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Posted: 05/24/2013

American Conservation Experience

NPS Cultural Resource Internship
Internship Opportunity
Tulelake, CA
$140 weekly stipend; onsite housing prov

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE EPIC) a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Salt Lake City, in partnership with the National Park Service Lava Beds National Monument (LABE), is seeking one Cultural Resource Intern interested in dedicating 16 weeks in support of the National Park Service in the inventory, monitoring, and protection of the rich cultural resources at Lava Beds National Monument and Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of cultural resources of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in advancing his or her career in cultural resource management and preservation. LABE is unique among Americas National Parks with a combination of outstanding historic and geologic features, including 700 lava tube caves, Native American rock art sites and historic battlefields accompanying the rugged volcanic high desert landscape.

Start Date:  June 17, 2013  

End Date:  October 5, 2013


A 16-week commitment is required



Location: Lava Beds National Monument, California


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding Lava Beds National Monument, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm

The monument is located 22 miles from the nearest town of Tulelake.  There you can secure fuel, and basic grocery necessities, as well as three restaurant options. About an hour north you can also access Klamath Falls, OR this is where you will want to do most of your shopping.  Youll find lots of shopping options for groceries and other basic needs, and well as several restaurant options and entertainment options. 

Compensation:  The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $140/week. On-site dormitory housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members) at no cost to the intern.  The intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel but personal transportation is required for time off.


Position Description: 


This internship will be working within the Division of Resource Management in support of the Cultural Resource Management Program After a training period, the intern will primarily work independently and engage in a variety of tasks related to the monuments cultural resource research and protection through inventory and monitoring, combining both field and office work.  In support of the mission of the National Park Service, Cultural Resource Intern will be responsible for:

  • Conducting baseline research and inventory of historical documents
  • Coordinating and tracking research efforts
  • Data collection and database entry
  • Archeological inventory and culture resource monitoring
  • Assist with collections and archives collections

Fieldwork is often conducted cross-country, over rough lava terrain, and often under harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme heat or cold. Cave work involves climbing or descending steep rocky slopes and maneuvering through tight spaces below ground.


Project Background and ObjectivesLava Beds National Monument is located in remote northeastern California and sits on the slope of the largest volcano in the Cascade Range. The high desert landscape converts into a ponderosa pine forest along the south boundary. Under the sagebrush landscape you'll find lava flows, and over 700-lava tube caves. In addition to its outstanding geological features, the Monument encompasses the main battlefields of the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the only major Indian war fought in California.  

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How to apply
Please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter and three professional/academic references to the ACE application board for this position: http://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/1726.html If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact ACE Internship Program Manager at (801) 946-5379 or intern@usaconservation.org
Hannah Wendel

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