Cultural Resources Internship (PO-00735456)

Assist in anthropologyarcheology and history to gain real world experience in cultural resources management (CRM) by assisting professional archeologists and preservation specialists in the performance of programmatic and project activities including archeological inventory and assessment, site documentation, artifact analyses, curation, and stabilization of prehistoric and historic structures.
The project objectives include providing cultural resources training so that the intern can participate and learn from several on-going cultural resources projects. Principal among this is a project to conduct photogrammetry, laser scanning and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) level documentation of a 3-room Ancestral Pueblo structure. The intern also will participate an archeological inventory of lava tube caves and learn to develop mapping, GIS and digital photography skills. The development of baseline data from the lava tube cave inventory helps ELMA meet its compliance obligation objectives under Section 110. Additionally, the intern will receive training in historic preservation methods and techniques and gain hands-on experience in preservation assessment, stabilization, and the implementation of historic preservation treatment plans for the 3-room pueblo as well as other ongoing stabilization projects El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments.

This opportunity will serve to stimulate interest in public lands service and the preservation and stewardship of historic resources, supporting the growth of the next generation of preservationist archeologists.  Additionally, the youth intern’s assistance with the stabilization component will demonstrate to the local community and the public at large, that the NPS is committed to maintaining its historic sites in good condition, contributing to visitor satisfaction in facilities, services, and recreational experiences. The intern’s participation in project activities supports several park goals including completion of the lava tube caves survey in support of the parks inventory and National Register eligibility objectives under Section 110, and participation in data collection, processing, and reporting to meet HABS/HAER documentation level for the El Calderon Basalt Pueblo. Baseline data development from these projects provides valuable cultural resources information that will assist park managers with planning and compliance and help with protecting and interpreting significant archeological sites in the parks.

Compensation amounts: 

  • $500 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,100- one time roundtrip travel allowance
  • $1,000- SCA booked housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Position ID: PO-00735456

Expected Dates: June 26, 2023 - October 29, 2023

Ramah, NM 87321

Training Provided: -Training in the identification of Southwestern archaeological material culture and lava-influenced archaeological features. -Training in state of New Mexico site documentation standards. -Safety training for backcountry and wilderness fieldwork.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: New Mexico has a large number of areas that are famous for their cultural and natural resources. There are many areas in New Mexico and Arizona that provide opportunities for cave exploration and backpacking. Ski resorts in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, & Taos.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Housing is in a small city. You could ride a bike or walk about a mile to a laundromat, a grocery store, and headquarters, but you would otherwise be very isolated. Public transportation is very limited.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
B. Partner will pay The SCA to provide housing for the member

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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