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CRDIP Curatorial Member: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
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American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and through the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, is seeking a Curatorial Member to assist in cultural resource management at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 15, 2023
Estimated End Date: November 10, 2023
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces students and recent graduates, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. CRDIP participants will have the opportunity to attend several professional development webinars as well as write blogs or create videos about their projects throughout their term. To learn more: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/join-us.htm
Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park- Woodstock, VT
Nestled among the rolling hills and pastures of eastern-central Vermont, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first conservationists, and later the home of Frederick Billings, the property was given to the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F. Rockefeller. The museum collection consists of over 116,000 objects, primarily historic furnishings, but also extensive 19th and 20th century art (Hudson River School), mementos, and textiles, belonging to the Billings and Rockefeller families. It is a diverse collection that For more information about the park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
Having a personal vehicle is not required, but highly recommended for commuting and to access groceries and other needs on days off. Public transportation and ride share are not available or dependable.
Position Overview: Assisting in the Cultural Resources programs, the successful candidate’s duties will include:
-environmental monitoring, housekeeping, integrated pest management, preventive conservation, rehousing, and specific projects including:
-Improve storage of Billings-Kittredge Herbarium post-digitization
-Pack watercolors for hand-carry transportation to conservation lab/studio
– cataloging, condition report, inventory, and specific projects including:
-Baseline assessment of animal-drawn vehicle condition to advise conservation treatment
-Update digital records with appraisal information
Museum Collections Use
-Access, digitization, research requests, and specific projects including:
-Plan an exhibit from concept development to installation
-Contribute content to digital platforms (social media, website, etc.) about collections care, museum objects, and resource/site history
Additional opportunities exist for interpretation and research
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development, promote exposure to land management agencies, and networking with professionals. Opportunities may include gaining experience in different conservation fields (natural or cultural), and shadowing different work groups within the park
Schedule: Full-time position Monday to Friday; 8:00/8:30 am – 4:30/5:00 pm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $560/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $3,247.50 upon successful completion of a complete service term and service hours.
Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here (https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements)
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. A reimbursement not to exceed $700/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific onboarding and training will be provided, which may include historical overview, museum housekeeping, museum integrated pest management, object handling, rehousing, and site orientation.
-Basic computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
-Excellent organizational, research, and writing skills
-Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
-Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
-Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
-A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
-Ability to pass required three-part criminal history check
-Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
-ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term
-ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation
-Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement
-To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website here (https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements)
-Possess a degree, experience, and/or demonstrated interest in museum studies, art history, cultural resource management, American history, public history, or a related discipline
Knowledge and skills in the principles of museum practices
-Bilingual applicants are welcome and encouraged
-Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, and reaching with hands and arms. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, ladders, and/or crouch. Ability to traverse uneven and/or unpaved exterior areas throughout the park grounds.
Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 25 pounds unassisted, ability to move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance.
Environmental: Office environment conditions; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact CRDIP Member Coordinator, Samira Rosario Martinez, at email@example.com.
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.