🔗Archeology Crew Member – 640 hours
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 for 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 and Archeology Crew Lead, the Crew Member will work in a two-person archeological crew for a systematic shovel test pit survey of newly acquired park lands. Primarily, this is a field position with some rain-day office work. The Crew Member will dig and screen shovel test pits with the Crew Lead. The team will identify and make controlled collections of cultural material. Under the guidance of the Crew Lead, they will develop excavation and artifact identification skills and learn to identify soil changes and possible archeological features. The Crew Member will help fill out level forms, bagging artifacts and labeling artifact bags, taking Munsell soil color readings, take digital photos, and collect GPS/GIS data. An attention to detail, organization, and spatial data control is essential. Two Crew Members 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 https://preservenet.org/ncpe-internships/ 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.