Historic Preservation Interns

Expected Dates
June 27, 2022 to October 30, 2022
Pecos National Historical Park
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

Come join our seasonal staff at Pecos National Historical Site in Pecos, New Mexico! Pecos National Historical Park is in the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains not far from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The park is over 6000 acres in size and the beautiful Pecos river flows through the park. This internship will work directly with the park Archaeologist and Historic Preservation crew leader. The intern will learn tasks necessary to preserve and document earthen architecture (adobe) and stone masonry ruins.

Duties/Training include:

Hands-on historic preservation tasks focused on conservation of the Pecos Spanish Colonial Mission ruins, including the following:
-Making/mixing adobe bricks, mortar, and mud plaster
-Completing routine repairs to adobe brick veneers and walls
-Building adobe brick walls

-Mud plaster applications
-Building and maintaining brick and mud caps/tops of walls for protection
-Dry stacking stone walls; mortaring or repointing stone masonry mortar joints
-Completing documentation of preservation work including: scientific photography, photo logs, notes, filling out forms, and calculating materials used and areas treated
-Learning about the archaeology and preservation history of Pecos
-Carrying buckets or bricks totaling up to 40lbs
-Safe use of hand tools to build and repair walls
-Adjusting dirt fill levels by removing or adding dirt for more effective drainage

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 - weekly living allowance
  • $50 - weekly commuting allowance 
  • $1200 - monthly housing allowance for SCA leased housing 
  • SCA recruitment and support

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

*This position is dependent on confirmation of federal funding and full execution of an agreement


  • Pecos National Historical Park is located in north New Mexico, 35 miles east of Santa Fe, along I-25. The park is located at 6500 feet in elevation at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Other nearby communities include Pecos, Rowe, and Las Vegas, New Mexico.
  • Training in hands-on preservation techniques, focusing on adobe and stone masonry and mud plaster

    Documentation skills with special emphasis on photography and technical forms

  • Archaeological site tours


    Outdoor activities


    Cultural events

Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Data Entry
some experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision