Resource Management Intern

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
 
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
 
POSITION OVERVIEW
Position Title Resource Management Intern
NPS Unit Name Christiansted National Historic Site – Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Position Dates June 11 – August 3, 2018
Position Description Christiansted National Historic Site will provide college students from the University of the Virgin Islands or other Historically Black College and University (HBCU) interested in archeology, history, and museum studies/collections management with an opportunity to gain experience first-hand supporting National Park Service (NPS) Cultural Resource conservation in practice. Interns will assist NPS and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on archeological fieldwork and museum exhibit development as part of the Slave Wrecks Project. Interns will work directly with NPS Cultural Resource Program Manager/Archeologist at CHRI on historic/archeological compliance and research, historic building restoration actions (with park facilities division), archival research and documentation of enslaved conditions in Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the second year for the community archaeological component of Slave Wrecks Project on St. Croix, with the goal of engaging visitors and residents alike in dialogues about the history of the island and the long-term effects the enslavement of Africans have had on culture, society, and landscape.
 
Duties will include:
1) work with NPS archaeologists from CHRI and the Southeast Archeological Center on excavations at the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse (1734-1835), focused on the residences of enslaved Africans working at the complex, and the location of a slave auction yard;
2) assist with artifact analysis, processing, and cataloging and NPS Museum Collections Program; participate in a broader, global collaborative effort to interpret the trans-Atlantic slave trade, while building local cultural resource management and interpretive capacity, and cultivating archaeological stewardship.
 
The NPS also administers maritime areas in which, at least three ships have been documented as foundering while carrying slaves. Together, these land and submerged sites constitute a unique opportunity within US territorial waters, for the archaeological exploration and interpretation of one of the most consequential
historical processes in American and global history: The Slave Trade.
 
All interested are encouraged to apply but local candidates from The University of the Virgin Islands are preferred.
Qualifications
Currently enrolled or recent graduate with a background in anthropology, history, geography, sociology, psychology, communications, or related field Able to commit up to 32 hours per week, M-F with NPS Cultural Resource Program.
  • Have valid US driver's license
  • If local candidate, have own transportation (POV)
  • Strong interest in history/cultural resources
  • Training in first aid
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
 
Additional qualifications:
•          Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate (2 years) in an accredited HBCU institution
•          Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
•          Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
•          Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment The majority of work will be outdoors, in either woods with thick brush and understory or in the main open park in downtown Christiansted. There are no poisonous snakes on the island, but there are scorpions, centipedes, bees, and stinging wasps. Several plans have large stickers and spines, and some are poisonous with poisonous fruit and sap. Clothes for outdoor work include hiking boots, closed-toed shoes, thick rip-stop cargo pants (army-navy surplus), hats, bandannas, and clothes that can get dirty. Interns may also assist with snorkeling on submerged archaeological sites – appropriate swimwear, shirts (to prevent sunburn), and hats are recommended.
Vehicle/License Requirement A valid driver's license is required. The student may operate government vehicles. Students that are in this position must carry a valid state issued ID with them at all times.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at www.serve.gyfoundation.org
 
 
For more information about HBCUI visit www.hbcui.gyfoundation.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact us at hbcui@gyfoundation.org
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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