Archaeology Member- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area @ American Conservation Experience

Archaeology Member- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO) is seeking ONE Archaeology Member to contribute to archaeology projects alongside NPS Staff.

For full position announcement and to apply visit:

Start Date: June 13, 2022

End Date: September 2, 2022

a 12-week* minimum commitment is required *

Location: Thousand Oaks, CA

Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles and only 45 minutes away, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers.

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Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $800/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: ACE member will be accommodated in dormitory style park housing that is available at no cost for the duration of the term.

ACE member will need to use their own vehicle for transportation to and from NPS headquarters building, which is a distance of roughly 16 miles from dormitory.

Scheduling: ACE Member will generally work ~40 hours/week and will have the option of working 8-hour days, five days per week OR 9-hour days with every other Friday off. For either schedule, work will begin at 8 am. The ACE Member will follow the authorized schedule of NPS staff, which consists of a 30-minute lunch break and two 15-minute breaks throughout the day.

Position Description:

The ACE member will receive professional field experience and exposure to the archaeological/cultural resource program at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). For the duration of the internship, they will be joining professional National Park Service (NPS) archaeologists in conducting fieldwork at various prehistoric (Chumash, Tongva, and Tatavium) and historic archaeological resource locations throughout the park to meet the park’s needs.

The ACE Member will be splitting time between conducting archaeological surveys in the field and compiling data to draft archaeological site records and reports in the office at the NPS headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA. Additionally, the intern will have some opportunities to conduct preliminary historical research to supplement the archeological information. Work in the office is somewhat sedentary, while fieldwork is more physically demanding. Archaeological survey usually involves hiking with a backpack through scenic areas of the park that sometimes include hilly and rugged terrain.

Major duties will include:

  • Participating in pedestrian archaeological survey, formal site recording of various cultural resource sites within the park
  • Identifying and classifying artifacts in the field and during post-fieldwork lab analysis
  • Photographing and documenting cultural resources
  • Assessing fire damage and monitoring post-fire impacts at cultural resource sites within the park
  • Collecting spatial data at archaeological sites using Tablet and/or iPad integrated with Collector software
  • Mapping and plotting archaeological sites using the Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Researching specific sites, structures, objects, or people related to the Santa Monica Mountains to help interpret archaeological findings
  • Editing historical and/or archaeological reports for the park

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.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.



  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • 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.
  • A current and valid form of ID (will be required to provide copies of ID’s upon hiring)
  • A personal vehicle for driving to and from NPS Headquarters
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred Skills:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree in anthropology and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as archaeology, history, or related fields.
  • Deep interest in pursuing a career in archaeology or cultural resources
  • Knowledge of GIS mapping and familiarity with its basic features.
  • Ability and willingness to hike/survey in sometimes challenging terrain.

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:

Early consideration will be given as applications are received. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.This position may close at any time.

If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Victoria Yee at 385-910-8990 or

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.

Entry-level, Mid-level

Government- Federal



Thousand Oaks, CA, USA




2022-04-15 00:00