Museum Collections Member - Keweenaw National Historical Park

Posted 5/14/23

 Job Start/End Date: 13-May-2024 to Until Filled (MST)
 Department: National Park Service
 Location: Calumet Twp, MI, USA
 Pay: $800 per week
 Pay Type: Other
 Employment Type: Individual Placement
 Job Category: Cultural Resources


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Museum Collections Member to assist with Rehousing and Cataloging Moose Bones project alongside Lake Superior Collections Management Center (Keweenaw National Historical Park) staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit our usaconservation website.

Start Date: As soon as possible - early to mid June

Estimated End Date: (or 34 weeks after start date)

*a 34-week minimum commitment is required

Location Details/Description: The project is based at the Lake Superior Collections Management Center at Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet, Michigan.

The Calumet area has a population of approximately 6,000 people with community amenities including hospital, school, restaurants and shopping services. The Cities of Houghton and Hancock are located approximately 12 miles south and both are full-service communities. Higher education facilities are available at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Housing is available in surrounding communities for both rental and purchase. Summers are mild with daytime temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees, and fishing, boating, camping and hiking are popular recreational activities. Winter temperatures range from highs of 25-30 degrees to lows in the teens with occasional sub-zero lows. Winter snowfall is abundant, averaging between 150 to 250 inches per year. Winter recreational activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

For more information about Keweenaw National Historical Park visit the parks website.

Position Overview: Under the guidance of museum staff, the member will organize, rehouse, photograph, and catalog moose bones recovered from Isle Royale National Park through research investigations led by Michigan Tech University. The predator-prey study is one of the longest ongoing scientific studies in the country, and animal remains (mostly moose and wolf) have been removed from the park and taken to a lab for analysis since the 1960s. The bones are now being turned over to the park for permanent storage.

The member will rehouse bones from existing boxes into new, acid-free boxes and apply proper box labels. They will photograph all bones using a professional photography set-up, organize existing lists of bones and locations, and enter counts and location information into the museum database (Interior Collection Management System). This is a time-limited project that is beyond the current staffing abilities of the parks.

There may be an opportunity to travel to Isle Royale for a short time to work with natural resource management staff and researchers. In Calumet, opportunities are available and encouraged to shadow the museum curator and archivist in order to learn other museum tasks and how to process and catalog archival collections. In addition, opportunities are available to learn about other career fields, including Interpretation and Historic Preservation.

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.

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.

Schedule: Work schedule is Monday-Friday, approximately 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Eastern Time, but this is a bit flexible. Work is not required on weekends or federal holidays.

Position Benefits

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.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service and 640 hours of service. If the duration of a PLC-eligible term is not long enough for Members to accrue 640 hours of service (~16 weeks), the total hours served at the completion of the term may be eligible to be combined with hours accrued from another PLC-eligible term to meet the 640 hours requirement. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information on our usaconservation website.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the ACE Member and will not be provided by ACE or NPS. The Member will have access to a reimbursable housing allowance of $400/month for 8 months (a total of $3,200). Members must provide housing receipts and submit a reimbursement request for the reimbursement to be processed.

Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. There is $ 1,116.00 in training funds available.



  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by 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.
  • If driving is required: A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our usaconservation website.


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a Masters degree [minimum of a 4-year bachelor's degree] and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as biology, wildlife biology, environmental science
  • Knowledge of large mammal osteology
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with museum databases is desired, but not required.
  • Experience with DSL camera and photography set-up is desired.
  • Detail-oriented and able to sort through data to make careful decisions.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Must walk regularly between office and warehouse, approximately 100 yards away.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 20 lbs., ability to move up to 40 pounds occasionally.
  • Environmental: Mainly indoor, in both office and unsealed warehouse environment conditions; indoor air quality is good. Temperature in the warehouse is not controlled, but temperatures are pleasant in the summer and fall.
  • Noise Environment: Very little noise in the office or warehouse.
  • Travel: This position does not require travel, except for a possible optional trip to Isle Royale that involves a 5 hour ferry boat ride each way.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to ACE's online application page for this position on the usaconservation website. Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Eastern Program Manager, Molly Nash.

ACE values an inclusive workforce - if you meet at least 70 percent of the qualifications, we want to hear from you!

EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

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