Museum Intern

Expected Dates
September 9, 2019 to August 30, 2020
Western Archaeological and Conservation Center
Position ID
This Museum Intern position is stationed at the National Park Service’s Western Archeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, Arizona, where approximately 14.5 million museum objects, specimens, and archives are curated for more than 70 national parks. 

This project will provide a museum-focused educational work opportunity for Museum Interns to gain broad experience with preventive care, accountability and general collections management with objects representing a variety of disciplines.   Application of local protocols and museum best practices is expected.   Work will focus on processing incoming collections to prepare them for long-term storage; cataloging museum objects and improving the documentation for previously cataloged material; photographing objects and attaching the images to catalog records to prepare them for inclusion in the NPS Web Catalog; assessing museum databases to identify deficiencies and implementing corrections; and facilitating access to the collection. 

Maximizing the storage space in the objects repository to accommodate collections expected in the next decade is also a primary work effort.  Devising and implementing optimal storage of objects for long-term preservation and analyzing collections storage needs on a large scale to develop strategies to address those needs within the constraints of available time, space, and funds will be important responsibilities.  Techniques and standards gained from this experience can be readily applied in other museum settings.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($5,900 education award and health insurance)
  • Housing

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

  • Western Archeological and Conservation Center, Tucson, AZ
  • Theoretical learning in museum management will be augmented with practical application of local protocols and best museum practices in a modern repository setting. Hands-on training in a variety of techniques and approaches will be provided.
  • An opportunity to work with museum professionals in multiple disciplines; nearby University of Arizona and Saguaro National Park.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision