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CRDIP Curatorial & Visitor Services Member - Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

Employer
American Conservation Experience - EPIC
Location
Windsor, Vermont
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Nonprofit
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and through the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, is seeking a Curatorial & Visitor Services Member to assist Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park staff with cultural resource management and visitor experience.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Start Date: May 6, 2024 (preferred)

Estimated End Date: 52 weeks after start date

*a 52-week minimum commitment is required *

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces students and recent graduates, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. CRDIP participants will have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars as well as write blogs or create videos about their projects throughout their term.

Location: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park- Cornish, NH

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's greatest sculptors lived here seasonally starting in 1885, and year-round 1900 until his death in 1907. Experience the park grounds, where several of Saint-Gaudens bronze sculptures are on view throughout the year, and trails wind through the woods. For more information about the park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm

Having a personal vehicle is not required, but is highly recommended for commuting and to access groceries and other needs on days off. Public transportation and ride share are not available or dependable.

Position Overview: Assisting in both the Cultural Resources and Visitor Experience programs, the successful candidate's duties will include:
  • Learn proper object handling techniques and basic methods for object care, including basic bronze preventive conservation and care, and object movement and installation which may require the operation of government owned vehicles.
  • Develop interpretation skills, including interpersonal communication with visitors having a wide range of backgrounds, and interpretation of cultural artifacts and associated stories through research, tours, and/or exhibit creation
  • Perform routine museum housekeeping of historic structures and exhibition spaces, including environmental monitoring and integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Contribute content to digital platforms (social media, website, etc.) about collections care, museum objects, and/or park history.
  • Assist with inventorying a vast fine art and history collection, featuring sculptural works in bronze and plaster, oil and watercolor paintings, prints, photographs, postcards and other ephemera, books, textiles, medals, coins, decorative arts, and ceramics.
  • Additional opportunities for research projects, rehousing and labeling of museum objects for storage, exhibition development, and packing and transportation of museum objects, and assistance with co-managed parks will be offered.

All interns will learn the process of exhibit development, including research, writing, object selection, and installation of their capstone exhibit project.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development, promote exposure to land management agencies, and networking with professionals. Opportunities may include gaining experience in different conservation fields (natural or cultural), shadowing different work groups within the park, and/or assistance at other National Park Service sites.

Schedule: Full-time position; Eight-hour days Monday-Friday, with core hours of 9am-3pm EST. Flexibility for beginning/end time. Exceptions to schedule will include some variation during the park's operating season (Memorial Day through October 31) when acting in Visitor Services role. Opportunities to assist with special events may include optional weekend or evening hours, with advance coordination to ensure that ACE minimum hours requirement is met.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2023/24 grant year program, valued up to $6,895.00 upon successful completion of a complete service term and service hours.

Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. A reimbursement not to exceed $700/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing, in addition to the weekly living allowance.

Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Park-specific onboarding and training will be provided, which may include site orientation, formal/informal interpretation, historical overview, museum housekeeping, museum integrated pest management, object handling, rehousing, automated cataloging systems.

Qualifications

Required:
  • Basic computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  • Excellent organizational, research, communication, and writing skills
  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to be flexible, working both self-directed and alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request), to regularly operate government vehicles.
  • Ability to pass ACE required three-part criminal history check.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation
  • Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website here

Preferred:
  • Possess a degree, experience, and/or demonstrated interest in public history, cultural resource management, museum studies, anthropology, art history or a related discipline
  • Experience or interest with advanced imaging software, such as PhotoShop
  • Experience or interest with public speaking and communicating with/writing for the general public
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of museum practices
  • Bilingual applicants are welcome and encouraged


Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
  • Physical Demands: This is a fast-paced and often active position. Ability to traverse uneven and/or unpaved exterior areas throughout the park grounds, as collections objects and associated materials are located in numerous modern and historic buildings and settings across 190 acres of parkland. Regular duties require frequent walking/hiking, carrying, reaching with arms and hands while on ladders, sitting, standing, using hands to feel or handle. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools beyond computer keyboard/mouse including other office equipment and specialized museum collections handling tools or equipment. Duties will require work outdoors and/or in un-heated/un-air-conditioned historical structures throughout the year; environments may include temperature extremes, uneven floors, frequent stair climbing and walking, accessing crawl spaces (expect to bend, crouch, kneel, or stoop), and traversing uneven/unpaved grounds. Work may include contact with dust, dirt, pollen, and grime, and/or the use of approved solutions and chemicals.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted : Collection consists of heavy fine art sculptures and associated equipment made of metal, bronze, wood, plaster. Frequently moves up to 25 lbs. unassisted, ability to move additional weight or without assistance.
  • Environmental: Some museum collections objects are exhibited or stored in non-climate-controlled historic structures, where extremes of hot/humid and cold/dry conditions may vary depending on the season. Personal workspace is located in an office environment, where conditions are generally typical; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
  • Noise Environment : Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including pest excrement and mold on a routine basis but will be provided proper protective equipment. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members, or cultural resources.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Samira Rosario Martinez, CRDIP Member Coordinator, at srosario-martinez@usaconservation.org.

EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

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