Vancouver, WA: Summer CRDIP Collections Assistant – Ft Vancouver National Historic Site (housing incl), American Conservation Experience

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CRDIP Collections Assistant – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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American Conservation Experience

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Vancouver, WA

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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 Collections Assistant to assist Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in collection inventory and exhibit management.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

Start Date: June 5, 2023

Estimated End Date: August 25, 2023

*a 12-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:

Location: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site- Vancouver, WA

Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.

Having a personal vehicle is not required, but highly recommended for commuting and to access groceries and other needs on days off. For more information about the park, please visit:

Position Overview: The Collections Assistant will get a behind-the-scenes look at collections both on exhibit and in collection storage. Working with the park’s Museum Curator, the Collections Assistant will gain experience working with the park’s collection of over 2 million archaeological and historic artifacts, as well as archives. The Collections Assistant will assist museum staff with:

Conducting the park’s mandatory Annual inventory of Museum Property
Routine housekeeping and environmental monitoring in exhibit spaces and collections storage areas weekly and monthly to ensure the preservation and protection of museum collections and enhance the visitor experience to the site
Preparing archaeological collections for cataloging and labeling artifacts once they are cataloged
Assisting with implementing the park’s Deaccession Plan by researching artifact histories, including determining provenience and making recommendations for disposition
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Schedule: Full-time position Monday to Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $580/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for an 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $1,718.25 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.

Housing: Park housing is provided at no cost for the duration of their term. The ACE member will either have their own room or share a room with one other person, but share a kitchen, bathroom, and other living areas.

Relocation Reimbursement: ACE members will have access to up to $1,000 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.

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.



Interest in cultural resource and museum management
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 current and valid form of ID (will be required to provide copies of ID’s upon hiring)
Willing to undergo and must pass the 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

Possess a degree, experience, and/or demonstrated interest in public history, cultural resource management, museum studies, or a related discipline
Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

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: 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

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.

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