Museum Program Intern (Conservation Associate)

Expected Dates
October 15, 2018 to August 31, 2019
Chaco Culture NHP
Position ID

MUSEUM PROGRAM INTERN (Conservation Associate)
The position will be with Chaco Culture National Historical Park but will be duty-stationed at the park museum facility located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, NM.   The intern will work with the park’s Museum Program, focusing on the management of cultural and natural history objects and associated field project records and archives curated in the park’s museum collection. Projects will include inventorying and upgrading storage of the park’s significant dendrochronological specimens; managing the environmental monitoring of collection repositories; assisting in NPS museum management data reporting; improving storage conditions of artifacts; archival processing and cataloging of collections such as the rock art documentation records; preparing photographic negatives for cold storage; and digitizing heavily used archival collections and creating metadata to increase access.  The intern will also assist with the development of the park’s digital archive protocols and will assist with curation of digital collections.[80% resource management] In addition, the intern will work with park staff to continue development of a cultural resource outreach program that focuses on museum collections with a particular focus on under served Albuquerque schools.[20% outreach and interpretation]  Additional potential project work will be determined by the Curator and Archivist based on the needs of the park, as well as the particular interests and skills of the intern selected for the position.
The primary duty station is located in Albuquerque, NM. The Chaco Museum Program shares space in a facility located on the University of New Mexico campus. Albuquerque is a major metropolitan area and has a wide range of restaurants, sporting events, entertainment options, and cultural attractions. There are a variety of outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and rock climbing within a short drive of the city. The university location provides a dynamic environment for engagement with other museum professionals and exposure to researchers engaged in cutting edge work.  The Chaco Culture National Historical Park, approximately a 3 1/2 hour drive to the northwest, is located in a remote corner of northwestern New Mexico atop the Colorado Plateau region. Chaco Culture NHP is known best for its outstanding archaeological resources but also contains 34,000 acres of the most significant and best-protected natural resources in the entire San Juan Basin. The intern will have several opportunities for multi-day trips to work on-site at the park and stay in government quarters.
The intern will the fundamentals of museum management and will be involved in daily operations of a National Park Service museum repository.  The SCA intern will help to further the work of the Museum program, not only through contribution to special projects and daily operations, but by developing and presenting interpretive materials and programs, and sharing their newly-gained knowledge of the park’s cultural resources with area school children.

Training Opportunities:

The intern will receive a general orientation that will include an overview of the park, its resources, and standard operating procedures. The intern will complete introductory courses on National Park Service history & operations, public interpretation, and museum management, including training in the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) and Re:Discovery software. Various online training modules may also be available. Other training opportunities will be provided as needs are identified and opportunities arise.

Educational and Recreational Opportunities:

In addition to various formal training opportunities, the intern will learn about the cultural legacy of Chaco Canyon and the Southwest. Opportunities for interactions with cultural resource professionals from the NPS and the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and Center for Southwest Research will be available. The intern will learn about working for the federal government as a representative of the National Park Service; about the laws, regulations, and policies that guide the agency; and specific procedures and practices used in managing park resources. The intern will also learn effective ways to share information and engage students in the importance and function of museum curation, and the Chaco Collection in particular.

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Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
Computer Science
some experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
some experience
competent with supervision
Working with Children
some experience