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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Cultural Resource Management Interns to dedicate 12 weeks in support of the Cape Cod National Seashore assisting the Park's Cultural Resource Program Manager with a number of essential tasks to help preserve, protect and interpret the Park's cultural resources.  This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their field skills in cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or a related field.

Start Date: September 3, 2018 (some flexibility)

End Date:  November 24, 2018 (12 weeks from start date)

* A 12-week commitment is required *  

Location: The Cape Cod National Seashore is located in Wellfleet, MA.

Cape Cod National Seashore includes 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, and marshes, ponds, and uplands that support diverse species, including some that are threatened or endangered. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors. The Cape Cod National Seashore's 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecosystems. Geomorphic shoreline change, ground water fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore's ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Cape Cod National Seashore, please visit the NPS website at: https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/index.htm. For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation:  The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $165/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the internship.

Also, a $1000 travel allowance will be distributed evenly throughout the internship's 12 weeks to aid in the costs of relocation and any commuting to/from the duty station.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of ($1,538.36) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:  Duties and responsibilities of the Cultural Resource Management Interns include organizing park historic photograph collections, library and archives, responding to researcher requests, and documenting historic houses and cultural landscapes. 

The interns will also post weekly social media messages for the Park that include historic photographs with text, photographs of artifacts, and other historical documentation related to anniversaries and special events in the park. 

The interns will update wayside exhibits for cultural history related topics, perform routine light cleaning (vacuuming, wiping woodwork, dusting) and inventory of objects at Park historic buildings open to the public. They also record and monitor temperature and relative humidity in museum facilities.

Interns may assist Park Archeologist in organizing and presenting interpretive programs, cleaning and sorting artifacts, rehousing archeological collections in new boxes, preparing special exhibits and assisting with archeological testing projects.

Lastly Interns will complete an independent history research project or museum preservation project on an emerging historical theme or resource in the Park to be completed by the end of the internship.

**Each year the national seashore places up to 15 interns who contribute to the park's efforts to preserve natural and cultural resources and enhance public understanding of the seashore's qualities and values. In addition to opportunities to explore different facets and park work, all interns come together periodically during the season to discuss and learn about the National Park Service, careers, and pathways to employment. Many previous interns have been hired into paying positions or have used their experience at the national seashore to clarify career and educational goals.**

Qualifications:  Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as historical architecture, cultural landscapes, museum studies, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or related disciplines.

Required:

  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18 to 35 years old (interns must be 21 years of age or older to apply for any ACE position that requires operation of agency or ACE vehicles)
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation is required
  • Driving Record check will be completed during ACE on-boarding process
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
  • Must be able to complete tasks well independently and on a team
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required
  • A passion for history, cultural resource management and museum/collections work is required for this position

Preferred: 

  • Willingness to get your hands dirty with routine light cleaning in historic structures
  • Strong writing skills desired.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization 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 three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website: usaconservation.org

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 ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Zoe Moskwa at zmoskwa@usaconservation.org.

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