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American Conservation Experience:

 Biscayne National Park

Anthropologist/Historian (Oral History) Internship


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Biscayne National Park, is seeking one focused, dedicated historian or anthropologist to conduct oral history interviews and prepare thorough written reports on the Parks historically segregated beach in Homestead, Florida, the current location of the Park's headquarters. Undergraduate & graduate students, or recent graduates with a degree in anthropology and/or history will be considered for the position as long as they possess a deep interest in, and are knowledgeable about the history of race relations in the 20th century. People with knowledge of and ties to this or other similar issues should definitely apply.

Start Date:     October 23rd, 2011 (absolutely NO flexibility in the start date)

End Date:      May to August, 2012 (flexibility in end date)



A 6 to 9 month commitment is required dependent on selected interns schedule



Location:  Biscayne National Park is located in Southern Florida.  The internship there provides an opportunity to work amid the diverse natural beauty of a protected marine ecosystem while learning from NPS professionals about the parks 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers, segregated beaches, and presidents.  Located just south of Miami and due East of Homestead, Florida, Biscayne is rich in its cultural and natural history, and is easily accessible for current students in the region.


Project Partner Website:  For more information about Biscayne National Park please visit their website at: 


Compensation:  This internship will be filled in either a full time (40 hours per week) 6-month capacity, or as a part time position (20 hours per week) not to exceed 36 weeks. If filled as a full time position, a $900 per month housing stipend as well as a $110 per week stipend for living expenses will be provided;  If filled in a part time capacity, a stipend of $150 per week will be provided for transportation and incidental expenses.


Position Description:  The project calls for conducting oral history interviews, transcribing interviews, and preparing a written oral history report on a historic segregated beach in Homestead, Florida. In the late 1950s Dade County, Florida constructed a "Blacks Only" beach separate from the White beach at Homestead Bayfront Park. It operated for several years into the 1960s before the beaches were desegregated back into one. Biscayne National Park has interest in collecting this oral history because the park's visitor center and headquarters area reside at the former site of the Black Beach, on property purchased from Dade County in the late 1960s. Originally, the park's management and visitor contact facilities operated out of buildings constructed for the Black Beach.


Training Provided:  The internship will begin October 23, 2011, and will require one week of full time (40 hours) training in the collecting of Oral Histories for the National Park Service. This training will be held in Homestead, Florida during the days of October 31 through November 4, 2011.


Qualifications:  Qualified candidates are graduate students, undergraduate students, or recent graduates who are knowledgeable about the history of race relations in the 20th century and the history of Florida, and who have some experience doing oral interviews. Candidates must have demonstrable communication skills and the ability to establish trust and rapport with potential narrators who will include National Park Service employees, former staff of the segregated beach, and community members with childhood memories of the beach. Candidates must also be capable of carrying the project through to completion within the time frame of the internship, including the preparation of a final written report that can be used to guide National Park Service interpretation of the beach's history. Candidates must have the ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of collecting oral histories within the free time of potential interviewees (potentially evenings, weekends and holidays). Candidates should have an educational background in history, anthropology, or a related discipline. The selected intern will be encouraged to utilize the results of this project in their own educational pursuits.


Required Skills:

   Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only. 

   Must be between the age of 18 and 25 years old.

   Must have a Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.

   Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.

   Interns must be positive, enthusiastic and extremely motivated at all times.

   Deep interest in the history of Florida and race relations.

   Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather.

   Excellence in English proficiency required both in speech as well as in writing.

   Must be extremely organized, and be a proactive communicator.

   Must be able to work full time between October 24th and November 4th, 2011.


Preferred Qualifications: 

   Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.

   Knowledge and understanding of oral histories.  Must be able to establish rapport with potential narrators.

   Ability to work alone or in a group;


To Apply:


Please email or fax a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references in ONE document to with "NPS BISC – Oral History" in the subject heading of your email.  The position closes September 30th, 2011; early consideration and interviews will be given as resumes are received.



Thank you
Trisha Singh
Internship coordinator
American Conservation Experience
801-946-5379 - Cell
1-866-604-9307 - Fax

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