Cultural Resource Internship
Christiansted National Historic Site

 

This position is closed.

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Christiansted National Historical Park (CHRI) is seeking ONE Cultural Resource Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of National Park Service. Christiansted National Historic Site will provide an applicant interested in local history, archeology – historic and prehistoric, and socioeconomic impact of NP in the territory with an opportunity to experience first hand National Park Services Cultural Resource conservation in practice.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in history preservation. They will have a chance to expand horizons of cultural resource knowledge and experience. Engagement in this work will provide the participant with valuable experience performing some of the fundamental work involved in administering an historic site.

Start Date: June 6, 2016

End Date: August 13, 2016

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Christiansted National Historic Site Christiansted, Virgin Island.

Christiansted National Historic Site commemorates urban colonial development of the Virgin Islands. It features 18th and 19th century structures in the heart of Christiansted, the capital of the former Danish West Indies on St. Croix Island

Project Partner Website: For more information regarding Christiansted National Historic Site the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nps.gov/chri/index.htm For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: usaconservation.org

Compensation: $400/week, $640 relocation bonus

Housing: Housing is available if intern is from off island

AmeriCorps: Interns in this position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP). The EAP opportunity is for a successful term of service with an award to the Corps member upon completing 300 hours of service.

Position Description: The selected applicant will work directly with National Park Services Cultural Resource Program Manager/Archeologist. The intern will assist with historic/archeological compliance projects, historic building restoration actions (with park facilities division), archival research and documentation for and about the projects completed. The selected intern will work with a National Park Service archeologist on documentation of enslaved conditions (housing/cooking) at Christiansted. The intern will participate in project with Slave Wreck Project, Submerged Cultural Resource Unit. The intern will also with Smithsonian to map and document shipwrecks at Buck Island Reef and Salt River Bay; intern will use ArcGIS software to develop park map for historic buildings. Intern responsibilities include providing field and office support for Cultural Resource Program/archeologist to carryout daily operations, field project, Cultural Resource compliance, will provide some data entry support as applicable.

Mentoring: NPS Resource Management staff including Cultural Resource Program Manager and Resource Management Chief will provide daily oversight to CRD Intern to develop new skills in required to understand NPS mission for CR protection and conservation including but not limited to conducting CR compliance (historic and archeological), working in field with staff and contractors, understanding NEPA and NHPA compliance requirements, and PEPC compliance procedure. NP CR staff will provide 1-2 weeks and continuous orientation to parks and resources to intern. They will shadow and also work independently potentially with park researchers, which will provide excellent professional development opportunities – to use newly acquired skills, and develop confidence in those skills. Intern will be asked to share experience with summer YCC students and may provide mentoring to high school students if overlap time provides.

Qualifications:

  • Intern should be 4-year college graduate BA History, Sociology, historic architecture, Archeology, or enrolled in university.
  • Intern must have the ability to commit up to 32 hrs/wk during 8-5 M-F with NPS Cultural Resource Program.
  • Intern must be capable of hiking in tropical climates (heat tolerance), comfortable carrying backpack up to 30 pounds, comfortable doing full field day, climbing, carrying, and getting field dirty.
  • Intern should have valid US drivers license. Internship will require ability to drive NPS vehicles. Also note in USVI we drive on left side of road in standard US vehicles.

Required:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Deep interest in history, cultural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, conservation or closely related topic
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Learning goals: Intern will be exposed to daily job of protecting NP cultural resources from discovery to documentation and compliance required for their protection and understanding. Intern will be exposed to and learn “art and science” of archeology, library/archive research, and documentation including fieldwork to report creation. National Park Cultural Resource Program Manager will provide training in archeology skills, digging, recovery, cleaning, and documentation of objects to curation. Museum management and working directly with Christiansted museum collections.

The interns must be willing 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 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
This position is now closed.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or kdalrymple@usaconservation.org.