Biscayne National Park Cultural Resources Internship
American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Biscayne National Park, is seeking one qualified intern interested in terrestrial and submerged archeology and cultural resource management. The intern will work directly with the park archeologist and will assist with all aspects of the Cultural Resource Management Program at Biscayne National Park in Homestead, Florida.
This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing his or her career goals in archeology and cultural resource management through hard work and commitment to the National Park Services’ rich and unique cultural resources.
The intern will work directly with the park archeologist and will assist with all aspects of the Cultural Resource Management Program at Biscayne National Park (BISC), including historic research, archeological survey, archeological site documentation and monitoring, and laboratory work associated with the processing and conservation of artifacts. Additionally, the intern will perform outreach services, especially to minorities and youths from local communities, and will potentially participate in public interpretation activities at the park.
The primary requirements of the internship will be to serve as an assistant and “dive buddy” to the park archeologist during underwater archeological site monitoring and condition assessments. The intern will also produce an independent research project designed to document the complete property ownership and development history of the islands within BISC. The intern may also have the opportunity to lead an a vocational archeological training program directed to the public and local SCUBA diving youth. The selected intern is also encouraged to consider personal research interests that may be accommodated by access to the many rich cultural resources of the park.
The intern will work directly for the BISC cultural resource manager and will participate in a minimum of 50 archeological site condition assessments (both terrestrial and submerged), will perform at least 40 hours of research to assist in documenting the ownership history and previous historic development of the islands in BISC, will assist in drafting archeological site reports and plans, and will maintain the NPS ASMIS (Archeological Sites Management and Information System) database. The intern will potentially assist in archeological field investigations that may include underwater or terrestrial site survey or test excavations, and may be expected to conserve, process, and analyze archeological collections from submerged or terrestrial archeological field projects.