Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Disaster Fellow to primarily assist in providing technical support for the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund and Cultural Resources disaster grant programs. These grant programs currently operate in the Caribbean and Gulf States but can be expanded to other locations at any time by Congress.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: Early 2022
Duration: 52 weeks
*a 52-week commitment is required for this position*
Location: The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is in Washington, DC. May be flexible for remote work, subject to mutual agreement.
For more information about the State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division, please visit: www.nps.gov/stlpg
Living Allowance: The ACE Fellow is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $800/week, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the ACE Fellow and not provided by ACE or the National Park Service. A housing reimbursement of $250/month is available to partially offset housing costs for Fellows residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The ACE Fellow’s responsibilities will include:
- Assisting the team lead and program staff with integrating project information and other documentation related to disaster recovery grant-assisted work into data sets and case studies. Projects include undertakings by State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) for 2 current Hurricane grant programs, which involve hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Typhoon Yutu. These projects are generally intended as recovery efforts with subgrants made to private property owners, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Projects will typically entail a variety of assigned activities, such as information compilation, retrieval and organization, data entry, and maintenance of information management systems.
- Reviewing and cataloging products from grantees to develop case studies for best practices related to disaster recovery, resilience, and preparedness as it relates to historic preservation that involves private property owners, local, tribal and state governments, as well as cross-jurisdictional partnerships.
- Developing working relationships with preservation partners at the State, Tribal and local levels. Duties will involve exposure to historic preservation grants management, disaster recovery, planning, and publication development, and understanding of the Federal Preservation Program.
- Assisting with the development of disaster training for Certified Local Governments and cooperating with national nonprofit partners in developing both training as well as deployment of the CR Surveyor web application. This is a web application built on an ESRI platform for field-based architectural and archeological survey at the reconnaissance level in both pre- and post-disaster modes.
- Assisting staff to implement and maintain existing and future information management systems to support the mission of the Division.
- Assisting staff to update databases and spreadsheets, as directed, to provide detailed information for easier compiling, summarizing, analysis or reports; disseminating information to the appropriate personnel; and performing duties in compliance with applicable guidelines and standard operating procedures.
The ACE Fellow will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of cultural resource regulations, laws, and requirements sufficient to be able to address the issues of Federal grant programs and the Federal disaster response framework. This will include Section 106, Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and learning about tribal and local consultation processes. The position offers the opportunity to work with a variety of professional and nonprofessional persons to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management officials and grant recipients. The ACE Fellow may propose novel ways of analyzing and gathering existing data to create visual representations of the division’s grant programs and other work suitable for use on the web or print collateral materials. The Fellow will work with other ACE Fellows in the division to refine, enhance, and deploy the CR Surveyor.
Training: Under the discretion of the fellow’s direct supervisor, the NPS Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) STLPG Grants Manager and Certified Local Government coordinator, they will have the opportunity to participate in weekly meetings, organizational overviews, as well as attend educational opportunities outside the Division, so that they understand the state and local impacts of HPF grants.
- 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
- This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements:
- Must be 18-30 years of age to apply
- Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- 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 by the time they start their term, or request a medical or religious exemption
- Knowledge of the Federal disaster response framework and the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Familiarity with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
- Hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, architecture and design, disaster management, urban planning, disaster planning, natural or cultural resource management, or other related discipline (a combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable)
- Experience in and/or knowledge of the mission of the NPS and other federal land management agencies
- Experience in design fields including graphic design and the use of Adobe InDesign, industrial design, architecture, or landscape architecture
- Familiarity with the Spanish language, particularly knowledge of technical architectural and/or archeological terms in Spanish as it is spoken in Puerto Rico
- Familiarity with the languages, peoples, and cultures of the Northern Marianas
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 by click the green “Apply Externally” button. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Jennifer Wells, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.