Illustrator Job Description: Junior Ranger Book, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

We are searching for an illustrator to create illustrations for a new multi-format educational publication for the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (HART).

Please find job description below and as a PDF.

To apply, please send an email to ( by November 22, 2021, following the guidelines below.


Junior Ranger Book, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (HART)


We are searching for an illustrator to create illustrations for a new multi-format educational publication for the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (HART) in Auburn, New York.

Background, Objective and Scope

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (HART): The park is newly established and focuses on the epic history and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman during her 50+ years in freedom in Auburn, New York. This portion of Tubman’s legendary story is much less well-known. It includes her work as a philanthropist, suffragist, and community organizer.  She helped build and nurture the Black community in Auburn and supported Black schools in the South. She created the Home for Aged and Infirm Negroes–one of the first nursing homes for African Americans in the United States, helped start the National Association of Colored Women, and pledged monies to build the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where she attended services for 22 years, was buried from, and is now a part of HART. Please visit ( for more information.

The National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program is an activity-based program conducted in almost all parks. Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, dependent on their age, and share their answers with a park ranger, receive an official Junior Ranger patch or badge, and a Junior Ranger certificate. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate. Please visit ( for more information.

In partnership with and under the guidance of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, we are creating a 20-page print and digital version of the Junior Ranger Book about the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (HART) in Auburn, New York. The audience age of this Junior Ranger Book will be approximately 8 to 13 years .

This publication is being led by the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, in collaboration with their legislative partners such as the Harriet Tubman Home Inc., the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, as well as Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park (HATU) in Maryland and other park units. Global Sleepover is assisting the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in developing, creating and finalizing this publication.

We are looking for an illustrator to create illustrations for this 20-page Junior Ranger Book. The overall goal of this book, including the text, style and visual images that will go into the book, is to connect Harriet Tubman’s life and work in Auburn, NY to the broader, national scope of her experience and impact. We are working to create an integrated and complementary Junior Ranger experience that includes the modern tools available to better reach an increasingly diverse, savvy and connected generation of future stewards,  better reach more children with disabilities and more children in underserved communities.

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Illustrations: The final specs of the book are being concurrently designed but at the moment, we envision approximately 20 illustrations for the 20-page publication.
  • While we expect the illustrations to depict the chosen text on each page, we anticipate basic creative assets in the illustrations can be used in various ways and incorporated into all 20 illustrations.
  • Please note the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park is finalizing the desired text and the final number of illustrations in the coming months.
  • Desired Style of Illustrations: Realist historical depictions, stylized subject matter representing reality and the human form with accuracy and sensitivity. The style must depict the historical subjects and locations as immediately recognizable. However, photorealism is not appropriate for this project. The following artists are examples of the type of realist historical depictions that meet this criteria: Dan Burr, Greg Copeland. There is no particular guidance as to which media the illustrations are created in as long as they remain in the desired style of realist historical depiction.
  • Design and deliver the approximate 20 illustrations in a digital format, vector, SVG, PNG and other, including individual elements that can be layered or isolated for potential interactive design.
  • Deadlines: The deadlines for the process and final illustrations are being finalized. We are looking to onboard the artist as soon as possible.
  • Conceptualization and Design Phase of Illustrations: November and December 2021
    • Potential travel to the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park site in Auburn, New York: November and/or December 2021.
    • Create artwork and drafts for the feedback and iterative process: December 2021 and January 2022.
    • Review and finalize end of January 2022 and February 1-14, 2022
    • Target deadline for publication and printing specs to be sent to printer: February 21, 2022.
  • Friendly attitude.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, participate in a feedback and iterative editing process, adhere to project deadlines and possess strong time-management skills.
  • Remote work with an expectation to be available for meetings/check-ins and the feedback process at previously scheduled times.
  • Possess the ability to respond to change, flexibility and work well under pressure.
  • Travel: Artist travel to Auburn, New York to visit the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in November/December for a 1-2 day trip is not mandatory but strongly encouraged; all costs associated with travel will be covered. Travel will be 1-2 business days. Dates are negotiable with the preference for travel to happen in November and/or December.
  • This is a service-by-fee contract. Pay commensurate with experience and on anticipated level of effort to complete the deliverables.
  • Artist will report to the Project Manager at Global Sleepover who is overseeing Global Sleepover’s role in execution of this project that is being led by the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.
  • Final illustrations and all creative asset copyrights will be owned by the National Park Service yet attribution and credit will be provided in the publication to the artist.

Required Qualifications

Illustration Ability

  • Demonstrated illustration skills in the desired style, to include drawing, character design and interpretation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in creating well-composed, meaningful scenes and creative assets that can educate, stimulate and peak intrigue in youth.
  • Experience in utilizing place and landscape as key elements in illustrations.
  • Ability to utilize perspective, composition, physical viewpoint, convincing light and shadow and other key elements of illustration to convey historical accuracy on the character being portrayed (Harriet Tubman), the environment the character inhabits, expression, mood and motivation driving the character.
  • Demonstrated background or understanding in creating creative assets for both print and digital media.
  • Experience in attention to detail and creating elements that lend to consistency, thereby creating a cohesive publication with a sense of unity.
  • Experience in or understanding how to approach sensitive issues critically, reflectively and with regard for diverse cultural and historical context.
  • Ability to contribute creatively to product development brainstorming, conceptualizing and designing illustrations with a team of individuals and add-value to the overall final product.
  • Experience in the development process with multi-tiered individuals, working in collaboration with a Supervisor for guidance and instruction,  and working in collaboration with numerous stakeholders to create final products.
  • Ability to conceptualize and visualize how illustrations will be incorporated into the overall design and layout, working in collaboration with colors, styles, aesthetics.

Technology Proficiency

  • Familiarity in using creation software and programs in Adobe Creative Suite; familiarity with Adobe InDesign and/or Adobe Illustrator is a plus.
  • Familiarity with cloud software and/or other downloadable/cloud programs used to transfer large files and/or share files through hyperlinks.
  • Familiarity with exporting files in vector, SVG, PNG and other formats.
  • Familiarity with using workspace and video conferencing apps such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Communications and Management Skills

  • Comfortable in asking appropriate questions and clarification to understand and complete the task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (email, phone calls, video chats, professional interactions with the team, etc.)
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow guidelines and documentation.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to participate in an iterative and feedback process on the development of illustrations.
  • Teamwork skills and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Preferred Skills (Skills that are Preferred but Not Required)

  • Experience in design and/or UX/UI preferred but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art/illustration strongly preferred.
  • Experience in an internship, freelance or similar role preferred but not required.
  • Experience in creating illustrations and/or creative visual elements for youth / grades 4-8 preferred but not required.
  • Previous work on ePUB and Adobe InDesign interactive or Adobe PDF interactive preferred but not required.
  • Experience creating visual creative assets and/or illustrations around significant social issues and causes preferred but not required.

Application Process

To apply, please send an email to ( by November 22, 2021. Given our target date of onboarding the artist is November, we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted. For this reason, while we are accepting submissions through November 22, 2021, we would appreciate submissions as soon as possible before the deadline.

Please include the following in the email:

  • A portfolio showing past work.
  • A short cover letter explaining how your experience relates to this opportunity. In this cover letter, please confirm your availability to begin as soon as possible and confirm availability/ commitment  to this project through the end of February 2022. Please also include your availability / interest to travel to the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park site in Auburn, New York for a 1-2 day trip with dates of availability for a 1-2 day trip in November and/or December 2021.
  • COVID-19 safety protocol and policies for travel are likely to vary by airline and state of origin.
  • Mandates at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park require masking indoors and outdoors where social distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.