Project Code: NPS-USA-5

Develop and Convert the National Park Service - Junior Ranger Cave Scientist booklet into Spanish

Project Title Develop and Convert the National Park Service - Junior Ranger Cave Scientist booklet into Spanish
Project Summary This project seeks to create a Spanish version of the National Park Service - Junior Ranger Cave Scientist program. A draft translation of the text was created and the VSFS intern would update the text and transfer it into the Adobe InDesign layout and format for distribution.
Country United States
Agency National Park Service
DoS Office N/A
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

The National Park Service (NPS) manages approximately 5,000 caves with at least four of the top 10 longest caves in the world. The NPS Geologic Resources Division currently manages the national Junior Cave Scientist Program and all associated activities. Since its inception in 2015, close to 60,000 books and badges have been distributed to national parks, families, schools, and others across the US and the world. Translation of this booklet will be the first of its kind for the NPS at a national level, and it will provide Spanish speaking audiences and participants the opportunity to learn more about cave and karst resources. The booklet will be shared with cave and karst focused parks units that do not have Spanish material for visitors. An electronic version will also be available on the Geologic Resources Division Cave and Karst Program website.
The Spanish version of the Junior Cave Scientist booklet will provide participants the necessary tools to understand our valuable cave and karst resources. They will learn about the importance of caves and protecting karst areas since a large percentage of the continental United States is considered karst landscape and is vulnerable to groundwater pollution.
The current Junior Ranger Cave Scientist booklet meets National Science and Education Standards competencies in Earth and Space Science for children ages 5-12 Activities in the booklet are marked with indicators for different age groups. In addition, it contains suggested resource lists for further cave and karst information and activities for kids. The Spanish program will promote the value of protecting caves and karst to children and park visitors, while encouraging the start of a long-term relationship with National Parks.

The types of tasks that can be expected with this position include things such as
• Review and edit the current draft of the Spanish text of the booklet
• Transfer the content into Adobe InDesign
• Work with partners to review the content and booklet
• Develop Spanish content to be used for the online version of the booklet
• Participate in calls and virtual meetings to provide updates on the booklet

Required Skills or Interests
Editing and proofreading
Educational design
Graphic design
Additional Information

Outstanding Spanish and English proficiency are needed, as well as good skills with grammar, punctuation, syntax, sentence construction, etc. in writing. Must be proficient in the Adobe suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Experience in illustrations and graphic design with an interest in science and/or caves. Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. An interest in geology, caves, the natural world and a desire to assist the National Parks.