing
opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Nearby
towns, including Marble Falls, Fredericksburg, and Dripping Springs, offer more
recreation, shopping, restaurants, and a movie theater.
Austin, with its live music scene, outdoor recreation, museums, and restaurants, is
just an hour’s drive away. San Antonio boasts a River Walk with restaurants,
shopping, museums, and additional music venues.
We recommend that applicants have their own vehicle. Transportation in central
Texas can be extremely difficult without a car, and Johnson City has no public
Housing is provided in the park.
How to Apply Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to Alexander Shane,
Park Historian at [email protected] For questions or further clarification,
please call 830-868-7128 ext. 260.