🔗CRDIP Cultural Resources Member – Wind Cave National Park
Website American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and through the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, is seeking a Cultural Resources Member to support Wind Cave National Park’s cultural resource operation with tribal nations to document bison cultural significance and begin investigations into potential Co-Stewardship of bison at Wind Cave.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 15, 2023
Estimated End Date: August 4, 2023
*a 12-week minimum commitment is required *
The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces students and recent graduates, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. CRDIP participants will have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars as well as write blogs or create videos about their projects throughout their term. To learn more: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/join-us.htm
Location: Wind Cave National Park- Hot Springs, SD
Wind Cave National Park protects two very different worlds – one deep within the earth, the other a sunlit world of many resources. Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America’s oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. The Black Hills are sacred to many Native Americans and there are 20 Tribes with cultural or historic ties specifically to Wind Cave National Park. For the Lakota Tribes in particular, Wind Cave plays a central role in their history and culture because the cave entrance is their origin site, where they emerged onto this world. For more information about the park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm
Position Overview: The Cultural Resources Member will support operations at Wind Cave National Park (WICA) by researching and documenting bison significance to tribes and beginning development of bison Co-Stewardship opportunities. Responsibilities will include:
Developing web pages that tell the story of the Native American history on the Black Hills landscape and help the park communicate the cultural significance of the land and its resources to the public. This will include information on how they lived on the land and the history of broken treaties that followed European contact. They will work with a Native American training specialist familiar with WICA’s story and who possesses design experience.
Researching and developing bison cultural significance alongside Regional staff and NPS scientists. A document will be produced that will lay the foundation for bison co-stewardship opportunities. This document will contain sections on bison significance to tribes, current tribal bison management programs, tribal bison program contacts list, draft survey questionnaire for tribal bison programs, and recommendation section for next steps.
Supporting resource management operations by assisting other staff on research projects, field operations, and data collection and management
The ACE Member will take part in a 1-week training session at the beginning of their term that is centered on the natural and cultural history of the park, park operations, and safety.
Schedule: Full-time position Monday to Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $680/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
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 here.
Housing: Park housing is provided at no cost for the duration of their term. The ACE member will have their own room, but share a kitchen, bathroom, and other living areas. Park housing is a 10-minute walk to the visitor center.
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. Specific park training may include ATV/UTV operation and others as needed.
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