Two virtual volunteer intern positions will serve as Indigenous Research and Mapping Project Coordinators to help advance knowledge of Ancestral Lands and increase partnerships and collaboration with Indigenous Communities in Region 9. Interns will be selected from the Virtual Student in the Federal Service Internship (VSFS) program and will be supervised by the Wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager in the Regional Office.
The Indigenous Research and Mapping Coordinators will be part-time (10 hours/week) for approximately 40 weeks. It is expected that the Coordinators will work between September 2021 and May 2022 depending on availability and timely recruitment.
● Agency Outcome: Database of contacts, treaties, state, federal, and tribal documents, maps, language, current partnerships, and other resources including tribal input. Map and toolkit with guidance on developing Land Acknowledgements will be shared with Eastern Region forests, Tribes, and partners. The Mark Twain, Shawnee and Hoosier National Forests will be the focus for the Coordinator in the south. For the north Coordinator, the project scope will include Northern Tier forests including the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Superior, Hiawatha, Ottawa, Huron-Manistee and the Chippewa as time allows. Project scope is not limited to these units and will move east as time allows.
● Indigenous Research and Mapping Project Coordinator Outcome: Gain conservation, research, writing and practical GIS experience, networking experience in the Indigenous community and the opportunity to present work to leaders in your field and agency cultural resource staff and partners.