Curatorial (Museum) Intern
Zion National Park, UT


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Zion National Park is seeking ONE Curatorial (Museum) Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the National Park Service.  The Media and Interpretive Intern will primarily be responsible for creating web content to best represent the museum collections. The intern will be involved in a variety of aspects of the museum program including: inventorying collections, housing upgrades, preparing and maintaining exhibits, housekeeping and Integrated Pest Management duties.

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: TBD

End Date: 10 weeks from start date

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Zion National Park, Utah

The Park is located in Southern Utah and provides stunning views of red rock buttes, canyons, and landscapes. The Zion National Park museum manages collections for Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park. There may be project related travel to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is about an hour and a half drive from Zion.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingZion National Park, 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: Park housing is available. The Intern will stay at the dorm with a shared kitchen and bathroom facility. The dorm is within a walk’s distance to work.

Position Description: The Zion National Park museum curator manages Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park museum collections. Under the direction of the museum curator, the Intern will research the parks’ collections, write collection summaries for the web sites, and choose and photograph representations from each collection. The Intern will also photograph key objects, reformat data in the cataloging database, and post prepared content for the National Park Service Museum Collections Web Exhibit. The Intern will be involved in a variety of aspects of the museum program including: inventorying collections, housing upgrades, preparing and maintaining exhibits, housekeeping and Integrated Pest Management duties.

Learning goals:

  • The Intern will become proficient in museum and National Park Service standards and procedures.
  • The Intern will become familiar with the Department of Interior cataloging database, Interior Cataloging Management System (ICMS).
  • The Intern will learn how to conduct research using museum collections and the park database. They will receive training in museum collections management, Integrated Pest Management, environmental monitoring, and artifact handling and historical documentation.
  • Opportunities for additional training and education related to park resources will be provided as they arise (researcher lectures on site, special projects, field assignments, etc.)

Mentoring: The Intern will be closely supervised and mentored by the museum curator. The Intern will receive general park orientation with incoming seasonal interpreters. The museum curator will support the career growth of the Intern offering training and expertise in museum standards and National Park Service standards. The Intern will be provided to work on a wide range of museum duties 10% of the internship. There are also cross-training opportunities in historic architecture, archeology, historic landscapes, interpretation, or natural resources.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess good organizational and analytical skills, and attention to detail. Strong written and oral communications skills are also important. Ideally, applicants will have interests in one or more fields of study related to the museum’s holdings (history, natural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, etc.) and/or interest in conservation, information management or museum 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).
  • Zion National Park is a remote location and a vehicle is recommended for personal use for grocery shopping and weekend excursions.
  • Deep interest in history, natural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, conservation or closely related topic
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career within the museum field.

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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