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🔗Cultural Resource Member (Museum) – Homestead National Historical Park

  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Temporary
  • Beatrice, NE
  • $600.00 USD / Week
  • Job Qualifications:

    Qualifications

    Required:

    Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts.
    Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
    Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
    A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
    Willing to undergo and must pass the required criminal history check.
    Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
    ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
    Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement or as defined by AmeriCorps.
    To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our usaconservation website.

    Preferred:

    Competitive applicants for this position will have coursework or experience in history, archives, or museum studies.
    Knowledge of the historical research process, an attention to detail, and the ability to communicate ideas effectively.
    Basic computer skills including a familiarity with Microsoft Word.

    Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

    Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, using hands to handle or feel, reaching, and carrying. talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for handling fragile objects. Required to stoop, kneel, climb step ladders, push carts, and crouch to retrieve objects.

    Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.

    Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 15 lbs., ability to move up to 40 pounds.

    Environmental: Mainly indoor, office environment conditions; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.

    Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
    Travel: This position does not require unique travel.

    Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.

    Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.

  • How to Apply:

    To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position on our usaconservation website. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact EPIC NPS Eastern Member Manager, Emily Oostveen (eoostveen@usaconservation.org).

    EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

  • Job benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2023/24 grant year program, valued up to $1,824.07 upon successful completion of a complete service term and 450 hours. Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required. Qualifying Child Care Coverage: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for qualifying child care coverage. Additional enrollment steps are required. Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online on the usaconservation website. Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term. Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $250 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
  • Contact Name: Emily Oostveen
  • Application Email: eoostveen@usaconservation.org
  • Application URL: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/1099070

Website American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.

Summary

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Homestead National Historical Park, is seeking ONE Cultural Resources Member (Intern) to contribute to Cultural Resource and Museum projects alongside NPS Staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit our usaconservation website.

Start Date: June 2024 (date is flexible depending on candidate)

Estimated End Date: 12 weeks after start

*a 12-week minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Homestead National Historical Park is dedicated to remembering the many legacies of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres (0.65 km2) of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property. The park is five miles (8 km) west of Beatrice, Nebraska on a site that includes some of the first acres successfully claimed under the Homestead Act. It features two visitor centers, two historic structures and 3-miles of woodland and prairie trails.

For more information about Homestead National Historic Park please visit the NPS website.

Position Overview: This internship will focus on cataloging the park’s backlog of museum collections. The intern will work alongside the park cultural resource staff to learn the steps necessary to process and house the variety of items that make up the park’s museum collections. Homestead National Historical Park has over 17,000 three-dimensional objects and 900,000 archival documents in its museum collection. The intern will describe and photograph the objects, record information in our database, research associated people and places, and assess condition of the materials. Additional duties will include assisting with the annual museum inventory, environmental monitoring, housekeeping, and visitor services.

Interns will focus on working with the park’s oral history archive allowing the public to view and search these histories. Specific work includes creating web pages highlighting the interviews, uploading audio files and transcripts to NPGallery, working with interviewees or their descendants for legal releases, updating and creating findings aids, and making engaging website and social media content.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Schedule: Typical schedule will be Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, with potential changes for special events or other operational needs.

Benefits

All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact manager@preservenet.org for more details.

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at manager@preservenet.org.

Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

How to Apply

You may review NCPE's internship opportunities anytime without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from manager@preservenet.org to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your username or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. A PDF is preferred, labeled Your Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages are preferred. A PDF is preferred but jpg, png, doc, or docx file types are accepted. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during an application round; there is no limit at other times of the year. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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