Cultural Resource Management Internship

Expected Dates
November 1, 2021 to February 25, 2022
Mammoth Cave National Park
Position ID

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, back filling, artifact processing, and use of hand tools to remove vegetation.

Laboratory work includes 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 a 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)
  • $200 / week living allowance
  • Housing included at the park
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education, award valued at $2,360.00, upon successful completion of the program.
  • The unique natural and cultural resources at Mammoth Cave National Park offer diverse recreation and tourism opportunities for nearly a million visitors annually. Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses over 83 miles of multi-use surface trails intertwined among 52,830 acres of forest. Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave system with over 412 miles of explored cave passages lying beneath the surface.

    In addition to the extensive natural resource, the park offers a rich cultural history. Archeologists believe prehistoric people enter the cave approximately 5,000 years ago. After rediscovery by European settlers, the cave saw several uses, but quickly became a magnet for tourists from the United States and abroad. Its first commercial tour was in 1816. Some of the earliest enslaved cave guides, Stephen Bishop, Mat Bransford, and Nick Bransford, were responsible for discovering many of Mammoth Cave’s famous passages.

    These cultural and natural treasures are protected within this national park and are considered national treasures and have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and serve as the core area of in an international biosphere.

    The importance of continuing to explore and discover the secrets of Mammoth Cave National Park and thereby continuing to draw visitors to its diversity, beauty, and mystery, as they have since prehistory is reflected in the mission and purpose of the park

    – to preserve, protect, interpret, and study the internationally recognized biological and geologic features and processes associated with the longest know cave system in the world, the park’s diverse forested karst landscape, the Green and Nolin Rivers and extensive evidence of human history; and to provide and promote public enjoyment, recreation, and understanding.

    **Mammoth Cave National Park manages over one thousand archaeological sites within its 53,000- acre boundary. Many of the sites are vulnerable to damage from unauthorized excavations, animal burrowing, water erosion, and other processes.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent without supervision
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
some experience