Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program
The dream of a better life catapulted thousands of people to Alaska and the Yukon Territory when gold was discovered in 1896. Their journey shaped them, and changed the people they encountered and the north forever. Today, the park remembers the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush. The Park contains natural areas, cultural, archeological, and historic sites, and museum collections that consist of archeological, historical, archival, and ethnological objects and artifacts.
The successful candidates will assist National Park Service (NPS) museum curator and project manager with conservation and processing of historic documents and general museum collection care work. Interns will be working under the supervision of a project manager. Daily tasks include conservation, digitization, database entry, lab maintenance and basic treatment steps for collections and archive materials. Work involves prolonged sedentary periods during processing. Additional tasks may include support for research requests, annual inventories, report writing (condition assessments), museum housekeeping, integrated pest management, and environmental data collection of museum facilities as assigned.
Basic treatment steps may include a variety of surface cleaning methods, mending tears, and humidifying/flattening under the guidance of an NPS conservator. The types of objects/materials could vary but will focus on paper. Testing of materials to ensure the preservation of the objects during treatment such as spot testing will also be included in the project. Training will be provided in proper paper conservation methods.
Interns will be part of a team that assists each other as needed to help everyone succeed. Up to 3 interns working 1200 hours each may be hired.
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.