Cultural Resources Management Intern
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is pursuing ONE Cultural Resources Management Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of National Park Service. The selected individual will be exposed to the professional practices of historic preservation and cultural resource management. The Intern will working under the guidance of experienced cultural resource professionals, they will learn about the challenges of managing the rich cultural environment of the 33,000-acre park located along the Cuyahoga River between the Akron and Cleveland metropolitan areas. The practicum will introduce students to the long and complex relationship between humans and the environment of the Cuyahoga Valley. The Intern will become familiar with the National Park Service (NPS) and Park approach to managing cultural resources, with an introduction to the Park’s foundational documents and its resource inventories, including the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI), as well as the laws, regulations and guidance that govern Federal actions.

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 cultural resource management.

Start Date: Mid May, 2016

End Date: Late July 2016.

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Brecksville, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingCuyahoga National Monument or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: $400/week, $640 relocation bonus

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.

Housing: Dormitory style housing is available.

Position Description: The CRDIP intern will be responsible for completing a specific project in coordination with the Park staff that is commensurate with their education, experience and professional ambition.

The Intern will be responsible for completing a specific project in coordination with the Park staff that is commensurate with their education, experience and professional ambition. The intern will serve as principal investigator under the direction of the Section 106/NEPA coordinator and with the full support of the Resource Management staff. Some potential projects are:

  • Completing a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment of one to three properties that are historically significant, but are scheduled for demolition in accordance with the Park’s building utilization plan;
  • Drafting a NRHP nomination for Camp Mueller (a summer camp developed for urban African American youth now located within the park boundary);
  • Finishing a Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Building Record (HABS/HAER) recordation of historic properties as part of project-specific-mitigation stipulations;
  • Or producing a summary report, table and map to synchronize the Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP) archaeological site-monitoring program with up-to-date archaeological site information, and produce a detailed and accurate dereferenced data set in consultation with the Midwest Archaeological Center (MWAC) and the Ohio State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).

Learning goals: The goal of the practicum is to introduce students to the professional practice of historic preservation and cultural resource management in the context of an urban National Park in the Cuyahoga River Valley. CVNP staff will work with the selected student and CRDIP administrators to ensure that the approach to each project reflects the individual student’s program of study and career or academic ambitions. The selected student will gain a working understanding of the laws, regulations and practices that govern the treatment and use of historic properties within a National Park. The selected student also will be introduced to and practice inductive methods of field research and detailed building-structure-site recordation, as well as secondary research through exposure to current academic literature and primary research at local depositories and institutions. Most importantly, working in collaboration with the Park staff, the Intern will produce a work product that will inform actual cultural resource management decisions, and serve as a foundation for a successful career.

Mentoring: The CRDIP intern will work under the direct supervision of the Park Section 106 and NEPA coordinator. They are a geographer, historian and experienced professor with 24 years of professional experience in cultural resource management in both public and private sectors. They have experience teaching undergraduates and working with graduate students, as well as disciplinary expertise in cultural landscapes, environmental history, and regulatory compliance. CVNP staff will combine a necessary emphasis on the technical practices of cultural resource management with an introduction to the professional network of individuals who are responsible for managing cultural resources at the state, regional and local levels.

Qualifications: The practicum is appropriate for graduate and undergraduate students majoring in history, historic preservation, historic architecture, anthropology, archaeology, American studies, geography, or a related discipline. Students must have the ability to operate basic office word processing programs, spreadsheets and editing software, be able to drive cars and trucks, and must possess a valid driver’s license. Students must be self-motivated, conscientious, and able to work independently, as well as in collaboration with Park staff. Students with experience using global positioning system (GPS) units and geographic information system (GIS) software will be particularly useful to the Park.


  • 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).
  • Candidate is anticipated to have recurring access to vulnerable populations during this position.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.

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:
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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

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