American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • SF, CA, USA
  • Internship

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP DHA Preservation Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in San Francisco, CA.

This is an excellent opportunity to provide critical support to two artifact watercraft preservation projects planned for 2018 on Hyde St. Pier at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park through state-of-the-art project documentation, regular publication of project updates and background history on Park media, and the production of an official preservation project report for the Park's official. 

Start: May 2018

End: 11 weeks from start date

Duration: *11 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. 

A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Resource Assistant Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA Resource Assistant positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. 

DHA Applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site.

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Project Website: For more information regarding the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:  

Compensation: The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $480/week paid out every two weeks.  Each intern will also receive a one-time $640 travel stipend to offset the cost of relocation.

Housing: Park housing is not available, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE.

Project Goals: The intern will receive training in historic preservation technologies and techniques, including the treatment of metal corrosion, wood decay, and paint. The Preservation intern will learn best practices for safe application of preservation materials. The intern will also learn and practice techniques for public interpretation, developing interpretive materials to National Park standards.   

Position Description: The CRDIP Preservation Intern at San Francisco Maritime will work closely with Park Staff on the preservation of the Park's fleet of historic watercraft. The intern will select and focus on an artifact watercraft project at the Hyde St. Pier and will develop, apply and document appropriate preservation treatments under the direction of the Curator of Small Craft and the Park's Small Craft Museum Specialists. The intern will write a Historic Artifact Report for the park by researching, writing, designing and illustrating a chapter reporting the preservation treatment completed on the selected artifact during the internship. This chapter will be part of a new publication on preservation at the park.

The Resource Assistant will present the results of his or her projects through the regular publication of project updates on the Park's online media, in an official Preservation Project Treatment Report at the internships end, as well as a PowerPoint presentation at a Park All-staff meeting. The interpretive material will also be exhibited at the Boat Shop on Hyde Street Pier as a part of the public interpretive programs there, and will serve to define a new media venue for preservation interpretation for the Park. Finally, the intern will contribute to the development of a new form of official preservation publication for the Park, an Historic Artifact Report, by researching, writing, designing and illustrating a chapter reporting the preservation treatment completed on the selected artifact during the internship.

Environment: Projects will be conducted at two outdoor sites, including the Hyde St. Pier, and at a boatyard, both in San Francisco. The intern will be spending approximately 60% in the field at Hyde St Pier in the San Francisco Boatworks boatyard documenting the preservation work. Approximately 40% of the intern's time will be in the Park's Cultural Resource Department Preservation Office, or in the Park's Maritime Research Center at Fort Mason (approximately 500 yards from the Preservation Office).

Training: The Intern will receive mentoring by serving closely throughout the project with the Park's Museum Specialist and the Curator of Small Craft, as well as the cadre of experienced volunteer preservationists working at the Boat Shop at San Francisco Maritime. The intern will receive both formal training in Materials handling and NPS safe preservation practices, as well daily informal discussion of preservation work and the challenges it presents. The Intern will also receiving training and practice in artifact documentation and recording techniques by working with the Documentation interns on Hyde St. Pier. Finally, the Preservation intern will benefit from regular review and coaching from the Park's Interpretive Rangers in the development and presentation of interpretive programs and materials centering on the Intern's preservation work.

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;
  • 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.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Proficiency in writing and drawing (CAD in particular).
  • Familiarity with digital media (especially digital photography) and online publication production.
  • Familiarity with maritime terms and experience with historical and archival research

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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