Cultural Resource Management Internship (PO-00734585)

This project is focused on the preservation of cultural resources within Mammoth Cave National Park (MACA).  The SCA intern will work directly under the Cultural Resources Program Manager in completing cultural resource field surveys, working with external partners, and collaborating with volunteers to manage sensitive cultural resources.  

The resource management work involves conducting field documentation of archaeological sites, completing NEPA/NHPA compliance, and using photography and GPS mapping.  Fieldwork includes locating prehistoric and historic sites, recording archaeological and environmental data, maintaining essential field documentation, and reporting the information collected.  The Project will vary but include condition assessments, shovel testing, pedestrian survey, open excavations, backfilling, artifact processing, and use of hand tools to remove vegetation.

Laboratory work includes the production of field catalogs and inventories of archaeological data, washing and sorting artifacts, analyzing artifacts and field data, producing maps and drawings, database entry, and cataloging.

The SCA intern will receive training in field surveys and obtain broad experience in managing resources in a National Park setting.  The SCA intern will also assist the Cultural Resources Manager and Chief of Science and Resource Management in other related cultural resource management efforts, providing a broad learning experience.  This position will receive in-field training to further prepare the individual for a career in the management of cultural resources.

Applicants for this position should possess an undergraduate degree in archaeology, anthropology, or related cultural resources degree and/or experience.   

Compensation Details:

  • $1,100 one-time travel allowance (personal vehicle is required)
  • $500 / week living allowance
  • Housing included at the park

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements
based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.


Position ID: PO-00734585

Expected Dates: January 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024

Training Provided: Training and mentoring objectives include providing opportunities to interns to gain hands-on training experience in field surveys and obtain a broad experience in managing resources in a National Park setting.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: A wide variety of recreational opportunities are available in the park including, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, camping, bicycling. SCA members may also receive the opportunity to participate in monthly Cave Research Foundation expeditions.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Park housing is within walking or biking distance to office. Intern will drive or ride in government owned vehicle to field locations.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

The park has various housing units available. Assignments will be made at time of intern selection. 

All housing units options will be shared with 1-2 roommates in either a house or apartment style complex.  Each unit will have a full kitchen, utility area, dining area, living room, and shared laundry facilities in a centralized location.  Further details will be provided to applicants during the interview process based on availability at that time.

Interns will be expected to furnish their own bedding items (sheets, blankets, pillows). Cleaning solutions (kitchen/bathroom soap/shampoo, mop solution, dish/laundry detergent). Kitchen and bathroom towels.  Each unit has major appliances: stove, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, coffee maker, and toaster. Dinnerware and cutlery are provided along with standard sized pots and pans.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: No

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