This position will perform a critical role in multiple park cultural resource projects with a primary focus on conducting fieldwork and background research for a Section 110 archaeological inventory planned to occur in multiple remote areas of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska. Extensive backcountry fieldwork will consist of archaeological survey along the Resurrection River corridor (known for prehistoric use as well as historic mining, hunting, and trapping) and the Nuka River corridor (noted as a prehistoric and Russian colonial era portage from Nuka Bay to Kachemak Bay). Fieldwork will be completed both during 8-10 hour workdays and during multi-day backcountry trips. Some fieldwork may also be completed during multi-day trips on the park boat, the M/V Serac.
The ACE member is also expected to contribute in the office setting by processing field data, compiling archaeological site forms, processing photos, and preparing collected artifacts for curation. Background research will be conducted, and the individual will be expected to write a section of the final report summarizing the history of the survey area. There will also be opportunities to get a wide array of experience in park projects and activities by participating in endeavors such as Section 106 compliance, Alaska Native consultation, marine debris cleanup, abandoned mine cleanups, community weed pull, bird surveys, management team meetings, and more.
About American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.