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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Visual Information Assistant Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, MA.

 

Start: TBD Early Summer, 2019

End: TBD Early Fall, 2019 *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. 

 

Check out CRDIP.org for more information on the program.

 

Project Website:  For more information regarding the Lowell National Historical Park please visit:https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm, or the National Park Service, please visit:https://www.nps.gov/index.htm. For more information on ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

 

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.

  

Position Description:  The CRDIP Visual Information Assistant at Lowell National Historical Park will work closely with park staff on the development of a new tab for the park's website focused on its 40th anniversary. The intern will transform information developed during the park's anniversary year into a permanent virtual resource for future visitors and researchers alike.  Park staff created a temporary exhibit of highlights from 1978-2018 containing about 40 objects and images, many of which are ready for on-line use. With content guidance from the chief of cultural resources and training from interpretive rangers, the intern will create some new digital assets, enter all digital assets including video components into the Content Management System (CMS), and design a new virtual exhibit using NPS website templates.  Additionally, a professional folklorist captured and transcribed 25 oral history interviews during the anniversary weekend. The intern will enter the audio, video, and transcribed interviews into the CMS and create an accessible user interface for accessing them all. The goal is for the intern to successfully produce and publish the new tab by the conclusion of the 11-week internship.

 

Learning Goals:  The CRDIP Visual Information Assistant will learn how to:

  • Develop an interpretive webpage to NPS standards
  • Develop an accessible user interface for complex content
  • Become familiar with best practices for digital asset management
  • Use the NPS Content Management System
  • Organize digital assets on a website for optimal future use by visitors and researchers
  • Document a historic event for sharing with future generations
  • Coordinate across the cultural resources and interpretive divisions

 

Mentoring:  Chief of cultural will hold weekly meetings with the CRDIP Visual Information Assistant to offer guidance on the organization, usability, and look and feel of the webpage. Interpretive rangers well-versed in the NPS Content Management System and NPS web templates will provide initial training and ongoing technical assistance, as needed. Hands-on experience will be supplemented with recommended readings and on-line trainings. The park offers a regular menu of tours and activities the intern can take part in. Also, Lowell is just one of 15 parks within easy driving distance in Massachusetts, so the intern can travel to other parks for enrichment and comparison.

 

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 museum studies, American history, archives, library science, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field.

Required:

  • 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.

Preferred:

  • Genuinely interested in museum work and/or history.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • General familiarity with content management systems such as Wordpress
  • Prior web development and/or video editing experience a plus.
  • Experience creating social media content.

 

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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

 

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 tklotz@usaconservation.org.

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