American Conservation Experience:
ACE - BLM El Centro Archaeology-Museum Internships
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of land management’s, El Centro field office in California is seeking two outgoing and enthusiastic interns, with an archaeology and/or anthropology background, to provide curation assistance at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum.
This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic entry-level professional with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and helping preserve the cultural history of this area. The ideal candidate will have B.A. or B.S. in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or related field and have a deep interest in archaeological preservation. The interns must possess a passion for public land management, and a professional interest in advancing their career towards cultural resource management.
Start Date: August 29th, 2011
End Date: December 16th, 2011
A 16-week commitment is required
Location: The Bureau of Land Management, El Centro Field Office is one of five field offices within the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA). The CDCA was established by congress through passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). The BLM El Centro Field Office (ECFO) manages 1.4 million acres of public lands spread across Imperial and San Diego counties. Approximately 90% of the BLM ECFO managed lands lie within Imperial County. The El Centro resource area covers a dramatic range of climates and ecosystems, and is a popular area for recreation, especially in the winter. This area is rich with biological, paleontological, and cultural resources. Archaeological resources of special importance in this area include prehistoric geoglyphs, prehistoric camp sites associated with ancient Lake Cahuilla, and sites associated with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
Project Partner Website: For more information regarding BLM El Centro visit: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro.html
Compensation: Interns will work 40 hours per week and receive compensation of $110/week, paid bi-weekly, for food and incidentals. ACE will provide shared housing in El Centro
Position Description: ACE interns will primarily assist the El Centro Field Office Archaeologists to provide curation assistance at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. Curation work will include lab work identifying, re-curating and cataloging BLM artifacts, including possible NAGPRA collections located in the museum collection (85%).
Additional archaeological work performed under this position (15%) could consist of the following: fencing archaeological sites located near recreation areas, installing kiosks, designing and installing interpretive materials that focus on the historic and prehistoric resources including possible website and pamphlet or brochure design, monitoring the condition of known sites, and answering questions from the public. Duties may also include assisting with cultural resource inventories and reporting, performing research, and other project support as needed. Weekly progress reports will be turned in to the field office archaeologists.
Personal Vehicle is required. It is possible to get around El Centro without a car, but summers are hot, and it is very difficult to get to any other, larger communities without one. The hot summer temperatures make an air-conditioned car very desirable.
Training Provided: Interns will receive training in a wide range of cultural resource management skills, including museum curation and lab work, GIS, cultural resource protection, site monitoring, and prehistoric and historic archaeology in southern California. ACE and the BLM are committed to providing an educational, rewarding, and challenging experience to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America’s public artifacts.
Qualifications: Applicants with knowledge and skills in curation and restoration of historic artifacts, are strongly encouraged to apply. Most importantly, candidates should have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career within the scope of this internship. Applicants must be passionate and interested in historic preservation. The ACE archaeology intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and abhors the presence of drug users in our program.
• Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only
• Interns must be between the age of 18 and 29
• Valid driver’s license, clean driving record
• Museum and/or archaeological laboratory experience
• Archaeological field school and/or survey experience
• Ability to work indoors utilizing various software programs
• Proficiency in Excel and Access databases
• Attention to detail
• Ability to work outdoors and perform physical labor outdoors in extreme summer temperatures (80-120 degrees F)
• Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
• Ability and willingness to undergo a criminal background check is required
• Knowledge and experience using GIS software
• 4WD experience
• Fencing or other construction experience
• Experience in graphic or artistic design