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Posted: 12/21/2016

National Parks Service, Environment for the Americas, Hispanic Access Foundation

Cultural Resource Internship in Historic Preservation/Archeology
Internship Opportunity
Coolidge, AZ
$400/week for 10 weeks


Latino Heritage Internship Program

The Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities in the National Park Service. The National Park Service is committed to engaging the next generation through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations under Cooperative and Task Agreements. These agreements allow the NPS to invest in cost efficient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service.

About this position

This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations and career opportunities in cultural resource management in the National Park Service (NPS).  The LHIP intern will assist the parks Exhibit Specialist, Archeological Technician, and Chief of Resources in a variety of cultural resource tasks.  The LHIP will have an opportunity to learn hands on heritage site management including preservation of earthen ruins, Architectural Documentation of historic structures, and NPS preservation practice and policy.  Archeological and curatorial tasks will include assisting in conducting backcountry site condition assessments, artifact documentation and curation of cultural material resources, and monitoring of environmental conditions in museum exhibits.  The intern will also be able to pursue an independent archival/historic preservation/museum-based research project that will create a temporary museum exhibit, or, a web based exhibit or presentation. The LHIP will have an opportunity to present their independent project and internship experience to park staff, volunteers, and the general public. The research topic will depend on the interns interests. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:1) the Casa Grande during the Spanish era (focusing on 1694 to the Gadsden Purchase in 1854). Notable figures such as Kino and Juan Bautista de Anza encountered the Casa Grande during this time. Spanish artifacts such as musket balls have also been found at the park.2) the relationship and similarities and differences between Casa Grande Ruins and its new sister park, Paquimé (Casas Grandes) in Chihuahua, Mexico. The intern will work directly with Resources staff at the park and will receive one-on-one and group training. Resources staff, including the Chief of Resources, will mentor the intern by providing project oversight, general guidance, and potential careers with NPS cultural resource programs.  The intern will also have the opportunity to work with other staff to develop other desired skill sets.  Visits to other NPS units and archeological and curatorial facilities can be arranged.  Housing is provided on-site.


About Casa Grande Ruins National Monument: Casa Grande Ruins preserves a group of structures, including the well-known Casa Grande itself, belonging to the ancient Sonoran Desert people of the Hohokam Cultural period.  This large farming community was located at the end of a prehistoric canal system just south of the Gila River. T he Great House, which dates to the 14th century, was named in 1694 by Father Eusebio Kino.  The park is also home to a number of historic structures largely dating to CCC construction in the 1930s.  The park is located in the Sonoran Desert within the town of Coolidge, AZ.

-Age 18 to 35 
-Be a US citizen, legal resident, or have a J-1 Visa 
-Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from -college within the past one year 
-Interest in learning more about archeology, historic preservation, curation, and cultural resource management with the NPS.    
-Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) helpful and more needed for some positions 
-Be social media savvy! 

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How to apply
Applications will only be accepted through the online application at latinoheritageintern.com. Applications must be submitted by February 6, 2017 (11:59 p.m., applicant’s time zone). Top candidates will be selected for interviews. Placement decisions will generally be made by April. The paid 10 to 11-week internship period will begin in late May through early June 2017 and conclude in August through early September 2017 depending on specific requirements of the project site.

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