American Conservation Experience - Member
  • California State Parks
  • CA, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the California State Parks Department of Parks and Recreation, is seeking a Museum Collections Intern.  Ideally, this person is someone who wants to develop the skills to apply for a Curator position upon completion with the State of California.  California State Parks manage many of the state's most significant cultural treasures, ranging from historic structures, archival documents, shipwrecks, gold rush towns, ancient villages or museum collections.  Cultural resource specialists take measures to protect the state's unique resources from decline and decay, ensuring their care and survival for future generations.  California State Parks "is committed to preserving the diversity and antiquity of human experience in California."


Term: 26 weeks


Start Date: August 1st 30th (Flexible for the right candidate)


Location:  The services shall be performed at: 4940 Lang Avenue, McClellan, CA 95652


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Compensation: The range for the housing and living allowance is between $300-600/week.  There is no State housing available for this position. 


Project Background:

The services shall be provided during: Monday through Friday during normal working hours as schedules will permit except State holidays.  Intern must have a Live Scan prior to starting with CA State Parks, as part of a background check.


Position Description:  Under specific direction from the Museum Curator I, II or III, the CCC Museum Collections Intern will assist with several museum collections management and museum collections records management projects at the statewide museum collections facility.  Projects to include: unpacking, evaluation, inventory, storage and records update of large museum collection from Los Encinos and Pio Pico State Historic Parks; museum collections records room re-organization; data entry of museum collections activity documentation, and related object record updates;  inventory by barcode scanner of art collection and boxed objects; and processing objects proposed for possible deaccession. The CCC Museum Collections Intern will perform data entry using various programs, including The Museum System (TMS) collections management database, Access, Excel, Word and other programs.  CCC Museum Collections Intern will scan and file documents and other materials.   The CCC Museum Collections Intern will be trained to use a barcode scanner to perform museum collections inventories. The CCC Museum Collections Intern will be trained to photograph, catalog, clean, rehouse and store museum collections. The CCC Museum Collections Intern may also be instructed to carry out various basic preservation tasks necessary to the care of a major museum collection.


Duties Breakdown:

20%-Museum records review, organizing, and filing

20%-Data entry, scanning and word processing

15%-Rehousing, cleaning, storing and recording new locations of artifacts

15%-Lift and move artifacts and records

15%-Manual and barcode scanner inventory of museum collections

10%-Photography and cataloging of artifacts

5%- Duties as required, such as organizing and activities in accordance with the mission of DPR


Qualifications: Applicants for the position will hold, or be pursuing, a degree in historical archaeology, museum curation, cultural anthropology, recreation & park management, or related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. An understanding of museum curation is important, as a curator studies objects to assess significance and relationship to historic events, people, and places.  This may involve a dual understanding of the work of historians and archaeologists, who use parameters set forth by the National Register of Historic Places to evaluate historic structures, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes.



  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only. 
  • Interns must be 18 to 35 years old.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required (Interns will not utilize a personal vehicle for work related projects). 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within CA State Parks System.
  • Must have an understanding of inventory and documentation of the resources and ability to evaluate and determine resource condition.
  • Must have an understanding of assessing and studying objects in order to determine their significance and relationship to historic events, places, and persons.
  • Must feel confident writing artifact condition reports on individual objects and site locations.
  • Must feel confident learning about and utilizing technology related to museum curation and artifact preservation.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group;
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, and respect for nature. 
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor; be able to lift 40 lbs., as well has hike up to 3 miles.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
  • English proficiency is imperative.



  • Undergraduate degree in historical archaeology, museum curation, cultural anthropology, recreation & park management, or related discipline. 
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Knowledge & skills in the principles of archaeology, museum curation, and interpretation.  Experience working in an environmental or cultural education setting.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is strongly desired. Specifically having knowledge of CA natural and cultural history preferred.
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with, the local area is also helpful.


The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the CA State Park System in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users (including recreational smokers of marijuana) should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding ACE, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist Melissa Early, at or 801-573-8984.

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