Topic ID #31659 - posted 3/8/2014 2:38 AM

Archaeological Intern - Western Arctic National Parklands, AK

Jennifer Palmer

Archaeological Intern
Expected Dates
June 16, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Western Arctic National Parklands (Noatak, Cape Krusenstern, Kobuk Valley, Bering Land Bridge)
Position ID
Western Arctic National Parklands in northwest Alaska is seeking an adventurous and physically fit person with an interest in backcountry camping in some of the most remote locations in the world. This person must also have a background in archaeology, or an eager willingness to learn on the job. The applicant should be a flexible self-starter who enjoys working independently and doesn’t mind a work environment that can alternate between chaotic and boring. The position requires a reliable person with strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to lead AND be a team member, a can-do attitude and a lot of common sense. This position is not for the faint of heart and people who don’t deal well with stress will not find it a good fit.
The intern will assist Cultural Resources division with an assortment of cultural archaeological projects, related activities, and data management functions.  Activities may include:  assisting with preparations, backcountry research/camping expeditions, assembling equipment and camping gear for transport in a small aircraft, excavating archaeological deposits, collecting and cataloging specimens, logging all photos, videos and GPS track logs, keeping a daily field journal describing project-related activities, and ensuring all relevant information is entered into the park’s cultural resources information management systems.  The field and preparation aspect of this position will occupy 60% of the applicant’s time, while office and data management functions will occupy 40%.
The intern must be physically fit and capable of hiking long distances over rugged terrain with a 35 pound backpack.  Approximately 2-3 weeks of backcountry camping, hiking and boating are required for this position every month.

    Location Description
    Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR) encompass over 11 million acres comprised of four of the most remote national park units, including Noatak National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Kobuk Valley National Park all near Kotzebue, Alaska, and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve located on the Seward Peninsula near Nome, Alaska. Physiography in the region is varied and rugged, with broad coastal plains, rolling foothills, boreal forests, alpine lakes, maars, wild rivers, and sweeping expanses of tundra. The contrasting topography within the park units creates habitats for diverse mix of plants and animals. WEAR provides archeologists and paleontologists a chance to explore the past, while the Native Inupiat continue to utilize the land as their ancestors did long ago.
    Training Provided
    Training will include: NPS orientation; aviation safety; bear safety; boat safety; shotgun qualification (if desired); natural and cultural history orientation; computer security; government ethics.
    Educational/Recreational Opportunities
    This internship will learn theoretical and methodological practices associated with the study and conservation of archaeological sites.

    The intern will be trained in the use of Trimble GPS technology for mapping archaeological sites
    Handicap Accessible?

Main Area of Focus
Cultural/Historical Resource Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

Social Sciences
    some coursework or experience
    some experience
    some experience
    some experience
Data Entry
    some experience
Field Research
    some experience

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AmeriCorps Eligible
Housing or Stipend Provided?
The intern will be housed in a DOI bunkhouse or shared apartment, or any combination thereof.  All facilities, amenities and Park headquarters are located in conveniently within reasonable walking or biking distance in Kotzebue, Alaska.
US Citizenship

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