Digital Records Preservation Member
St. Simons, GA
Type of Job
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Apr 7, 2022
About the job
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Digital Records Preservation Member to help rehouse and digitize oversized material from a national monument collection alongside Fort Frederica National Monument staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: June 6, 2022
End Date: June 3, 2023 (or 52 weeks after start date)
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required*
Location: Fort Frederica National Monument - St. Simons, GA
Fort Frederica National Monument, on St. Simons Island, Georgia, preserves the archaeological remnants of a fort and town built by James Oglethorpe between 1736 and 1748 to protect the southern boundary of the British colony of Georgia from Spanish raids.
For more information about Fort Frederica National Monument, please visit https://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $580/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the Member and not provided by ACE or the NPS.
Note: It can be somewhat difficult to find housing on St. Simon's Island. Brunswick is a ~15 minute drive west and may allow for easier housing options.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6345.00) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Scheduling: A typical work week is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
This project will focus on the Fort Pulaski National Monument management records collection, and will be conducted at Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons, GA, where the collection is housed. Since Hurricane Matthew flooded park collections storage, Fort Pulaski has shared a facility with Fort Frederica.
In 2014-15, Fort Pulaski resource management records were surveyed and processed by regional museum and archives staff using the "More Product, Less Process" method. This approach to archival arrangement allows for a large volume of material to be preserved, arranged, and described in a relatively short amount of time, but does not address specific conservation needs at the item level. The archives team recommended further processing of oversized materials, including maps, drawings, and plans.
The ACE Member will assist in scanning oversize documents, recording associated metadata, and rehousing the material appropriately. Additionally, the ACE Member will assist with routine environmental monitoring and research requests that pertain to the Fort Pulaski National Monument collection.
The ACE Member will be required to work primarily in collection storage:
- Scanning oversized material from Fort Pulaski resource management records
- Completing associated metadata
- Rehousing scanned oversized material
- Flattening rolled material
- Storing in appropriate storage
- Updating locations in museum database and finding aids
Since processing was completed in 2015, internal requests for use of the collection have increased dramatically. Facilities and Resource Management staff use these materials when planning for and executing projects to maintain and rehabilitate historic structures.
Digitization would allow park staff to use architectural drawings and plans to inform resource management activities without damaging fragile paper documents, and would provide easy access without the need for hours of travel. Because the collection is already processed, the park does not anticipate issues with metadata collection that sometimes accompany digitization projects. The park has already successfully digitized other portions of the Resource Management Collection, including photographs and audio-visual materials, and plans to follow similar procedures for metadata collection and digital preservation.
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 U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, 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 work alone and be self-directed, as well as a positive, contributing member of a group
- A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
- Personal vehicle for transportation to and from site
- 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
- Competitive applicants will hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as cultural resource management, museum studies, public history, or a related discipline
- Ability and willingness to lift and move boxes weighing no more than 50 lbs to be stored on shelving
- A high attention to detail and comfort with repetitive tasks
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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time.
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.