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CRDIP Curatorial Assistant- Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking TWO Curatorial & Education Assistants interested in dedicating a year to support Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in New Hampshire.

This experience is an introduction to multifaceted duties and responsibilities of cultural resources and visitor services in the areas of collections care and museum education. The two assistants will develop knowledge and skills of cultural resource and visitor service best practices through practical assignments.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Start Date: May 9, 2022 (flexible)

Duration: 50 weeks

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces students, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. Applicants must be 18-30 (up to 35 for Veterans) and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. CRDIP participants will have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars as well as write blogs or create videos about their projects throughout the summer.

Location: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park- Cornish, NH

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's greatest sculptors lived here seasonally starting in 1885, and year-round 1900 until his death in 1907. Experience the park grounds, where several of Saint-Gaudens bronze sculptures are on view throughout the year and trails wind through the woods.

For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm

AmeriCorps: These positions may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,345) upon successful completion of the 50 week term.

Living Allowance: ACE Members are expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $480/week to offset the costs of housing, food, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. An allowance of approximately $700/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing. A personal vehicle is required as no mass transit is locally available.

Position Description: Assisting the Cultural Resources and Visitor Experience program managers, the ACE members' duties will include:

  • Learn proper object handling techniques and basic methods for object care, possibly including bronze preventive conservation
  • Develop skills in museum education including communication and interpretation of cultural artifacts and associated stories
  • Perform routine museum housekeeping of historic structures and exhibition spaces
  • Contribute content to digital platforms (social media, website, etc.) about collections care, specific objects, and resource/site history
  • Assist with the installation of museum objects in exhibition spaces and the creation of exhibition text
  • Assist with recording inventory for a vast collection featuring sculptural works in bronze and plaster, oil and watercolor paintings, prints, photographs, post cards and other ephemera, books, textiles, medals, coins, and ceramics
  • Additional opportunities exist for research projects, rehousing and labeling of museum objects for storage, exhibition development, and packing and transportation of museum objects

Training: Park employees will provide orientation to the park, historical overview and introduction to collections as well as professional development opportunities to gain a broader knowledge of the museum profession would include attending staff meetings, shadowing park staff in different activities, and interactions with other museum institutions.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants 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 degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field.

Required

  • 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
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences
  • Basic computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  • Ability to serve both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather (heat, cold, etc.)
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the time they start their term or request a medical or religious exemption

Preferred

  • Deep interest in American history, art, research, and respect for nature
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of museum practices
  • Be somewhat dexterous and spatially mindful when exercising caution to care for and handle artifacts
  • Excellent organizational, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Experience communicating with and writing for the public

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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Jen Wells at jwells@usaconservation.org.

This position will close on Friday, March 4, 2022

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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