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🔗Plains Archaeological Collections Intern – 680 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Topeka, KS
  • $24.00 USD / Hour
  • Applications have closed
  • Department: Bureau of Reclamation - Kansas Historical Society
  • Job Reference #: 3447a
  • Job Summary: The internship includes examining, cataloging, and preparing archaeological collections for long term curation and preparing associated cultural resource records for submission to the repository. 680 hours must be completed by August 23, 2024.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Applicants should be upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in archaeology, anthropology, or museum studies, or a recent graduate in those fields. Prior course work, training, experience, or other knowledge in Plains archaeology is preferred.

    The candidate must be able to identify and quantify classes of prehistoric objects such as ceramics, bone, shell, lithics, diagnostic artifacts, and associated debris. Must be able to research museum records and archival documentation such as field notes, excavation maps, and final reports to determine object provenience. The candidate must be able to work independently, be detail-oriented, and possess strong technical, research, and computer skills.

    The intern must furnish and use a personal laptop with Microsoft Office products. The candidate should be able to understand and enter catalog data in an Excel spreadsheet. Museum supplies and a backup memory drive will be provided.

  • How to Apply:

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

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Uses carts or other means to move boxes weighing between 5 and 40 lbs within the facility. Work involves prolonged sedentary periods during processing which can be relieved to some degree with breaks.
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Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is a leader of water development projects in the Western United States and has also contributed significantly to our knowledge of the nation’s prehistory and history. Archaeological sites, historic buildings and structures, landscapes, and objects are the fabric of our national heritage. Collectively known as cultural resources, they are our tangible links with the past. As an agency of the Federal government, Reclamation is responsible for protecting and managing these irreplaceable resources in a spirit of stewardship for future generations.

The successful candidate will be stationed at the Kansas Historical Society (KHS), Cultural Resources Division in Topeka, Kansas. The KHS is home to the Kansas State Archives and the Kansas Museum of History. The KHS administers state-owned historic sites and collects and preserves the story of Kansas history. KHS is a repository for the Bureau of Reclamation’s archaeological collections which were excavated from sites in north-central Kansas ranging in age from the Archaic, Woodland, and Plains Village periods. The collection size is estimated at 28 cubic feet, or 28 boxes.

This opportunity provides exposure to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) curation procedures, standards, and collections management fundamentals. The intern will organize the collections by identifying, sorting, labelling, tagging, and re-housing artifacts for long term storage. The intern will perform catalog data entry, select and photograph diagnostic objects, and share backed-up data with Reclamation’s specialist for future import into the DOI’s Interior Collection Management System (ICMS). In addition, the intern will examine associated cultural resource records and may scan records for submission to Reclamation and the KHS repository.

Location: Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615-1099.

Duration: 680 hours (c. 17 weeks) must be completed by August 23, 2024. Work may begin as early as January 2024, with a flexible start date depending on intern availability.

Schedule: Access to the building is restricted to business hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with some days limited to 3:30 pm depending on facility staff availability. A flexible part/full-time schedule may be arranged to accommodate intern availability.

Other Information: Housing and transportation are not provided. Public transit is available to the facility on Route 6:

This position is funded by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service. Program eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.