American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Chillicothe, OH, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation organization, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking two Museum & Curatorial Members to contribute to the administration of the cultural resource education and preservation program alongside Hopewell Culture National Historical Park staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

Start Date: August 9, 2021 (some flexibility may available for the right candidate)

End Date: November 27, 2021 (or 16 weeks from start date)

*a 16-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (HOCU) in Chillicothe, OH

At HOCU, you'll find earthen mounds and embankments forming huge geometric enclosures that grace the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These monumental structures were built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago. Hopewellian people gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. Almost everyone who studies the Hopewell culture has an "I didn't know that" story about when they first learned about the special and intriguing culture that developed in this region. The park also has an active archeology program which produces even more understanding of this fascinating and yet little recognized culture. This is a story that needs wider recognition. Every American should learn about the amazing accomplishments of the Native American inhabitants of south and central Ohio 2,000 years ago.

To learn more about the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, please visit the NPS website at:

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $375/week to offset the costs of food, housing and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,638.89) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.

Position Description: The ACE Member will be involved with front-line collections care, primarily in conjunction with the Cultural Resources Program Manager. They will also assist with a variety of projects in the documentation, organization, care, and preservation of Park cultural resources. Primary responsibilities will include the identification, inventory, rehousing, and relocation of museum artifacts. Additionally, they will participate in digital photography and 3-D scanning of museum artifacts.

Additional duties may be assigned including:

  • Identify and locate collection items during annual inventory of museum property
  • Assist with the intake and preparation of new, incoming collection items
  • Perform routine curatorial housekeeping

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.



  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
    • Must be 18-30 years of age to apply
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Competitive applicants for the position may hold a degree and/or have experience in museum studies, art history, history, anthropology or a related discipline.
  • Digitization and/or photography skills
  • Education and/or knowledge of museum collection management principles and practices
  • Proficiency with computer software
  • Comfortable with a fair amount of physical activity during day-to-day museum duties and a willingness to "get dirty" with general housekeeping duties.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Has strong organizational skills, be detail-orientated, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Effective communication skills with diverse audiences

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Madison Ficca at

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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