Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (TIMU) is seeking ONE Archeology Member to assist with museum collections, including cataloging archeological collections, conducting environmental monitoring and housekeeping, and creating new temporary exhibits.
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Start Date: Early August 2022
End Date: 52 weeks after start date
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (TIMU) - Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville is a large metropolitan area of almost one million people but public transportation does not come to the park. The park is within two miles of a grocery store, but most other amenities are not within walking or biking distance. A personal vehicle is required for non-work related activities.
TIMU is a 46,000-acre area with individual park sites to visit. Each park site is unique for an aspect of natural or cultural history. The interaction between nature and humans is evident from the spoil islands to the altered wetlands, from the shell middens of the Timucuan to the tabby structures of Kingsley Plantation, and from the boat docks of neighboring subdivisions to the introduction of exotic animals and plants. At TIMU you can hear the life stories of the native people who survived in Florida's environment prior to European contact. Learn of the clash of cultures that occurred as nations converged in the New World, from Europeans attempts at colonization to the struggles of enslaved African peoples.
For more information about TIMU, please visit www.nps.gov/timu
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members can be accommodated in park housing for the duration of the term. Housing will be a private bedroom, with shared bathroom, kitchen and common room.
The ACE Member will catalog at least 12,000 archeological museum objects recovered from the slave cabins at Kingsley Plantation. The cataloging process consists of cleaning, analyzing, labeling with ink, and re-housing objects in new plastic bags and boxes and entering data into the Interior Collection Management System (ICMS).
The Member will also assist the TIMU Museum Curator with additional tasks such as downloading data loggers, performing housekeeping in storage areas and historic house, answering research requests, and creating one or two new temporary exhibits.
The project will make information on thousands of archeological objects available to Timucuan Preserve staff and the general public. The objects were recovered through archeological methods from Kingsley Plantation, one of the oldest remaining plantations in Florida. This collection is tangible evidence of the enslaved people that lived and worked at the plantation and their stories can be told through the objects they used in their daily lives. Photos and catalog data will be put on the park's website and used in interpretive programs, and objects will be used in temporary exhibits at Kingsley Plantation. Having the collection cataloged will make it accessible to NPS staff and researchers.
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.
Work will be performed at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida. The majority of the work will be performed inside climate-controlled buildings, although occasional work may be required outside in extremely high temperatures and humidity. The Member must be able to lift 40 pounds and work may require standing on ladders, stooping and bending.
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/802378.html.
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 ACE EPIC Program Manager, Jen Wells, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.