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Cultural Resource Member (part time) - Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Job Location

San Francisco, CA


Type of Job



300/week/20 hrs

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Published Date

Aug 25, 2023

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American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking One Member to contribute to Museum Programs and Cultural Resource projects alongside NPS Staff in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


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Start Date: January 15, 2023
Estimated End Date: September 20, 2024
*a 36-week minimum commitment is required *

Please note that this position is part time ~20 hours per week.


Location Details/Description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA


The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), headquartered in San Francisco, California is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 19 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.

The GGNRA museum collections exist to document and support the history of the sites found within the GGNRA. The collection held at the park is one of the largest in the NPS and contains millions of items representing centuries of human history and many elements of the natural world. Collections feature military themes and include materials from the Spanish-American War, Coast Artillery defenses, and soldier life. Other items in the collection are related to the many sites and activities that are in the park such as Alcatraz, Land's End, the Cliff House, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the operations and management of the GGNRA. The Museum Program, within the Cultural Resources Division, cares for and maintains these items, ensuring they will be available for the generations to come. The primary work location in the Museum Program is in a historic cavalry stable in the Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army installation turned National Park site, with astounding views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Public transportation is available.

The Cultural Resources Branch is comprised of historic preservation specialists, historic architects, historic landscape archite​​​cts, historians, archeologi​​sts and architectural historians who manage historic buildings, structures, landscapes, artifacts and engage in American Indian Tribal work.​ Work primarily involves research, to identify, evaluate, document, register, and establish other basic information about cultural resources; planning, to ensure that this information is well integrated into management processes for making decisions and setting priorities; and stewardship, under which planning decisions are carried out and resources are preserved, protected, and interpreted to the public. The primary location in the Cultural Resources branch is at Fort Mason, along the northern Bayfront at the end of Van Ness Avenue. Public transportation is available.


Position Overview: This experience is primarily focused within the Museum Program, but will have opportunities to cross train and work with other areas of the park’s Cultural Resources branch.

The GGNRA Cultural Resource Division is seeking an individual to assist with the numerous responsibilities of maintaining the large and wide-ranging cultural resources held by the park. Working as part of a dedicated team, the individual will be provided with the opportunity to learn about and participate in a highly diverse work environment with other museum and resource professionals.

Museum Program duties:

This opportunity will include learning and implementing professional standards of museum care, maintenance, and management. The incumbent will gain knowledge in the requirements and policies the NPS must follow for acquiring and processing objects into the permanent museum collection. Outreach opportunities will demonstrate ways museum and archival collections are used to interpret and preserve the park’s history as well as how the Museum Program motivates the public and park staff to continue researching their own interests in history.

Cultural Resource projects:

Tasks within the Cultural Resource branch may include conducting historic structure condition assessments, including photo documentation and database input. The incumbent may assist with management and treatment evaluations of some of the Golden Gate’s more than 700 structures to ensure appropriate stewardship of the park’s cultural resources for future generations. Gather and summarize research for particular areas, themes, topics, or buildings within the park that will contribute to the overall understanding of the lands, people, and history that are now cared for by the NPS.


Schedule:20 hours per week, primarily Monday-Friday, any weekend activities/opportunities will be optional. Individual must be able to work in half-day or full day increments.


Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~20 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $300/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. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

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. Specific training may include instruction on NPS specific databases, general historic material handling,




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement, please visit our website


  • Enthusiasm for working with a dedicated team to maintain museum standards
  • Desire to learn and develop skills for preservation and resource management
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently after direction
  • Adaptable to changing situations and problem solving
  • Energetic and self-motivated
  • Customer service skills
  • Good communication skills, respect for others
  • Knowledge of basic Microsoft Office and photo editing softwares

Environmental Conditions/Hazards:

The Member may work with potentially dangerous collections that have biological contamination such as mold, insects, or vermin, that will require the use of provided protective dust masks and/or clothing.


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 the online application page for this position here:

This position was posted August 23, 2023. For priority consideration please apply before September 30, 2023 or ASAP. Initial interviews will be conducted in early October. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time.

Please note that this external-site position announcement may be out of date. If a position posting is still open on the application link provided, then the position has not yet been filled and is still accepting applications.

If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment and Outreach Manager, Victoria Yee,


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.

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