ACE CRDIP Intern (paid), American Conservation Experience

By IS Lab May 6, 2020

Website American Conservation Experience

Job Details

Start: May/June, 2020
End: August, 2020
Duration: *11 weeks minimum commitment required*


American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking an Historian interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at the North East Regional Office in Philadelphia, PA.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to cultural resource management.  Applicants must have strong interest in African American and Native American History.

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program(CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program.

DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Resource Assistant Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA Resource Assistant positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.

DHA Applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site.

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Project Website:For more information regarding theNorth East Regional Office, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:

Compensation:The ACE CRDIP Member will receive $560/week paid out every two weeks.

Housing:Park Housing is not available.

Project Background:The Telling All Americans’ Stories-Delaware Project addresses critical NPS needs for two projects in the state of Delaware for gaps in African American history in the National Historic Landmark (NHL) Program. 

Project Goals:For the site identification project, along with a traditional annotated list, the participant will share the findings through a brown-bag webinar presentation hosted by the region, and they can also propose other presentation methods, including Storymaps. For the NHL nomination update, the results will be a thoroughly-researched, well written statement of significance that can be shared with partners, as well as a brief brown bag webinar on the findings hosted by the region. The participant can suggest additional public locations for public presentations as well.

Position Description:One project will build on existing research responding to a legislative requirement that the NPS identify properties potentially eligible as NHLs in Delaware by expanding the findings for sites associated with historic African American and Native American communities. The research will require evaluation of national significance and integrity as well as research in a state-wide geographic scope and across multiple historical themes. The deliverable will be an annotated identification list that will be presented to regional management, park units, and state-wide partners for identification of properties recommended for NHL nomination. The second project will implement the next phase of a region-wide plantation survey to update plantation NHL documentation with the history of enslavement for a property in Delaware. The deliverable will be a draft significance statement for an updated NHL nomination that will be incorporated into a full draft. Both projects will require self-directed research and highly-organized interns interested in coordinating NPS projects with interdisciplinary regional cultural resource staff, park staff, NPS partners, and communities. In addition, the intern will craft social media posts that highlight these stories as smaller, weekly deliverables.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining or within two years of having obtained a Bachelor/Master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Graduate level education in American history, with a focus on African America history
  • Experience with National Register/ National Historic Landmark
  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills will be needed


Please note:Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Michelle Daneriat (385) 228 7827 or mdaneri@usaconservation.orgwith any questions not identified herein.

EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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