Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking a DHA Native American Archaeology member interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is eager to conduct archaeological surveys to protect Native American ancestral archaeological sites and develop content for park visitor engagement that accurately represents Native American ancestral experiences.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org


Start: Late May/Early June 2021

End: Mid-August 2021 (or 11 weeks after start date)

*11 weeks minimum commitment required*


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces undergraduate and graduate students, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. Applicants must be 18-30 (up to 35 for Veterans) and be in pursuit of a higher education degree.

A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.

DHA applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to various stakeholders at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site. After successful completion of the internship, and graduation from their degree program, the intern will receive DHA non-competitive hiring eligibility.

Location: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a place where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming- all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park’s 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. The islands are somewhat remote but are generally small; no more than a 30-45 minute walk across. Terrain on the islands ranges from rocky to sandy, with slippery coastal areas, and vegetation ranging from open beaches, salt marshes, and meadows to dense shrub thickets and wooded areas.

For more information regarding Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, please visit www.bostonharborislands.org and www.nps.gov/boha

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $560/week to offset the cost of food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is not provided by ACE or NPS. A reimbursement of $1,000/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing.

Project Background and Goals: This project has two complementary goals: (1) Implement archaeological site surveys under the direction of the City of Boston Archaeologist on one or more of the Boston Harbor Islands, in order to refine knowledge of the site boundaries for sites that protect Native American ancestral experiences in the park and/or colonial era artifacts, and (2) develop Native American content for park visitor engagement, in partnership with a local Native American mentor and other park partners.

This project will help the NPS and partners take a big step forward toward meeting the guidance in the park’s Enabling Legislation “to provide education and visitor information programs to increase public understanding of and appreciation for the natural and cultural resources of the Boston Harbor Islands, including the history of Native American use and involvement” and “Protecting and preserving Native American burial grounds connected with the King Philip’s War internment period and other periods.” This project will both clarify the location and extent of Native American archaeological resources and will provide park rangers and educators reliable and culturally-sensitive information with which to engage the public and students. The selected candidate would be part of NPS’ renewed commitment to directly engage Native partners in order to tell their stories and share their cosmologies in their own words.

Position Description: The ACE member will work with multiple partners to conduct archaeological surveys and collaboratively develop content for interpretive products and programs. They will develop working relationships with the NPS resource management lead, collaborators from the NPS Visitor Engagement and Education team, the City of Boston archaeologist, and one or more members of the Massachusett Nation and/or other local Native American partners with histories tied to the current park lands and waters. The ACE member’s schedule will vary according to field work plans and could involve full weeks in the field or the office as well as weeks where the time is split. Duties will include:

  • Co-develop field sampling plans and associated logistics (all site visits require advance planning including boat transit)
  • Conduct site surveys under the direction of the archaeologist
  • Coordinate a structured process for regular and frequent collaboration with a contracted Native American partner and NPS colleagues
  • Review key reference reports and online products to draft narrative content and circulate the final draft among key collaborators
  • Review existing archaeological data associated with the Boston Harbor Islands including artifacts and reports at the City of Boston Archaeological Laboratory
  • Present the final archaeological survey summary report and the final draft of key information about Native American histories for use in park public engagement and education programming to the National Parks of Boston staff, Massachusett tribe members, and other local Native American partners



  • Must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program
  • 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
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements
    • Must be 18-30 years of age to apply
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences


  • Academic background in archaeology and/or Native American history and culture
  • Experience and working knowledge of GIS data collection, cartography, botany, and/or soil science

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.

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 applications are received. This posting may close at any time.

About American Conservation Experience

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.