American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Pipestone, MN, USA
  • Internship

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Cultural Resource Management Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, Minnesota.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to performing a variety of cultural properties inventories and museum condition assessment oriented tasks for all property and artifact types within PNM (Pipestone National Monument). Cultural properties or museum collection items can include: landscapes, districts, sites, structures, or objects. Applicants must have strong interest in cultural resource management.


Start: TBD

End: 10 weeks from start date

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 Pipestone National Monument, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Compensation: The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $400/week paid out every two weeks.  The 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 not available, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE.


Project Background: The intern will be serving with the Pipestone National Monument (PNM) Cultural Resources Management Program and will be performing a variety of cultural properties inventories and museum condition assessment oriented tasks for all property and artifact types within PNM. Cultural properties or museum collection items can include: landscapes, districts, sites, structures, or objects. Currently the Cultural Resources Division consists of the Program Manager, so the intern would be mentored and trained one on one. Historically, PNM has been the subject of great interest from descendant communities and promotes strong relationships and engagement with American Indians.


Project Goals:

  • Intern will gain experience in the use of NPS GPS data collection processes and business


  • Intern will produce a planning tool that will be used by NPS to better manage our cultural

property and museum collections portfolio.

  • Intern will have the opportunity to implement the planning tool created in the field.
  • Intern will participate in available trainings to gain a better understanding of Park Management and safety protocols.
  • Intern will gain in-depth knowledge of NPS cultural resources management practices and theory.


Position Description: The intern will develop a 5-year comprehensive condition assessment plan covering the entire PNM cultural property portfolio. The 5-year comprehensive condition assessment plan will break properties or locations down by type, complexity of assessment, year within 5-year cycle assessment is to be conducted and supervisor responsible for ensuring completion of a given comprehensive condition assessment. As time allows, the intern will develop standard comprehensive condition assessment paper templates and Archeological Sites Management Information System (ASMIS) templates for given property types.

The intern will also participate/perform a variety of comprehensive condition assessment, inventory, and cataloging tasks for items, artifacts, ecofacts, sites and structures. Information collected from the comprehensive condition assessment and collection catalog will be used for park planning and will assist the park in updating information in the ASMIS 4.1 or later and National Park Service's Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+) for data quality assurance and control purposes.


The intern will be responsible for generating catalog information for entering into the NPS

databases. Intern will perform extensive field projects using GPS hand held units to capture the location, type and condition of various properties. Data collected will be incorporated into the park's facility management GIS and ASMIS.


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.


  • Basic knowledge of archeology and historic preservation documentation techniques, including research skills that involve locating and analyzing archival documents, or evaluating maps or photographs.
  • Museum collections software knowledge.
  • Ability to develop project scopes of work.
  • Ability to perform archaeological site mapping (for example, using Trimble hand-held units and ArcGIS software).
  • Ability to read and prepare archeological plans and profile drawings.
  • Knowledge of GIS and GPS.
  • Knowledge of archeological site excavation and field survey or documentation practices, such as identifying chipped and groundstone lithic, ceramic, and other artifacts or features.
  • Database management.

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

An additional contact (with NPS) is Anne Dowd, Cultural Resources Program Manager at Pipestone National Monument,

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