National Park Service Internships
2405.Park Cultural Resources Program, Archeology Program:Assists in supporting Program outreach and education objectives.Duties may include developing curricula for classroom use, teacher guides, and evaluation systems; developing content for the Program's website; and coordinating a review process with teachers and other educators (400 hours).
2406.Park Cultural Resources Program, Archeology Program:Assists in researching and identifying instances of looting and vandalism of archeological sites on Federal lands.Resulting data will be maintained in a database and used for research purposes.Duties include collecting information about looting and vandalism events; entering data into the LOOT database; and preparing a briefing paper with summary statistics about the application of the data.Other duties include answering queries about the database and working with any scholars seeking to use LOOT data.Good opportunity for a student interested in protection of archeological resources and laws pertaining to cultural resource protection (400 hours).
2407.Park Cultural Resources Program, Park History Program:Works on a variety of research and outreach projects, on topics including Civil War to Civil Rights, maritime history, and the history of the NPS itself.Duties may include conducting research for individual National Park Service units and programs; developing online history trainings by finding multimedia sources and reviewing lesson plans; creating content for Park History website and social media; helping staff create an online oral history course; helping to process oral history interviews.Some of the research will be at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Students with a major or concentration in history, public history, American studies, or anthropology are particularly well suited for our program (400 hours).
2408.Historic Preservation Planning Program: Works with the Program Manager to canvass SHPOs and HPOs about their ideas for refining requirements for statewide historic preservation plans.Duties include reviewing completed statewide plans and NPS comments; developing canvassing strategies and tools; and conducting phone interviews with SHPO/HPO staff.Intern will present project findings to NPS staff.Ability to work independently, analyze feedback and state program data, and write up research findings in plain English required; background in planning preferred.For more information contact Program Manager Tanya Gossett at 202-354-2019 or Tanya_Gossett@nps.gov (400 hours).
2409.Historic Preservation Planning Program:Works with the Program Manager to produce brief guidance documents about current issues in historic preservation planning.Duties include reviewing statewide planning practices and collaborating with SHPO/HPO staff.Topics to be addressed may include effective analysis of historic resource data; public engagement among communities previously underserved by preservationists; and engagement of tribes and Federal agencies during statewide planning efforts.Intern will present his or her final draft(s) to NPS staff.Ability to work independently, think critically, and write logical, organized guidance documents in plain English required; background in planning preferred.For more information contact Program Manager Tanya Gossett at 202-354-2019 or Tanya_Gossett@nps.gov (400 hours).
2410.National Historic Landmarks Program: Works with NHL staff to conduct research relating to a National Historic Landmark nomination. Position will provide intern with an understanding of the National Historic Landmarks Program and is a good match for students in history, archeology, and architectural history. Strong writing and research skills, a general knowledge of American history, familiarity with the National Historic Landmarks Program, an ability to work independently, and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines required. Strong background in women’s history, Asian American, or LGBTQ history preferred. Applicant should be enrolled in a graduate program in history, American Studies, Anthropology or an allied field, or recently graduated – advanced students preferred (600 hours).
2411.National Historic Landmarks Program and Cultural Resources Office of Outreach: Working as a historic preservationist, researches and writes updates to National Historic Landmark theme studies and writes summaries suitable for general public.Primary research duties will focus on labor history in the context of gaps in the current Labor History theme study. Ability to perform historic research with minimal guidance a plus; writing skills essential (480 hours).
2412.American Indian Liaison Office:Attends and assists in conducting one or two 2-day workshops entitled “The Foundations of Indian Law & Policy,” and would be responsible for assisting the Office in organizing and archiving Office files from the past 20 years in compliance with the regulations of the National Archives Records Administration.Other duties may include conducting background research on current Federal-Indian case law relating to traditional cultural properties, sacred sites, and Indian free exercise of religion in national parks and other Federally-managed lands.Good opportunity for students interested in Indian law and policy as it relates to NPS cultural resources programs and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, working with tribal leaders and nationally recognized scholars in Federal Indian Law and Public Land Law (720 hours).
2413.National Capital Region, Cultural Landscapes Program:Works with and assists historians, historical landscape architects and other preservation professionals to complete various Cultural Landscape Inventories associated with a variety of National Park sites in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA, WV).Duties involve researching the landscape history of a historic property; site visits and field work to document the existing conditions with photographs and maps; analyzing the landscape features; and entering the information into a database.Knowledge of cultural landscapes, landscape architecture, and the National Register criteria preferred.Strong computer, research, and writing skills essential; working knowledge of graphics programs (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator and/or CAD) beneficial (400 hours).
2414.National Capital Region, Museum Resource Center (MRCE):As a museum technician, assists MRCE staff with museum outreach, research, accessioning, processing, cataloging and preparing museum collections for long-term curatorial storage.Position offers exposure to all aspects of professional museum work and the opportunity to be part of a team of museum professionals at a large Federal repository, working with a wide variety of museum collections at the Center, including historic furnishings, natural history collections, archival documents, and historic photographs.Collections come from NPS-administered historic homes and sites throughout the region, including Ford's Theater National Historic Site; Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.Located in Landover, MD, a close-in suburb of Washington, DC with easy Metro subway access (400 hours).
2415.National Capital Region, Museum Resource Center, Regional Archeology Program:Assists the Regional Archeology Program in daily laboratory tasks including, but not limited to:processing, cataloging and packaging archeological objects and preparing objects for long-term curatorial storage.Following cataloging, all information will be entered into the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS - the Department of the Interior’s cataloging system).Other duties include database management, reviewing incoming collections, organization of primary archeological documents and the reorganization of collections storage.A general knowledge of prehistoric and historic artifacts required.Located in Landover, MD, a close in suburb of Washington, DC with easy access to the Metro System (400 hours).
2416.National Capital Region, Historical Architecture Program:Works with and assists architectural historian and other preservation professionals to identify, inventory and evaluate National Park Service-owned historic and prehistoric structures in National Park sites, including assisting in completing Historic Structures Reports and other documents.Duties include researching the history of historic properties; site visits to document the existing condition of listed structures with photographs; entering the information into the national inventory database; and performing conservation treatments on monuments and structures and documenting those treatments with photographs and reports.Knowledge of historic architecture, architecture, and conservation treatments preferred; experience with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Properties beneficial.Strong computer, research, and writing skills essential; working knowledge of graphics programs (Adobe Photoshop & InDesign and/or CAD) beneficial (400 hours).
2417.Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park:Assists Park Cultural Resource Program Manager with preparing information for park projects dealing with park historic structures.Duties include researching the history of historic properties; site visits to document existing conditions of listed structures with photographs and written descriptions of conditions; and working with the Interpretation Division on projects dealing with the park’s historic structures.Strong computer, research, and writing skills essential. Housing and transportation are the intern's responsibility.Located in Hagerstown, MD (600 hours).
2418.Effigy Mounds National Monument:Works with the Cultural Resource Program Manager to meet National Park Service (NPS) curation standards for managing archival collections.Duties include a variety of curatorial responsibilities including processing and cataloging archival materials, using the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS - the Department of the Interior’s cataloging system); regular housekeeping and environmental monitoring tasks; packaging and handling archival materials; and maintaining an access and use log. Other duties include compiling information such as site records, historic photographs, historic records, aerial photography, and archeological reports; development of information databases; and digitizing maps into a project GIS.This information will be used as a basis for compliance activities.Housing and transportation are the intern's responsibility.Located in Harper’s Ferry, IA (400 hours).
2419.Midwest Regional Office Historic Architecture and Cultural Landscapes Inventory Program:Works with and assists historic landscape architects, landscape historians, historians, and historical architects with research and data processing/entry for the List of Classified Structures (LCS) and Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) databases in fulfillment of section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act for National Parks in the Midwest Region.Duties include researching site history; analyzing architectural and landscape features; and processing/entering the information into the LCS and CLI databases.There is limited potential for site visits and fieldwork to document the existing conditions with photographs and maps.Knowledge of architecture, cultural landscapes, landscape architecture, and the National Register criteria preferred; strong computer, research, and writing skills and a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Arc Map essential.Opportunity for all preservation fields with an interest in the study of historic architecture and landscapes.Candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample demonstrating their ability to clearly articulate research findings in a narrative format. Located in Omaha, NE (480 hours).
2420.Midwest Regional Office Historic Architecture and Cultural Landscapes Inventory Program:Works with and assists historic landscape architects, landscape historians, historians, historical architects, and collections managers. Primary task involves migrating cultural landscape inventory reports into an Adobe InDesign template to facilitate distribution and access to cultural landscape data. Additional duties may include research, data entry, and archival processing. Knowledge of cultural landscapes and skills in composition, editing, and graphic processing and layout skills essential. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit a work sample demonstrating their ability to complete the primary task. Located in Omaha, NE (480 hours).
2421.Midwest Region, National Register Programs: Working with the National Register Programs staff, serves as editor of our National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) newsletter, receiving editorship credit for the publication, and also will write the lead article in the newsletter. Additional duties include assisting with condition assessments of more than 400 NHLs in the Midwest Region; NHL and NR program assistance; assisting with HABS/HAER/HALS documentation projects; and researching Latino-related potential NHL nominations. Excellent research and writing skills, experience with Adobe InDesign program,
knowledge of the National Register, and interest in historic properties are desirable skills and qualifications. Some travel required and will be funded by the program. Local housing and transportation are the intern’s responsibility. Internship to be completed between May 1 and September 15, 2012.Located in Omaha, NE (400 hours).
2422.Pacific West Region, Cultural Landscapes Program: Assists the Program in presenting cultural landscape information to the public.Duties include reviewing and adding cultural landscape documents to the National Park Service’s public online library; developing cultural landscape photographic documentation sets for the NPS Flickr page; developing summaries of recent cultural landscape projects for the NPS Tumblr page; and creating and adding cultural landscapes videos to the NPS YouTube page. Other duties may include adding content to other Web sites and social media platforms.Strong writing and graphic skills preferred; experience using Adobe Creative Suite programs and Microsoft Office required.Housing and transportation in Seattle are the intern's responsibility.Located in Seattle, WA (400-600 hours).
2423.Pacific West Region, Cultural Landscapes Program: Assists Program in creating and editing cultural landscape Geographic Information System (GIS) data.Duties include creating and editing spatial geometry; creating and editing attribute data; creating and editing metadata; and georeferencing site plans and maps.Work will involve a team of cultural resources and GIS staff. Experience using ESRI ArcMap and ArcCatalog programs required; working knowledge of ArcGIS online preferred.Housing and transportation in Seattle are the intern's responsibility.Located in Seattle, WA (400-600 hours).
2424.Pacific West Region, Park Cultural Landscapes Program: Duties include working with the Program Manager to maintain and grow the Program’s website (www.nps.gov/cultural_landscapes) and social media with news and updates about all aspects of the Program; working to continue building an online catalog of cultural landscape documents (https://irma.nps.gov/App/Portal/Home); and creating GIS spatial data for the geometries of cultural landscape boundaries and landscape features.Experience with web content management systems preferred, along with strong writing skills and a working knowledge of ArcGIS v.10, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator and MS Excel. Housing and transportation are the intern’s responsibility.Position is administered under the Park Cultural Landscapes Program, run out of the Washington DC office of NPS but located in the Pacific West Region, Seattle, WA (400-800 hours).
2425.Yosemite National Park, Branch of Anthropology:Provides essential assistance to Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) projects at Yosemite National Park (YOSE).Duties include working directly with the YOSE cultural anthropologist and American Indian liaison as well as anthropology, museum, and research library staff to review and revise existing inventory of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony housed in YOSE Museum collections; conducting library and archival research and literature reviews; providing support for consultation with American Indian tribes and groups; performing database management contributing to cultural affiliation determinations; and assisting with the development and publication of relevant Notices that are required in advance of repatriation and reburials.Archival and library research skills essential.Knowledge of and interest in Native American issues highly desirable.Cultural anthropology, archeology, and/or NAGPRA background highly desirable.Must be professional, well-organized, and attentive to detail.The intern must have a valid driver’s license.Low to moderately priced park housing is available.Located in El Portal, CA (960 hours).
2426.Grand Teton National Park, Western Center for Historic Preservation:Assists park historic preservation team with this year’s field projects on National Register structures, with opportunities for developing techniques in historic fabric repair and conservation.Duties may involve both office and field work, depending on intern’s skills and planning requirements of the preservation program, and will include exposure to hands-on treatment of historic structures and preservation practices as they apply to the carpentry, masonry, and woodshop trades, as well as field and shop work on vernacular log structures and their components including windows/doors/trim/and foundations.Construction, wood crafting, AutoCAD, computer and/or backcountry outdoor skills are a plus and should be emphasized in the application or a resume.Assistance with finding housing will be provided but is the intern’s responsibility.Located in Moose, WY, approximately 10 miles from Jackson Hole, but may have field assignments anywhere in the park (800 hours).
2427.Grand Teton National Park, Western Center for Historic Preservation:Assists historic preservation specialists and cultural resource specialists with planning and fieldwork on park preservation projects.Duties may involve both office and field work, depending on intern’s skills and work plans for this year’s projects, and will include exposure to hands-on preservation fieldwork on vernacular log structures located at 7,000' elevation.Other activities may include technical writing; historic structures database information collection; conducting historical research; architectural drafting; and onsite investigation work.Knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, MS software applications, digital photography, and the ability to work with a team or independently required.Assistance with finding housing will be provided but is the intern’s responsibility.Located in Moose, WY, approximately 10 miles from Jackson Hole (800 hours).
2428/2429.Mount Rainier National Park:Assists the Park historical landscape architect and historical architect in the development of plans to improve access for people with disabilities in existing campgrounds and picnic areas.Duties will include field work to identify existing barriers and design work to guide future park projects to improve accessibility while maintaining the historic character of park buildings and landscapes.Applicants should have a background in either landscape architecture or architecture.Working knowledge of basic historic preservation principles and practices; strong computer, research, and writing skills; and skill in graphics programs (Adobe Creative Suite, GIS and/or AutoCAD) desirable.Located in Longmire, WA with field assignments throughout the park (400 hours).
2430.Crater Lake National Park, Archeological Internship:Works directly with Crater Lake, Klamath Network, and Pacific West Region cultural resources programs.Duties may include pre-field record searches, archeological field survey and site assessments, preparing final site forms and reports, and archiving project materials.Applicants must be able to work in rugged field conditions since the positions involve some long days hiking over uneven terrain under occasional adverse weather conditions.Some overnight travel for field projects at other parks may be required.Applicant should have an academic background in archeology/anthropology, with a M.A./M.S. preferred; possess good writing skills; be detail oriented; and have the ability to perform a variety of tasks (such as GPS/GIS entry) independently.Housing is available for a reasonable cost at the primary duty station.Questions can be directed to Steve Mark, Park Historian, at (541) 594-3094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Located at Crater Lake National Park, OR (400 hours).
2431.San Juan Island National Historical Park:Assists maintenance staff in three different projects in the park, including restoration of interior rooms in the Officer’s Quarters in the American Camp section of the park (involving removal of nonhistoric materials and preserving historic materials including wallpaper, boards and battens, wood flooring and windows, and rebuilding two interior walls); renovation of the Officer’s Quarters foundation (involving replacement of most footings in the crawl space, a confined but ventilated area); and restoration of historic rock walls in the English Camp section of the park (involving dismantling loose sections and rebuilding those and missing sections of the walls, working with some help from an excavator to move and place rocks 1-2 feet in diameter and up to 70 pounds in weight).Work will involve the use of both hand (hammer, pry bar, measuring tape, saw, shovel, scraper) and power tools (circular saw, compound miter saw, shop vacuum cleaner).Protective equipment will be provided.Housing may or may not be available.Experience in construction and tool use preferred.Located at Friday Harbor, WA (400 hours).
Department of the Interior Internships
2432.Interior Museum Program, Department of the Interior Museum:Works with the Interior Museum collections staff as a museum technician assisting with museum collections care issues including database management, registration, photography, object handling, research, and related projects.Work environment:sedentary office space and collections storage areas.Requires the ability to lift 50 lbs., opening boxes or packages, and may require standing for extended periods (1200 hours).
2433.Interior Museum Program, DOI Office of the Secretary: Assists with Department-wide projects of the DOI Interior Museum Program.Duties include compiling data on DOI bureau museum collections; researching and drafting policy and procedure documents; preparing material for training courses; researching issues on various topics dealing with federal museum collections; and updating the Interior Museum Program website (600 hours).
2434.Interior Museum Program, Fish and Wildlife Service:Works under the supervision of the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO) to identify, inventory and record museum property within the offices and associated repositories of the Midwest Region (Region 3).Intern will enter resulting data into FRED, the USFWS cultural resources relational database.The position may include official travel outside the office, requiring a valid driver’s license to drive the federal vehicle.Housing and commuting transportation are the intern’s responsibility.Located in Bloomington, MN (400 hours).
2435.Interior Museum Program, Bureau of Land Management:Assists the California BLM's State Office work with the curation of archeological collections from BLM lands located at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA, including approximately 6,000 objects from the Ayers Rock archeological site in California. Duties involve collections management and documentation, including inventorying, cataloging, repackaging of artifacts, database entry and organization of associated documentation. Position may involve moderate physical activity.Background in prehistoric archeology preferred; familiarity with Microsoft Office necessary.A background check is not required as the individual will not have access to a government computer. Located in Ridgecrest, CA (480 hours).
2436.Interior Museum Program, Bureau of Land Management:Assists the California BLM's State Office work with the curation of vertebrate fossils from BLM lands located at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, CA, centering on collections from the Cretaceous-aged Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah (including dinosaurs and associated fauna) and the Miocene-aged Barstow Formation of California (principally fossil mammals).Duties include digitization of specimens and specimen data, identification of fossils, curation of specimens and collections organization.Background in geology and/or paleontology preferred; familiarity with Microsoft Office necessary.A background check is not required as the individual will not have access to a government computer.Located in Claremont, CA (480 hours).
2437.Interior Museum Program, Bureau of Land Management:Assists the Bureau of Land Management-Anasazi Heritage Center (BLM-AHC) Curation Program with backlog cataloging of archeological collections and project documentation, focusing on cataloging and proper storage of items from sites on BLM-Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, such as Woods Canyon Pueblo (approximately 10,000 artifacts).Postion will provide broad exposure to the workings of an Interior Department curation facility and experience with the fundamentals of collections management:collections inventory, cataloging, repackaging of artifacts, data entry into the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS - the Department of the Interior’s cataloging system) and organization of associated documentation.Other duties include assisting staff with researcher access to the AHC collections and participating in the AHC Curation Program’s Integrated Pest Management Program.Position may involve moderate physical activity.Background in southwest archeology and/or museum studies preferred; familiarity with Microsoft Office and Excel necessary.HOUSING IS PROVIDED.Located just outside Dolores, CO (480 hours).
2438.Interior Museum Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs:Works with museum curators to assist with inventory, cataloging, and photography of ethnographic and archeological objects and artwork within the Indian Affairs Museum Program in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.Duties include organizing and maintaining files and photographs for museum collections; rehousing objects in collections storage; and conducting light housekeeping for collections.Training in using the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS - the Department of the Interior’s cataloging system) will be provided.Strong computer, organizational and research skills essential.Located in the office in Reston, VA, and in the collections/exhibit space in Washington, D.C. (shuttle to D.C. provided) (480 hours).
2439.Interior Museum Program, Indian Arts and Crafts Board:Assists museum staff with inventory, cataloging, and photography of ethnographic objects and artwork within the Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City, SD.Duties include organizing and maintaining digital files and photographs for museum collections; digitizing collections of historic photographs and archival materials from the collections for by the IACB; and assisting museum staff with the development and installation of temporary exhibits of contemporary Indian art.Training in using the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS - the Department of the Interior’s cataloging system) will be provided.Strong computer, organizational and research skills essential.Located in Rapid City, SD (480 hours).
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General Services Administration Internships
2440. General Services Administration (Historic Preservation Specialist): Assists the Historic Buildings Program Manager and staff in coordinating activities and initiatives to maintain the functionality, integrity, and economic viability of 480 public buildings controlled by GSA and to increase GSA leasing of historic buildings and reuse of historic buildings on sites the Government acquires for new construction. Conducts research, prepares educational material on GSA's historic buildings, and provides guidance and support to GSA headquarters and regional staff. Also coordinates with preservation specialists in educational, non-profit, and public institutions outside GSA to respond to requests for assistance. Advanced professional-level research and writing skills required, to prepare historic building brochure copy with minimal supervision. Knowledge of architectural terminology and historic preservation theory and practice essential; experience with software programs for digital image manipulation helpful. Writing sample(s) required; please submit with application (400 hours).
More National Park Service Internships
2441. Yosemite National Park, Branch of History, Architecture and Landscapes (HAL): Assists historical architects and historical landscape architects with inventory, documenting, and evaluating National Register structures, cultural landscapes, and historic park studies. Duties may involve both office and field work, depending on intern's skills and ongoing projects undertaken by the HAL program, and may include: measuring and photographing historic buildings; researching and documenting cultural landscapes; historic structures database information collection and data entry; conducting historical research; architectural drafting; onsite investigation; and crossover duties with the park's Heritage Preservation Team for hands-on preservation work. Useful knowledge and skills include solid training in historic preservation, training and/or experience in preparing National Register nominations, an architecture/landscape architecture background, construction skills, good writing skills, experience with AutoCAD, ArcView and documenting with Global Positioning System equipment. Applicants should expect to work at elevations between 2,000' and 8,000', and may hike long distances over rough terrain with day packs and equipment. Located in El Portal, CA at the park's west entrance but may have field assignments anywhere in the park (480 hours, to be completed between mid-May and September).