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Posted: 11/24/2014

National Park Service - American Conservation Experience
Cultural Resource Management

NPS Cultural Resource Internship
Internship Opportunity
Lava Beds National Monument, CA
Open Until
Until Filled

American Conservation Experience, Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE EPIC) a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service Lava Beds National Monument (LABE), is seeking one Cultural Resource Intern interested in dedicating 16 weeks to the National Park Service in the support 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 America's 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:  January 4, 2015

End Date:  April 18, 2015 (with the possibility of extension).


A 16-week commitment is required



Location: Lava Beds National Monument, California. 

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.  You'll 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.


Housing:  Lava Beds National Monument will provide housing for the intern.  Housing consists of a one bedroom apartment within the park boundaries, which will most likely be shared with one other person. The furnished apartment has a kitchen, living room area, bedroom, and bathroom. There is a laundry room within the apartment area and use of the washer and dryer is free. Cell phone coverage is inconsistent. Basic cookware is provided, however, interns need to bring bedding (twin) and any specialized cookware. There are some storage facilities for gear and other bulky personal items.


Position Description: 

This internship will work within the Division of Resource Management in support of the Cultural Resource Management program.  After a training period, the incumbent will primarily engage in a variety of office-related tasks related to monument cultural resource documentation, assessment, and protection. 


Regular tasks include work related to cultural resources documentation, such as completing archeological site records, GIS data entry, and writing sections of reports.  Cross training opportunities include assisting the monument's cultural resource manager in tasks related to collections and archives management, as well as assisting the natural resource program in plant management, cave management, and wildlife monitoring if the incumbent is interested.


Work is primarily conducted in an indoor environment; however, there may be limited opportunities for outdoor work to include small scale archeological survey and site documentation.  Field work, when undertaken is 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. 


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 Objectives:  Lava 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.  


Training Provided: Cross training opportunities include assisting with the monument's cultural resource manage in tasks related to collections and archives management, as well as assisting the natural resource program in plant management, cave management, and wildlife monitoring if the intern is interested.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in cultural resources, archeology, anthropology, natural resource management, history, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing his or her career goals in archeology and cultural resource management through hard work and commitment to the National Park Services' rich and unique cultural resources.

 The ACE NPS Lava Beds Cultural Resource Intern must be willing and able 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.



  • Must be a US Citizens or Green Card holder. 
  • Must be 18 to 25 years old.  
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have ability to work alone and in a group
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required so you can access Tulelake or Klamath Falls. 
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Deep interest in cultural resources and respect for nature is critical. 
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • Ability to work indoors utilizing various software programs
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.



 Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of cultural resource management
  • Archaeological field school and/or survey experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with or knowledge of GIS applications in cultural resource management.
  • Experience with or knowledge of techniques of archeological material conservation
  • Knowledge and skills in curation and restoration of historic artifacts
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.  Spanish, Chinese, and French are especially useful in this park
  • Proficiency in Excel and Access databases

How to apply
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the online application: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/20383.html
Hannah Wendel
Phone: 801 946 5379

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