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Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate Park History Program (PHP) Fellowship

American Conservation Experience - EPIC
John Day, Oregon
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Science and Technology Studies
Organization Type
Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate Park History Program (PHP) Fellowship

SummaryAmerican Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking four (4) Fellows to contribute to work alongside NPS Staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit our website.

Start Date: October 2024

Estimated End Date: October 2025 *a 52-week minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Remote. Each position will be connected to an NPS site for their project. Sites include:
  • Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument
  • Pullman National Historical Park
  • Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument
  • NPS Southeast Regional Office

For more information, please visit the NPS website.

Position Overview:

The Fellowships will provide research, interpretation, and education to commemorate "...the history of the African American Civil Rights movement; the significance of the civil rights movement as a crucial element in the evolution of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the relevance of the African American Civil Rights movement in fostering the spirit of social justice and national reconciliation." (African American Civil Rights Act of 2017, PL 115-104)

ACE Fellows will undertake career development, mentoring, and skills training opportunities including resume-writing and job application best practices. Training opportunities and exposure offered by the Senior NPS Cultural Resources staff members may include but not be limited to: website Content Management Systems (CMS) development and certification; National Register and National Historic Landmark policies, procedures, and documentation preparation; oral history best practices and interview techniques; grant and cooperative agreement administration; public speaking; and budget development.

Below are duties and focal points specific to the four NPS sites:

Pullman National Monument (PULL) - Remote/Chicago, IL

The Fellow will assist PULL with telling the story and legacy of African American workers associated with the Pullman company and will include:
  • Research and write online blogs and articles; present research findings by webinar or in-person; post historical information to social media outlets; create story maps and other virtual history exhibits; etc.
  • Collaborate with park staff to support and provide continuing education instruction to 4th-12th grade and undergraduate educators based on the intern's area of research emphasis. Also, collaborate with park staff to help and train high school "young historians" on best practices to conduct historic African American Civil Rights research and interpretation.
  • Research Pullman African American workforce demographics, both on-board the rail cars as well as in rail car manufacturing, repair, and management to determine patterns, times, skills, and locations of the workforce. Present findings as well as outline future additional research opportunities.

  • Medgar and Merlie Evers National Monument (MEMY) - Remote/Jackson, MS

    The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument Fellow will develop a more interactive and engaging travel itinerary of AACRN members in Mississippi that will include:
  • A story map of each site with photos and sound recordings when applicable.
  • An "expand your trip" option to include nearby civil rights sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places, but may not be on the AACRN.
  • Links to key documents, collections, and references are located at the National Archives Records Administration, Mississippi Division of Archives and History, and other digital repositories.
  • 4. Lastly, collect high-resolution images of artifacts that are connected to the history of that particular site.

  • Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument - Remote/Sumner and Glendora, MS and Chicago, IL

    The Fellowship will assist the new multi-site TILL unit by assisting with telling the story and legacy of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.
  • Research, interpretation, and education of African American civil rights history including but not limited to research and writing online blogs and articles on civil rights topics; presenting research findings by webinar or in-person; posting historical information to social media outlets; creating story maps and other virtual history exhibits; etc.
  • Identify the role that Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ played in the Great Migration that brought African Americans (including Mamie Till-Mobley and her family) to Chicago. Roberts Temple served as an interim home for many African American families who moved to Chicago from the South, and many children were born in the Church. Conduct oral interviews and research with Church elders and community members.
  • Conduct oral interviews with Church elders at Roberts Temple in addition to families and community members who attended the viewing and funeral of Emmett.
  • Gap analysis that results in the production of an annotated outline of the history of Roberts Temple.
  • Assisting with planning and execution of the virtual and in-person 70th anniversary TILL program events including securing meeting locations, drafting invitations to participants, arranging event logistics such as audiovisual needs, and onsite or online coordination.

  • Southeast (Region 2) Regional Office - Remote/Atlanta, GA

    The Fellowship will assist with research and documentation of multiple National Parks in the Southeast Region by assisting with telling the story and legacy of African American history and associated historic sites. Activities include:
  • Designed, planned, and project-managed history research documents like special history studies, National Register nominations, National Historic Landmarks theme studies and associated nominations, administrative histories, and other history reports related to African American history.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and advise parks and the Regional Office on interpretation and public education of African American history.
  • Provide public outreach to and conduct collaboration with community partners, advocates, professional organizations, and other stakeholder groups to preserve African American historic and cultural sites, undertake commemorative events and programs, and educate the public about African American history and stories.

  • These individual placements are meant to facilitate professional development and promote exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.


    Fellows will typically serve Mon-Fri, between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm time with flexibility to vary start/stop time based on worksite locality or project needs. Some Saturday hours may be required to participate in advance-scheduled public outreach events and presentations. Limited research travel is expected, including possibly overnight, for conferences, workshops, and project meetings.

    Position Benefits

    Living Allowance: Fellows are expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $1,245/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

    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 and 640 hours of service. If the duration of a PLC-eligible term is not long enough for Members to accrue 640 hours of service (~16 weeks), the total hours served after the term may be eligible to be combined with hours accrued from another PLC-eligible term to meet the 640 hours requirement. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general eligibility information on our Please select one: [usaconservation website] [website at usaconservation dot org].

    Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and will not provided by ACE or the NPS. A $780/month housing allowance will be provided.

    Travel/Training Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $2,400 to be used for eligible travel and training expenses. Further details regarding the distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.

    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. Qualifications

    • 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 both self-directed/work 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).
    • Willing to undergo and must pass the required criminal history checks
    • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
    • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, the beginning-of-term feedback forms, end-of-term evaluations, and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
    • A member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
    • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our ACE website.

    • Degree and Subject Matter: Masters, PhD, or recent post-doctorate level student in African American history, Cultural Resource Management, public history, African American studies, Cultural Anthropology, or a related discipline.
    • Good writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate information in various formats to diverse audiences.
    • Organized, resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably independently and in a group.

    Physical Demands, Work Environment, and Working Conditions:
    • Physical Demands : Requires frequent sitting, standing, and manual dexterity for use of computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment.
    • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral, and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
    • Environmental: Mainly indoor, office environment conditions; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
    • Noise Environment : Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
    • Travel: This position may require domestic travel. Limited travel, including possibly overnight, is expected to participate in conferences, training, workshops, and project meetings.

    Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the National Park Service or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the National Park Service. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to National Park Service 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 ACE's online application page for this position on our website at use conservation dot org. Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Andrew Garcia at agarcia at usaconservation dot org.

    ACE values an inclusive workforce - if you meet at least 70 percent of the qualifications, we want to hear from you! ACE participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information when you are hired to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    EEO: Employment with ACE is based on 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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