🔗Interpretation and Education Member – Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Website American Conservation Experience
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Interpretation and Education Member to contribute to education and interpretation projects alongside Hopewell Culture Staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: 08/13/2023
Estimated End Date: 11/25/2023
*a 15 minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park – Chillicothe, OH
At HOCU, you’ll find earthen mounds and embankments forming huge geometric enclosures that grace the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These monumental structures were built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago. Hopewellian people gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. Almost everyone who studies the Hopewell culture has an “I didn’t know that” story about when they first learned about the special and intriguing culture that developed in this region. The park also has an active archeology program which produces even more understanding of this fascinating and yet little recognized culture. This is a story that needs wider recognition. Every American should learn about the amazing accomplishments of the Native American inhabitants of south and central Ohio 2,000 years ago.
For more information about Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/hocu/index.htm.
Position Overview: ACE Member will offer interpretive and educational programs to the public through in-person and digital formats on natural and cultural resource topics. The objective of these programs will be to increase the visiting public’s understanding of natural, cultural, historic and other aspects of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
The Member will learn how to interact with the public, to run pre-existing programs, and to make personal interpretive programs. Interaction with the public at HOCU helps foster a sense of appreciation in the public for HOCU’s cultural and natural resources. By inspiring greater understanding of these unique resources, the ACE Member can help achieve HOCU’s goal of protecting and preserving fragile earthwork sites for all Americans to enjoy.
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: Thursday through Monday, 8:00 am – 4:30pm. Days off would be Tuesday and Wednesday.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $450/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $1,718.25 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 https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or the National Park Service.
Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $65 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.