American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Springfield, IL, USA
  • Internship

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Museum Technician Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to curatorial duties and museum collections.


Start: TBD spring, 2019

End: 11 weeks from the determined start date, 2019

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. 


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Project Website:  For more information regarding the Lincoln Home National Historic Site please visit:, 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.  In addition, short-term, furnished housing is available.


Project Background: As part of Lincoln Home National Historic Site's mission to preserve the associated cultural resources within the Site, the museum collection contains an architectural collection retained from the neighborhood's historic homes and historic outbuildings. These artifacts document the history of the buildings and should be made accessible to staff and researchers for educational purposes. They include framing materials, plaster, nails, doors, windows, electrical and plumbing fixtures, and sheathing, serving as a record of building techniques used in the Midwest in the early and mid-19th Century. These fragments amount to approximately 1300 pieces, which are not organized or cataloged. They are also improperly housed in a museum storage facility, which make them subject to damage and loss. Some materials may also be in maintenance sheds. Once cataloged, these materials will comprise a very useful reference collection for Site staff, architectural historians, architects and researchers, and will be searchable through the National Park Service cataloging system (ICMS).


Project Goals:  This project will consolidate architectural artifacts into one location for sorting and removing duplicates based on consultation with maintenance staff and the Midwest Regional Architect.  Once sorted, the artifacts will be cleaned if needed, clearly marked and cataloged into ICMS according to NPS practices. Artifacts will then be stored in their designated areas. If time permits, unique artifacts will be digitally photographed.


Position Description:  The intern will learn research, deduction and observation skills to determine where the architectural pieces were originally used within the buildings. Writing and editing skills will be utilized in writing catalog records within limited fields.  The intern will be working with the park's cultural resource and maintenance staff as well as the Midwest Regional Architect and former employees. The majority of the work will be completed in an air-conditioned building. Some light cleaning may be completed outside on dry days. No overnight travel will be required.


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. The intern should have some architectural and/or carpentry knowledge, with home construction as a preferred interest.


  • 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.
  • The intern should be able to lift approximately 40 pounds, and have theability to climb ladders to retrieve and store artifacts.
  • The intern should be able to work alone daily since the storage area does not have room for more than 1 or 2 people to work at a time.
  • 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.


  • A vehicle would be very beneficial given that there is no park housing. Bus service is available until 6 p.m. with limited routes running later in the evening.

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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