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NPS Partners with Black Voice Foundation Opportunity of a Lifetime to Train Students

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By Brittany Gibson –

On the fourth of August, 2010, Pacific region equal opportunity manager, Maxie Hamilton called in to speak with students about the promising employment and service opportunities offered by the National Park Service across the country. Hamilton, who handles all the recruiting for the national parks of the west coast, offered a great amount of insight into what it means to work for the Uni ted States National Park Service as well as the parks’ ties to black history and overall importance. His passion and knowledge of the National Park Service was enlightening to students and the audience was intrigued about all the positions and opportunities that the National Park Service had to offer.

The Black Voice Foundation’s student internship program, Opportunity of a Lifetime is a program that teaches students professional and networking skills as well as provides them with the information and contacts needed for them to become successful in the workplace. In addition, the program also introduces students to a vast variety of careers, some of which the students would consider “new possibilities.” As part of the opportunity of a lifetime program, the Black Voice Foundation has joined up with the National Park Service to open new and unexpected windows for students.

When many people think of national parks, they think of Yellowstone, Park Rangers, and wild deer, but that is not always the case. As Hamilton shared with his audience, the countries system of 392 national parks is much more than many have anticipated. As it turns out, the National Park Service offers job positions in many different fields, including management, biology, history, archeology, cultural resources and engineering.

This was a surprise to many students and drew them to the possibility of employment with the United States National Park Service. Hamil ton also shared that many of the jobs are summer positions designed for students who have school year round. This was especially appealing as far as the National Park Service teaming up with Opportunity of a Lifetime because both programs are designed for current students.

Both parties look forward to a long and successful partnership while turning today’s students into the professional men and women of the future.

The Opportunity of a Lifetime program of the Black Voice Foundation is funded in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment act of 2009 in cooperation with the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County.

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