ALCC Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Individual Placement

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps.

Chillicothe, Ohio

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $500/week living stipend
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Overview:

The present Hopewell Culture National Historical Park evolved in part from the former Mound City Group National Monument. The national monument was established by a proclamation signed by President Warren G. Harding in 1923 to preserve prehistoric mounds of "great historic and scientific interest." In 1980 Congress expanded the monument by adding a portion of the nearby Hopeton Earthworks and authorized the investigation of other regional archeological sites to determine their suitability for preservation. The National Park Service recommended four additional sites. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park was thus established in 1992 by a law that renamed Mound City Group National Monument.

The park protects the prehistoric remains of a dynamic social and ceremonial phenomenon that flourished in the woodlands of eastern North America between 200 B.C. and A.D. 500. The term Hopewell describes a broad network of economic, political, and spiritual beliefs and practices among different Native American groups. The culture is characterized by the construction of enclosures made of earthen walls, often built in geometric patterns and mounds of various shapes. The culture is known for a network of contacts with other groups, which stretched from the Atlantic coast to the Rocky Mountains.

ALCC Hopewell Culture National Historic Park Individual Placements (IP) Overview:

ALCC and NPS are seeking two Individual Placement interns who are members of tribal groups that have Ancestral ties to the lands in and around Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, including other Federal sites, state sites, and World Heritage nomination sites.  The two (2) Individual Placement interns will learn about park operations, natural resources, cultural resources, work with the park’s Education Technician and Chief of Interpretation to develop a tribal youth outreach program vision to take back to their tribe(s).

Essential functions and responsibilities:

This ALCC Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Individual Placement will work to complete tasks and projects outlined below.

1) Become familiar with everyday functions of the visitor center:

  • Greet visitors and assist them as needed
  • Become knowledgeable about questions commonly asked
  • Learn the layout of the visitor center, grounds, and other park units
  • Assist staff with opening and closing procedures

2) Assist with Interpretation and Education projects:

  • Develop interpretive writing products for park’s social media and website platforms.
  • Review current education resources at park and provide critique and collaboration.
  • Collaborate with Interpretation and Education staff to outline Centennial and World Heritage events for FY23.

3) Program development for future ALCC Hopewell Culture NHP youth:

  • Develop relationships with education staff of Tribal Partners.
  • Draft recommendations and plans for FY23 program, including recruitment, housing, transportation, budget, work plans, learning goals, training, and team-building.
  • Advise park managers on culturally relevant structure and programming for ALCC Hopewell Culture NHP youth.

Required Skills

Project management, Public planning, facilitation, use and managing social media, education techniques, service learning, interpretation, cultural RM, natural RM. Facility RM, Tribal to Federal diplomacy.

Required Experience

  • Excellent writing, research, organizational, and public speaking skills.
  • a bachelor's degree or pursuing a degree or certificate in subject areas such as interpretation, education, anthropology, history or a related discipline
  • deep interest in the fields of natural or cultural resources.
  • interest in videography, photography or other digital technology for creative projects

**Applicants must be within the ages of 18-30 due to AmeriCorps age restrictions.  Indigenous candidates are preferred.** 


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