Topic ID #39296 - posted 3/14/2018 3:18 PM

ACE/NPS CA: Student Museum Tech Internship - AmeriCorps


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP Student Museum Technician Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the National Park Service (NPS) at four NPS sites in Contra Costa County, CA (east of San Francisco).   The primary duty station will be at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park located in Richmond, CA.  Other jointly managed NPS sites in which the incumbent will serve include John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site in Danville, CA and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial near Concord, CA.  

The main purpose of this internship is to organize, process, scan, edit and transcribe up to 80 original manuscripts comprised of letters of correspondence written by the noted playwright Eugene O'Neill, his wife Carlotta, and staff living at Tao House, the home the O'Neill's built and lived in from 1937-1944.

Start: June 4th, 2018

End: 10 weeks from start date 2018 

Duration: *10 weeks minimum commitment required*

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. 

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Compensation: The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $400/week paid out every two weeks.  Each intern will also receive a one-time $640 travel stipend to offset the cost of relocation.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour ($1,230.69) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Housing: Park housing is not available, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE. Local applicants are encouraged to apply.

Project Background: Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (EUON) preserves Tao House, the home of the noted playwright, Eugene O'Neill and his wife Carlotta, from 1937 to 1944. Artifacts and archives included within the EUON museum collection support the interpretation of the O'Neills' lives while living at Tao House and include period and original historic furnishings, clothing, books, and manuscripts. Included in the collection are approximately 80 original manuscripts comprised of letters of correspondence written by O'Neill and his wife Carlotta as well as a number of letters written by staff living in the Tao House with the O'Neill's at the time.

Project Goals: The intern will gain a broad understanding of museum program activities including collections management, historic preservation, research, and public outreach. In serving directly with museum collections, he/she will learn the importance of proper handling techniques and digitization methods. The intern will gain an understanding of the National Park Service mission and how cultural resources play a vital role. Additionally, he/she will be exposed to the varied cultural resources career paths as well as careers in other divisions such as interpretation, maintenance, and administration.

Position Description: The focus of this internship would be to organize, process, scan, edit and transcribe the original O'Neill manuscripts. Scanning these documents is important for preservation reasons. The digital copies can be made accessible to staff and researchers without having to pull the original documents out of museum storage. Transcribing these documents, so that they are available as typed, searchable word document files, is additionally important as many include invaluable information about the O'Neill's lives while living at the Tao House. 

In addition to enhancing the academic understanding of O'Neill, the information uncovered in this project will be incorporated into exhibits, interpretive tours, and on-line through various outlets such as the NPS web catalog. The intern will have the opportunity to present their project to the park staff and generate proposed research topics and exhibit ideas.

The intern will further have the opportunity to assist museum staff with collections management activities at four of our jointly managed sites: John Muir National Historic Site, Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Activities will include aiding in annual inventories, exhibit preparation, and routine environmental monitoring and housekeeping duties.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtaining or within two years of having obtained a Bachelor/Master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field. 


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation. A personal vehicle is required.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products and general computer skills.
  • Ability to retain focus during repetitive tasks and keep a positive attitude.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Coursework and/or interest in: history, museum studies, archives, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, geography, American studies, public history, or similar fields.
  • Familiarity with digital photography, digitization processes and related equipment and software.

The CRDIP Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at


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