Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation organization, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services Member to assist with interpretation and educational programs alongside Hopewell Culture National Historical Park staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: October 18, 2021 (flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
End Date: February 5, 2022 (or 16 weeks after start date)*A 16-week minimum commitment is required.*
Location: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (HOCU)– Chillicothe, OH
At HOCU, you'll find earthen mounds and embankments forming huge geometric enclosures that grace the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These monumental structures were built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago. Hopewellian people gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. Almost everyone who studies the Hopewell culture has an "I didn't know that" story about when they first learned about the special and intriguing culture that developed in this region. The park also has an active archeology program which produces even more understanding of this fascinating and yet little recognized culture. This is a story that needs wider recognition. Every American should learn about the amazing accomplishments of the Native American inhabitants of south and central Ohio 2,000 years ago.
For more information about Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/hocu/index.htm.
Living Allowance: ACE Members are expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $375/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,638.89) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Position Description: ACE Member will offer interpretive and educational programs to the public through in-person and digital formats on natural and cultural resource topics. The objective of these programs will be to increase the visiting public's understanding of natural, cultural, historic and other aspects of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
The Member will learn how to interact with the public, to run pre-existing programs, and to make personal interpretive programs. Interaction with the public at HOCU helps foster a sense of appreciation in the public for HOCU's cultural and natural resources. By inspiring greater understanding of these unique resources, the ACE Member can help achieve HOCU's goal of protecting and preserving fragile earthwork sites for all Americans to enjoy.
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.
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 (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
US Citizen or Permanent Resident
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Competitive applicants for the position may hold a degree and/or have experience in museum studies, art history, history, education, interpretation, biological sciences, environmental studies and science, park management, anthropology, or a related discipline.
Excellent public speaking, writing, research and organizational skills.
Interest in and ability to work with the public and children of all ages.