Natural Resource Steward

Natural Resource Steward
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Johnson City, TX
Position Natural Resource Steward
Organization National Park Service: Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Location Johnson City, Texas (close proximity to Austin and San Antonio)
Position Description Come lead natural resource stewardship efforts with the National Park Service!
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City, Texas invites an
energetic individual to participate in the restoration and rehabilitation of the natural
features in a national park dedicated to the story of the thirty-sixth President of the
United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. The park desires an independent motivated
individual to assist in natural resource revitalization and to inspire awareness of the
unique natural features contained throughout the site. The selected individual will
assist in the creation of a fresh perspective and new approaches for the park.
Duties and Responsibilities The Natural Resource Steward will assist the resource management division with
mission oriented processes including:
 Data collection using GPS technology
 Research assistance for management plans
 Scientific research
 Invasive species identification
 Surveying flora and fauna
 Learning NPS natural resource policy and law
 Pest management tactics
 Medium- and long-range natural resource planning
 Coordinating prescribed burning logistics with outside agencies and external
 Assisting with other planned natural resource projects
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 Johnson City and LBJ
Ranch Districts). Visitors travel to the park to tour President Johnson’s birthplace,
boyhood home, see his grandparent’s houses, and the Texas White House where
President Johnson spent one quarter of his presidency. Surrounding these significant
cultural resources are natural features (Live Oak groves, Pecan Orchard, the
Pedernales River, grasslands) that not only define the place but also molded and
shaped President Johnson to whom he ultimately became.
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.
Natural Resource Steward
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Johnson City, TX
Preferred Qualifications  Research and writing skills
 Experience with GPS technology
 Knowledge of scientific surveying strategies
 Independent learner and goal setter
 Basic plant and grass identification knowledge
 Ability to communicate with a wide range of individuals of differing
ethnicities, backgrounds, political viewpoints, and socioeconomic statuses
 Ability to work with complex projects and balance multiple tasks
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 at 830-868-7128 ext. 260.