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🔗National Cemetery Burial Recovery & Stabilization Project Intern- 480 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Vicksburg, MS
  • 20.00 USD / Hour
  • February 22, 2023
  • Department: Vicksburg National Military Park - Resources Division
  • Job Reference #: 4054a
  • Job Qualifications:

    Preferred qualifications include:

    1. Be a graduate-level archeology or bio-archeology student pursuing a Masters or PhD at an accredited institutions
    2. Have experience taking part in excavation and analysis of human remains and associated burial objects from historic period cemeteries.
    3. Have a demonstrable interest in African American history during the Civil War and Reconstruction Periods.
    4. Have a strong interest in Public Archaeology & bringing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) to park narratives and interpretive programming on multiple levels and platforms.
    5. Have experience collecting, processing, and interpreting samples taken for DNA and possibly isotopic analyses with the goal of obtaining presumptive personal identifications and/or be used to characterize life histories.
    6. Have experience working directly with lineal descendants on cemetery projects.
    7. Demonstrate a strong interest in Mississippi African American history and have experience with or open to conducting detailed research on Civil War era Vicksburg and USCT troops serving here and the surrounding region.
    8. Have excellent academic and highly developed social and communication skills with a wide range of groups.
    9. Preference for a resident of Mississippi or someone with family ties to the state/region.
    10. Preference for someone who is already a member or is willing to join the Society of Black Archaeologists.

  • 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
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Must be able to work safely outdoors in rough terrain, in an uncomfortable (hot & humid) climate, be able bend over and lift moderately heavy objects, weighing up to 40 lbs,
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In the Spring of 2023, Vicksburg National Military Park and National Cemetery (VICK) will initiate temporarily disinter and store on site an estimated 50 to 80 endangered United States Colored Troops (USCT) burials dating to the Civil War. This work is necessary due to extensive damage caused by severe landslides in 2020 and 2021. After extensive planning, preliminary studies, and the start of Section 106 Consultation with a large number of local, state, and national level stakeholders, a memorandum of agreement has been signed committing the park to put specific mitigative measures in place to bring the lives of these soldiers, their descendants, and the black community of Vicksburg to the forefront and to bring justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into full practice for all future interpretation of this critically important place for American Black History.

VICK now has an archaeological firm under contract to conduct the burial recoveries, osteological and artifact analyses, and collect samples for potential DNA or isotopic analyses in anticipation that future studies may be authorized prior to the eventual re-interment of these burials back in the national cemetery.  All this work will be under direct supervision by park staff. VICK hired its own archaeologist in May 2022 to oversee this important project and facilitate all aspects of the project, including coordination with all interested parties.

The park archeologist and collections manager at VICK will jointly supervise and evaluate all work to be done by the intern, whose duties will include: Coordinating daily logistics & communication between the contracted archeologists working at the recovery site with those receiving, analyzing, and cataloging all burials, burial objects, grave markers, as well as any artifacts incidentally encountered that fall within VICK’s collection and curation policy. The intern will need to understand and be fully ready to assist with laboratory and fieldwork tasks as may be required and be fully adept at conducting archival searches locally and online on an as-needed basis. The intern will also need to be ready and able to engage with project stakeholders and properly engage with the general public in support of Section 106 Consultation and in full compliance with all park public and media communications policies for this high-profile project.  Acting in a professional and respectful manner at all times will be of paramount importance for the full duration of this internship.

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