American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Concord, MA, USA
  • Internship

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking TWO CRDIP Public History Interpreter Interns interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to being part of the interpretive team, orienting visitors and presenting both formal and informal interpretive programsand opportunities for the visiting public. Public History Interpreters gain experience researching and presenting interpretive programs based on history content at sites throughout the park.


Start: June 3, 2018 (can be flexible ~5 days in either direction)

End: August 11, 2018 (or 10 weeks from start)

Duration: *10 weeks minimum commitment required*


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. 

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Project Website: For more information regarding the Minute Man National Historical Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Location: Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts. 

Compensation: The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $400/week paid out every two weeks.  Each intern will also receive a one-time $640 travel stipend to offset the cost of relocation.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour ($1,230.69) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Housing: Park housing is provided at no cost to the Intern.  It is in an historic house located in the park and shared dormitory style. There is a community living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, and bathroom


Project Goals:

1) Experience developing public speaking skills- ability to present programs about history to

diverse groups of visitors

2) Learn about colonial life in New England is the mid-eighteenth century- what people wore, ate,

the work they did, how they lived, and about how the events of April 19, 1775 changed

everything in this area and beyond

3) Explore techniques and tools to engage visitors

4) Exposure to a variety of types of work and jobs in the NPS linked to cultural resources

5) Research in primary sources to create an 18th century living history impression

6) Learn how to fire a black-powder musket and demonstrate it for the visiting public (passing both a written and a physical demonstration test is required to achieve certification)

7) Experience working with other professionals and functioning as part of a team

8) Build an appreciation for the park/resource stewardship ethic (continuing beyond the internship)


Training: Interns receive the same training NPS seasonal interpreters receive in terms of historical content, safety, operational leadership, NPS mission and goals, operational logistics, and interpretive techniques. Experienced rangers will provide training based on the National Park Service Interpretive Development Program and interns will have the ability to participate in Eppley Institute on-line interpretive training. Interns will be supervised by experienced NPS Lead park rangers and their program presentations will be audited and discussed. Musket firing performance will be certified by the park's Black Powder Safety Officer.


Position Description: The public history interpreter will be part of the interpretive team, orienting visitors and presenting both formal and informal interpretive programs and opportunities for the visiting public. Public History Interpreters gain experience researching and presenting interpretive programs based on history content at sites throughout the park. Interpretation duties involve a customer service orientation and public speaking within a safety-preservation framework and interns will receive training, coaching, and opportunities to develop these skills.

Interpretation at Minute Man NHP includes the opportunity to present living history. Living history is part of the park's daily interpretive offerings,  education programs, and  special events. S/he will be outfitted with colonial clothing, create an 18th century impression, and learn to fire a musket as part of the interpretive programs s/he presents (at some park sites). Living History interns will participate in special park events, present new interpretation for the public at "witness structures" such as the Hartwell Tavern or the Whittemore House about colonial life, and have the opportunity to explore the "hobby" of re-enacting.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining or within two years of having obtained a Bachelor/Master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front of large groups and present "living history" in front of an audience.
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation. A personal vehicle is required.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Knowledge about the American colonial period, the American Revolution, slavery in the North, early national period, and American Civil War.

The CRDIP Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users 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 contact information for 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 posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at

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