Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The DOI employs over 600 full-time personnel in museum job series classifications, and many more DOI staff in other job series classifications (e.g., Park Ranger, Geology and Paleontology, Archaeology) have museum responsibilities. All open positions are listed onUSAJOBS, and applicantsmustapply using USAJOBS.
Tips for locating DOI museum jobs through USAJOBS include:
Use the “Advanced Search” option. Under the “Department and Agency” heading, add “Department of the Interior.”
Under “Who May Apply,” select “general public” or “federal employees” as appropriate. Searching as a federal employee will return positions that are only open to employees who have worked at a federal agency for three or more years. Searching using the general public category will return positions open to everyone.
Search for positions in museum job series classifications. Codes include:
1015 - Museum Curator
1016 - Museum Specialist and Technician
1420 - Archivist
1421 - Archivist Technician
1001 - General Arts and Information (includes registrar and conservator positions)
1010 - Exhibits Specialist
Note that other positions have museum responsibilities. Look for other related positions!
There are many external resources on the federal job application process. A helpful list can be foundhere.
through the National Council for Preservation Education
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) are eligible to apply for paid internships through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Interns with a background in heritage preservation and related fields have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable mentors at different DOI bureaus. Internships are located across the country, and positions are available for the summer and academic year.
TheFederal Pathways Programoffers paths to internships and careers in the federal government for students and recent graduates. While DOI museum-related internships are not listed through the Pathways Program, recent graduates may be interested in thePathways Program for Students and Recent Graduates. This program provides 1-year federal positions that have the potential to be converted to a permanent position. To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, students must have graduated from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years. Applicants can search for Recent Graduates Program jobs by entering applicable keywordshere.
The number of Pathways Program jobs with museum responsibilities is limited. Applicants seeking entry-level positions should also do a general search for museum positions onUSAJOBS. GS-1 through GS-7 typically denotes entry-level positions.