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🔗Archeology Crew Leader – 800 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Macon, GA
  • 19.00 USD / Hour
  • March 4, 2024
  • Department: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
  • Job Reference #: 4096
  • Job Qualifications:

    Strong organizational skills, experience with archaeological inventories especially shovel test pit surveys, field experience working with indigenous cultural material (especially ceramics and lithics), experience with ESRI fields maps or mapping GPS units, and experience with digital photography are required. Four-year degree in Anthropology/Archaeology and experience in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) are preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and ESRI AGOL and ArcPro are preferred. Must work well in a team setting and have good communication skills.

  • How to Apply:

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

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO), Housing Allowance, Travel Stipend
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Macon, GA can be extremely hot and humid during the summer months. The work conditions can change quickly with summer storm events. Position requires hiking on uneven or swampy terrain. Biting insects are common and poisonous snakes and other wildlife are present. Poison ivy and thorny vegetation are present. Must be able to hike while carrying up to 40 lbs. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided. The position requires wearing hiking boots and long pants. Crew safety is the most important priority at the park.
  • Application Email:

Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is the sacred homeland to the Muscogee people. The park’s archeology spans 12,000 years encompassing indigenous and post-removal occupations. The Muscogee people were forcibly removed from the Macon plateau in the early 19th-century but still return to experience the landscape of their ancestors. Situated along the Ocmulgee River, the park includes both floodplain and upland forests. Mississippian mounds are the most prominent cultural features on the landscape. The city of Macon’s downtown is visible from the summit of the Great Temple Mound. A trail system allows visitors to explore the vegetation and wildlife of the wetland and upland environments.

Under the direction of the Park Archeologist, lead a two-person archeological crew for a systematic shovel test pit survey of newly acquired park lands. Primarily, this is a full-time field position with some rain-day office work. The Crew Leader will dig and screen shovel test pits with the Crew Member. The team will identify and make controlled collections of cultural material. The Crew Leader will maintain field equipment, review field methodologies, the NAGPRA Plan of Action, and job hazards with the crew, and maintain field records. The Crew Leader will review survey forms and unit photos in the field. In addition to survey form and photo log maintenance, the Crew Leader will oversee the collection of GPS/GIS data in the field. An attention to detail, organization, and spatial data control is required for the position. The Crew Leader will assist with pre-fieldwork preparation and planning and post-fieldwork report preparation. Two Crew Leaders will be hired for the summer of 2024.

This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.

Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate.  Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.

  • 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.

    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 for more details.


    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

    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

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    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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