Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
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.