Topic ID #41712 - posted 10/22/2019 4:15 PM

PAID Archaeology Internship at the Presidio of San Francisco- year long

Archaeology Intern - $20.51/hour with health benefits, vacation, and sick leave
Presidio Archaeology Lab at the Presidio of San Francisco

Applications received by NOVEMBER 15, 2019 will receive first consideration. 

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Archaeology Intern to serve as a member of our Interpretation Office in the Visitor Engagement Department. The Presidio is a new kind of national park. It is home to the spectacular vistas, nature and public programs as well as a community of residents and organizations who bring renewed vitality and purpose to this former military post. The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and share it with the public. The Trust’s Visitor Engagement Department provides welcoming and meaningful opportunities for all to enjoy their national park and operates the Presidio’s two public serving centers – The Presidio Officers’ Club and the Presidio Visitor Center, which welcomed over 196,000 park visitors last year. Learn more at Our ideal candidate is an individual who wants to learn about archaeological research and collections care.

Working closely with and being mentored by the Archaeologist, this internship includes conducting stratigraphic archaeological excavation and interpreting findings to visitors. If you want to participate in all phases of the public archaeology project at El Presidio de San Francisco, this internship is for you.

• Participate in the public excavation of El Presidio de San Francisco and interpret findings to visitors

• Process analyze, and document archaeological artifacts (wash, sort, catalog) recovered during excavation

• Deliver public interpretation through formal tours and informal visitor interactions

• Work alongside community volunteers, providing technical guidance and feedback as necessary

• Write report sections and complete paperwork following established archaeological reporting guidelines

• Participate in the development of an archaeological research design

• Work with Archaeology Technician to review Trust and contractor projects for compliance with various local, state, and federal resource protection laws

• Some college with coursework in Anthropology, or related disciplines

• Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints

• Skill in oral communication to ensure that presentations to the public are informative, clear, and convey the intended message

• Strong desire to work with the general public, many of whom have little to no previous exposure to archaeology

• Proven ability to work as part of a team

• Skill in written communication to ensure that documentation is well-written and information is presented effectively and clearly

• Ability to focus on repetitive tasks while maintaining enthusiasm

• An understanding of how field and lab processes articulate with broad research goals

• Capacity for independent judgment

• Previous archaeological field school or equivalent training with a minimum of 4 weeks of previous excavation and/or laboratory experience is preferred

• Possess (at minimum) a valid Class C California Driver’s License to drive materials and equipment around a busy urban park and operate a utility vehicle (gator) between the archaeology site and the lab

Why Apply
• Gain professional development in a team setting

• Cultivate individual research interests with support from professionals in your field

• Learn and practice hands-on skills in archaeology, historic research, collections management, federal cultural resource management, federal curation, and park management

• Develop skills in community engagement, public speaking, and leadership

• Great opportunity to work in a national park with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in public service, engaging the public, and preserving the cultural and natural history of the Presidio

• Start Date: January 27, 2020
• End Date: December 18, 2020
• Length of Position: 11 months
• Schedule: 32 hours per week, Monday - Thursday schedule with flexibility including occasional holidays, weekends and evenings
• Compensation: $20.51/hour plus health and commuter benefits

Other Requirements: This position requires a current, valid Driver’s License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver’s license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver’s license investigation.

To Apply
Interested candidates should apply by email with cover letter, resume and contact information for at least two references to Internship Coordinator Karen Braseth at

Applications received by NOVEMBER 15, 2019 will receive first consideration. 

PDF format is preferred but Microsoft Word versions are acceptable. Your cover letter should provide a brief explanation of your interest in the position relative to your future educational and career goals. If you have any special skills or interests, please include those. The resume should outline the applicant’s relevant experience and include contact information for two references familiar with the applicant’s previous work or academic experience. We will review applications received and will select some for interviews to be conducted at a mutually arranged time. Applications will not be kept on file after a decision is made. 


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