Job Listing
🔗Archaeological Museum Collections Intern – 600 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Ellensburg, WA
  • 17.00 USD / Hour
  • December 1, 2022
  • Department: BLM - Spokane District
  • Job Reference #: 4052c
  • Job Summary: Archaeological museum collections from BLM lands currently housed at Central Washington University need to be inventoried, cataloged, and prepared for submission to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman.
  • Job Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated abilities to be a self-starter, detail-oriented, organized, and dedicated to completing tasks and projects.
    • Experience and skills using Microsoft Office software including Word and Excel
    • Skills and abilities to research archival records, read maps, and search electronic records and databases.
    • Open to undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates, with coursework and/or experience in archaeology (required) and some coursework and/or experience in museum work (preferred).
  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Application Email:

National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

Central Washington University (CWU), Ellensburg, WA houses museum collections from numerous cultural resources research investigations including inventories and excavations of archaeological sites in Washington State. Recently, the university identified collections in their possession that are likely from land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The BLM seeks confirmation that the collections are from BLM land and preparation for transfer to the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA., the primary repository for collections from BLM lands in eastern Washington. Completing the collections inventories and submitting them to the Museum repository will help ensure the collections and the important cultural and scientific values associated with these collections are preserved for future generations.

The collections work may be conducted either at CWU under the direction of the Department of Anthropology or at WSU under the direction of the Museum Director at the Museum of Anthropology. The Spokane District BLM is the lead for this project.

Specific tasks include but are not limited to:

·         Determine the origin and ownership of the museum collections through documentary research and consultation with the CWU Anthropology Department and Spokane District BLM.

·         Organize, catalog, and inventory objects in the collection in accordance with the Museum of Anthropology’s standards for submission and acceptance of Museum collections for long-term storage at WSU.

·         Prepare the collections for submission and transfer to the Museum of Anthropology at WSU.

·         Work independently with regular professional communication with supervisors and other department staff.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.

·         Maintain regular, punctual, and predictable attendance at the job site.

·         Maintain daily logs of work and accomplishments.

·         Submit periodic reports to the BLM regarding the status of the collections project.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    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.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


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