Cultural Heritage Intern
Stewart B. McKinney Natl Wildlife Refuge, CT


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge is seeking ONE Cultural Heritage Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Cultural Heritage Intern will be responsible for compiling research information in order to nominate the Lape-Read Estate to the National Register of Historic Places.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our cultural heritage. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in cultural resource management.

Start Date: May 1, 2016

End Date: August 2016.

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge near Westbrook, CT

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingthe Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge or the US Fish and Wildlife 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: Park housing is available. Housing is dormitory style, with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and living room area shared with other seasonal staff and interns.

Position Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to nominate the Lape-Read Estate to the National Register of Historic Places (NR). In order to make the case for NR eligibility, documentary background research is required to lay the groundwork for future preparation of the NR nomination package. Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read were prominent women’s rights activists in the early twentieth century. Esther Lape was well known as a journalist, researcher, and publisher. Elizabeth Read was a scholar and lawyer who served as Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal attorney and financial advisor during the first part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s public career. Ms. Lape and Ms. Read were life-partners, and were close associates of Eleanor Roosevelt before, during, and after FDR’s presidency. For many years, Eleanor Roosevelt was a frequent guest at the Lape-Read Estate in Westbrook. The First Lady stated that Ms. Lape and Ms. Read were among her earliest political and feminist mentors. Eleanor Roosevelt’s beliefs would influence the social policies her husband promoted when he was President.

The project objective is to conduct background research and to compile and organize the archival information (such as historical documents, photographs, and maps) that will be needed for the Service to prepare the text portion of the NR nomination package. In terms of NR eligibility, the historic property of the Lape-Read Estate “possesses integrity of location, design, setting, and association,” and is “associated with the lives of persons significant in our past” (National Register Criterion B). The background research will assist in establishing the significance of Ms. Lape and Ms. Read in American history, and in describing the integrity of the historic property.

The Intern’s major job responsibilities will be to conduct research and archival visits in order to assemble a system of files addressing the following categories of information:

  • Biographical profiles of Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read
  • History and description of the Lape-Read Estate (structures and landscape features)
  • Chronology of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Ms. Lape/Ms. Read
  • Summary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to the historic property

Learning goals:

  • The Intern will have the opportunity to conduct primary research at historical archives, and to contribute substantially to a National Historic Preservation Act (Sec. 110) initiative on behalf of a federal land management agency.
  • The Intern will gain familiarity with the type of historical background research that is required to successfully apply the NR criteria of eligibility, and will learn how to obtain the type of information that is essential for developing interpretive and historical contexts required for a NR nomination.

Qualifications: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks applicants with good organizational skills and previous experience with archival research. Strong academic background and research interest in any combination of the following areas of study would be applicable: American History, American Studies, Architectural History, Historical Archaeology, Women and Gender Studies.


  • 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, gender studies
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

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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