American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • El Paso, TX, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Museum Curator Assistant Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to indoors work within the Chamizal National Memorial library, curation lab, storage vault, and warehouse where many collection items are stored.  Indoor work places have air conditioning and good ventilation. Our park often hosts more than one summer intern.


Start: May, 2019

End: July, 2019 or 11 weeks form 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.  In your application, be sure to outline your understanding of the mission of CRDIP.

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Project Website:  For more information regarding the Chamizal National Monument, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $440/week paid out every two weeks. 

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour ($1,252.91) 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.

Personal Vehicle:  The intern will need to drive their personal vehicle to and from work each day that they work and will therefore need a valid driver's license. In addition, the intern may need to drive to the nearby library of University of Texas at El Paso library to conduct research pertaining to the park's museum collection. 


Project Goals:  The following learning goals will be achieved by the intern by the end of their experience at Chamizal National Memorial:

  • Ability to properly document non-accessioned items in a collection;
  • Ability to properly accession and catalog both objects and archival materials in a collection for storage and display purposes while learning to properly handle objects and archives;
  • Know how a national park operates in terms of managing a museum collection for purposes of storage and display;
  • Understand how to conduct annual collection inventories;
  • Conduct research on specific archives and objects for purposes of documentation and display;
  • Acquire curation skills that will enhance professional development specifically for museum collections management in a federal repository;
  • Organize and label hard copy office files pertaining to the park's Cultural Resources Management Program.


Position Description: This position will require that the intern assist with the documentation of non-accessioned items that are in the museum collections. This will entail the augmentation of an existing Microsoft WORD document. Descriptions of new items to be accessioned and cataloged will be performed in both a WORD document or the ICMS museum software. Excel spreadsheets showing lists and total number of specific types of items will be developed. Some research of specific documents will be performed with summary reports and updating of museum catalog files. Boxes will be packed with specific items identified for removal and curation outside of Chamizal National Memorial.  Attention to detail and accurate documentation is essential for successful performance.

The Museum Curator Assistant will be mentored by the park Cultural Resources Program Manager, who will also serve as the intern's supervisor. This will be accomplished primarily through project oversight involving documentation, accessioning, and curation of items. Prior to any work, the intern will receive an orientation to the NPS, Chamizal National Memorial, and the museum collections at the park, and professional development for possible future government employment. He or she will be assigned reading assignments on each of these topics with discussions to follow with the Cultural Resources Program Manager.

Technical assistance will be provided the intern on using the Dept. of Interior ICMS museum collections database at Chamizal National Memorial in order to properly enter data for accessioning and cataloging of both objects and archival materials. In addition, the intern will receive proper mentoring and instruction on documenting non-accessioned museum items.

From time-to-time the intern may be paired with other park staff from the park Interpretation and Education division who will be assisting with certain park objects and archives in preparation for a new permanent exhibit. Planning is already underway for the new exhibit. During the course of the intern's work at the park, he or she will have adequate opportunity to network and come to know other park specialists from other disciplines and programs, such as facilities management, interpretation and education, administration, law enforcement, information technology, visitor services, upper level management, and, of course, cultural and natural resources management.

At various times at the park's informal activities, such as honoring volunteers, special celebrations, commemorative historical events, and various concerts, traditional dance events, and films will be presented to the public. The intern will be invited to attend any and all such events. Finally, the Cultural Resources Program Manager will work closely with the intern to show them salient aspects of general skill set development that will be helpful to them to locate a permanent position in the federal government upon graduation from college or graduate school. 


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.
  • Skill in use of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and PowerPoint software program.
  • Ability to learn new museum collections database program.
  • Basic knowledge and skill in conducting online research using Google.
  • Basic knowledge and ability to perform library research.
  • Ability to drive an automobile.
  • Ability to attend to detail.
  • Good analytical abilities.
  • Good technical skills.
  • Good social skills and ability to work with others in a team setting.

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 Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or

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