The National Park Transportation Scholars Program gives transportation specialists a unique opportunity for career development and public service. The Scholars Program places transportation professionals, as well as master’s and doctoral candidates in the fields of transportation, engineering, and planning, in National Parks across the country to assist Park Service staff in developing transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.
Assignments begin in early summer and last twelve months and can involve transportation planning and analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation-related tasks. The program is made possible by the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, Eno Transportation Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center.
The National Park Foundation will provide each selected Transportation Scholar with a stipend of $50,000 for their 12 month assignment . The scholars will also be reimbursed for travel expenses to and from the host Park. (For tax purposes, participants are defined as independent contractors) Half of the total stipend is paid at the beginning of the assignment and the balance is paid when the Scholar submits his/her final report.
*Selected scholars must be available for a pre-project orientation in June 2014*
All costs associated with attendance will be covered by the National Park Foundation.
Each assignment will begin in early-mid June 2014 and last 12 months.
Transportation Scholars are asked to carry out specific assignments in one or more National Parks under the supervision of a senior Park Service staff.
Scholars are asked to submit a brief status report to the National Park Foundation mid-way through their assignment.
Scholars must submit a detailed final report within one month of the completion date of their assignment. Copies are to be sent to senior management at the assigned Park(s) and staff at the National Park Foundation. Specific report-writing instructions will be provided.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
This program is open to recent (1-3 years post graduation) master and doctoral graduates in transportation-related disciplines who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit packets consisting of (Applications are only eligible if they include ALL the material listed below):
– Application Cover Sheet. Click here to download
– Statement of interest (no more than 1000 words).
– Letter of recommendation from a current or past supervisor or an academic advisor, who can attest to your knowledge and skills.
2014 SCHOLAR ASSIGNMENTS
(click on the park links below for a detailed description of the project)
Bicycle safety is an ongoing issue for the Natchez Trace Parkway. This project would help inform a planned bicycle safety campaign by providing usage data for areas of high cyclist use, identifying priority target areas of concern along the Parkway, and making recommendations for appropriate signage targeting bicycle safety. The scholar’s work on this project would provide critical data for the development of a long-term bicyclist/motorist usage transportation plan and safety campaign. The diversity of traffic loads on the Parkway combined with increasing bicyclist usage create a situation not addressed in current studies on these two user groups. The scholar has the potential to make a significant contribution to improving the experience of both motorists and cyclists by gathering data the park needs to address safety issues. With the scholar’s help, the park can make informed decisions on best practices for signage, public education, and other solutions not yet identified.
HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION: Housing provided in the form of a furnished one bedroom apartment located less then a mile from the duty station. Pets are typically accepted. A personal vehicle will be helpful for personal travel/getting around Tupelo. For traveling/work on duty, there is access to a government vehicle.
This project specifically addresses Devils Tower National Monument’s number one priority; improve visitor safety by managing transportation and preventing vehicle-pedestrian conflicts. Devils Tower NM was designated America’s first National Monument in 1906. Infrastructure was designed to accommodate 20,000 visitors annually, but now receives well over 400,000. The 2014 Transportation Scholar will collect data, research alternative transportation options, and design infrastructure that would be used to improve visitor safety, traffic circulation, and overall visitor experience. The scholar’s work will be a tremendous contribution to the Monument’s long term transportation planning. Transportation challenges have been occurring in the Monument for over half a century. Studies and design have been performed over the years but, none had a realistic approach or proposed the engagement of outside partners.
HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION: Housing is provided. The housing unit is part of a six unit apartment building. It is a furnished efficiency apartment, with full kitchen and bathroom. Laundry facilities are shared. No pets are allowed. Housing is located inside the Monument. A private automobile is necessary for trips outside the park.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is an urban national park in the Atlanta metropolitan area created in 1978 to protect 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River in the north Atlanta metropolitan area. The park consists of 16 separate land units, each of which hosts various amenities, including boat ramps, picnic areas, restrooms, parking lots, and 75 miles of trails. The park is embarking on a 3-year planning effort to develop a parkwide trail plan that will replace our social trails with sustainable, accessible trails connecting with regional recreation and transit trails. The Scholar will develop and partially populate a system for collecting and analyzing GIS data, public comments, input from partners and cooperators, maps, and text alternatives that would be incorporated into an Environmental Assessment in Year 3.
HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION: Park housing is available, but family accommodations are limited. Pets will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
PROGRAM HISTORY AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
To learn more about the 2011 Transportation Scholar projects, please visit the National Park Foundation website
In 2007, NPF asked the Eno Foundation to review the early achievements of the Scholars Program. Click here to read the resulting report, “The National Park Transportation Scholars Program: A Look Back at the First Six Years.”
This paper was presented at the 2008 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
You can submit your application by 5:00 EST on Friday, February 28, 2014 by mail, email or fax. Please contact Erin Shumate at eshumateenotransorg if you do not receive confirmation of your application within a week of submission.
Send by mail to:
Eno Center for Transportation
Attn: Erin Shumate
1710 Rhode Island Ave, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Applications may be emailed to Erin Shumate of the Eno Staff at eshumateenotransorg