Cultural Resource Management Internship

Expected Dates
July 12, 2021 to December 3, 2021
Mammoth Cave National Park
Position ID

Cultural Resource Management Internship

This project is focused on cultural resource management (CRM) within Mammoth Cave National Park (MACA). The SCA intern will work directly under the Cultural Resource Program Manager in performing essential identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources at MACA, while working with external partners, and collaborating with volunteers to complete cultural resource management projects. The position will include assisting with the implementation of archeological testing of a historic hotel site located near the park visitor center, documentation and treatment of historic cemeteries, documentation and evaluation of archeological sites and historic structures, and supporting the Science and Resource Management Division, as needed. Activities will include both experiences on the park surface (~80%) and in the caves (~20%) of MACA. The position is set in a dynamic national park setting with many opportunities to learn and test skills in CRM.

The SCA intern will receive training, and hands-on experience with archeological and historic preservation work that will provide skills for employment and inspiration for future career and educational choices. Interns will be trained on safe and effective resource management techniques and practices. Applicants with an educational background that includes coursework in archeology, history, historical architecture, landscape architecture or related fields are desired. Experience with geographic information systems, construction, or hands-on historic preservation techniques are also desirable, but not a prerequisite.


  • $650 travel allowance, paid once
  • $200 weekly living allowance
  • Housing is included at the park
  • AmeriCorps Education award

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

  • Mammoth Cave National Park is located in the beautiful farm country of south central Kentucky. Housing in the area is plentiful and reasonably priced. Medical attention is available in close proximity and the major metropolitan areas of Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN are approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive from the park. The people are friendly, local and regional culture and history are fascinating, recreational opportunities are many. The city of Bowling Green, KY is approximately 35 miles from the park with an estimated population of over 60,000. Also, the city of Glasgow, KY is approximately 19 miles from the park with an estimated population of 14,200.
  • Training and mentoring objectives include providing opportunities to two youth interns to have direct, hands-on experience with historic preservation work that will provide skills for employment and inspiration for future career and educational choices.
  • 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.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision