American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Skagway, AK, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP 19th Amendment Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to sharing untold stories of perspectives that have not been traditionally seen such as Women, Alaska Natives, and Buffalo Soldier. Applicants must have strong interest in history, natural science, communications, education, and/or park and recreation management. 



Start: May 28, 2019

End: August 9, 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 Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park 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: Housing is provided by the park. Park housing is within walking distance ( mile or less) of duty stations. The intern will share a bedroom with one roommate. Kitchen and living space is communal among housemates. Park housing can have 4-8 occupants. Houses are well cared for and in excellent condition. Each unit includes: a television, DVD player, free laundry facilities, kitchenware (including dishes, pots and pans, and some small appliances). Linens can be provided for free upon request. Bicycles are also available and free for check out.



Position Description:  The intern will help tell "untold" stories of the Klondike Gold Rush by working alongside park staff to learn operations and assist visitors. Traditionally the narrative of the gold rush has focused on the experience of white men traveling north for wealth. More recently (since 2016) the park has invested in sharing "untold" stories of perspectives that have not traditionally been shared (such as women, Alaska Natives, and Buffalo Soldiers).Skagway has a history of strong women migrating north and women making a difference. Primary and secondary resources exist discussing home life, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, prostitution, social organizations, family life, and female entrepreneurs. Women in Alaska gained the right to vote in 1913 and the community of Skagway immediately saw changes with the increase in voter base, a shift in priorities, and a wave of reform. In Skagway we immediately saw a change in how democracy works with the broadening of voting rights. An intern in this position has the opportunity help the park tell these stories, develop long term interpretation materials, and organize existing resources on the subject. Talking about women during the gold rush and during early frontier Alaska life is an area that visitors want to hear more about and a nuanced story that deserves attention.

The main duties of the intern are outlined below:

  • Interpretive programs:  Research, develop, and lead walking tours and auditorium programs focused on the experience of women during and shortly after the Klondike Gold Rush. Using a substantial amount of primary source documents and research, the intern can choose from multiple facets of the experience of the women of Skagway during and after the gold rush to share and connect with visitors. Each interpretive program will include some discussion of how rights of women changed between 1897-1920. During this period, women in Skagway experienced discrimination and societal pressure that varied based on their race, class, occupation, ethnicity, and marital status.
  • Informal interpretation & visitor assistance: Staff public buildings such as park visitor center, museums, and Junior Ranger Activity Center. Duties will include providing informal interpretation to visitors on Klondike Gold Rush history and park resources & significance, offering site orientation to visitors, operating media equipment, introducing park film, as well as performing opening and closing procedures. The intern will gain a detailed understanding of how to share the National Park Service mission, day to day operations at a busy national park site, and greatly build on their public communication skills.
  • Learning about the National Park Service:  The intern will have many opportunities to learn about different park operations. This will be tailored to the selected intern, but will include attending the superintendent's leadership meetings and departmental planning meetings. This tailored experience can also include shadowing park environmental field studies such as boreal toad surveys, eulachon Fish studies, and/or bat acoustic monitoring. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in archeological digs with cultural resources staff; and time is provided for the intern to hike in the backcountry on the park's Chilkoot Trail.
  • Community outreach & special events:  The intern will have other opportunities for outreach depending on their interests. Opportunities include promoting the 19th Amendment Internship during the park's Jr. Ranger Day by staffing an activity table, marching with the NPS float in the Fourth of July parade, assisting with summer camp planning and staffing, or any of the other events at the park.


Project Goals: The intern will help create a lasting impact in multiple ways.

  • Interpretive programs:  The intern will create and present guided walking tours and a formal program focused on women's history in Skagway, including at least one main point about suffrage and the right to vote. This walk will include a broader context of the lives of Victorian women in a frontier community. They will deliver this walk at least twice a week and the formal program at least once a week after an initial two-week development time.  By the midpoint in the season, the intern will post the program outlines on the CLP to get peer feedback (such as Interpretation and Education Peer Feedback Group and/or Women's History groups).  At the end of the season, the outlines and templates will be added to park resources for subsequent years.
  • Tips & Tricks:  The intern will create a "Tips & Tricks to Interpreting Suffrage in Skagway" document. In the past, the park has accumulated information from multiple rangers to carry lessons forward for subsequent years. The intern will be responsible for creating at least one Tips & Tricks sheet.
  • Website work:  The intern will help broaden the information available through the park's website. The intern will create at least one shared content article relating to women's right to vote in Skagway. Tagging will be used to ensure this shows up within the broad thematic framework (such as women's history, Alaska history, telling all Americans' stories, civil rights, mass migration, suffrage) on multiple sites as well as the park's website.The intern will review and improve upon the page during the second half of their internship
  • Social media:  the intern will be expected to write at least 5 posts tied to concepts, topics, and themes from the Women's Suffrage Centennial interpretive theme matrix. These will be shared on the park's Facebook and Twitter accounts.



Qualifications:  This intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day. Public speaking skills or a desire to build public speaking skills are a must. Customer service experience and experience working with children are also a plus. Some coursework in history is helpful but not required. An ideal candidate will have interest or experience in history and sharing multiple perspectives- looking beyond standard stories.



  • 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.
  • This intern will need to be comfortable interacting with hundreds of people each day.
  • Public speaking skills or a desire to build public speaking skills are a must.
  • Customer service experience and experience working with children are also a plus.
  • Some coursework in history is helpful but not required.
  • An ideal candidate will have interest or experience in history and sharing multiple perspectives- looking beyond standard stories.
  • 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.

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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