Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE National Historic Landmarks Program Fellow interested in learning about federal preservation policies and procedures by supporting the core duties of the regional National Historic Landmarks (NHL) program while exploring how the program can contribute to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org
Start Date: September/October 2021
End Date: 52 weeks after start date
* A minimum 52-week commitment is required *
National Historic Landmarks Program
National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic properties that illustrate the heritage of the United States. The over 2,600 NHLs found in the U.S. today come in many forms: historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. Each NHL represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture.
The National Capital Area’s (NCA) regional National Historic Landmarks Program is based in Washington D.C., but oversees the program in DC and surrounding counties and cities in the states of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia as well.
For more information on the NHL program, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1582/index.htm
For information on the National Capital Area NHL Program, see NCA National Historic Landmarks Program – Resource Stewardship & Science – Region 1 NCA
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $1,000/week to offset the costs of housing, food, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Housing is not provided by ACE or NPS.
Position Description: This fellowship will begin work remotely with an anticipated transition to in-person work this winter or spring. The position will allow for telework for a portion of the work week, to be determined based on the fellows needs and the office’s telework policy that are currently being developed. The fellow will work with the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Coordinator in NCA, along with staff in other regional NHL offices, as well as with the NHL staff at the Washington Support Office of the NPS. The fellow will provide program support and organize and undertake a strategic planning effort to establish a framework and goals for the NHL program’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation (America 250) to culminate in 2026.
The fellow will learn about federal preservation policies and procedures by supporting the core duties of the regional National Historic Landmark program while exploring how the program can contribute to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation. A major goal of the commemoration will be to expand the historical narratives told through our national historic designation programs and to challenge historical narratives that have contributed to systemic racism in our nation.
The fellow will lead an effort to develop a NHL Program strategy and work plan for commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation which will include:
- Convening a NHL Program working group to establish goals, define projects, and establish resource needs
- Exploring existing NHLs and themes that are aligned with the values upon which the country was founded
- Reaching out to colleagues and partners to determine how the program can contribute to the national commemoration and to generate new ideas for the 250th commemoration
- Considering ways to move forward with NHL designation of sites already identified under past heritage initiative theme studies
- Compiling and analyzing existing NHL documentation to determine how the documents exclude or obscure underrepresented groups and narratives
- Revising historic contexts and recommending revisions and addenda to NHL nominations throughout the National Capital Area
- Exploring and developing partnerships that will amplify the work of the NHL program
Through these investigations and through discussions with and guidance from the working group, the fellow will draft and revise a strategic plan that captures what the NHL Program’s legacy will be for the 250th anniversary and how the program will pursue those legacies. As part of this work, the fellow will work with the 250th NHL Working Group to develop ideas for how all new NHL documentation can incorporate inclusive and representative histories and avoid perpetuating harmful narratives.
The fellow will also assist with general program management and support including processing NHL applications, monitoring progress of projects, editing NHL applications, and providing assistance with targeted research in support of applications and inquiries for NHL designation. In addition, the fellow will develop social media and web content for the NHL program and assist with tracking and correspondence related to compliance with Section 106 and 110(f) of the National Historic Preservation Act.
- Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of historic preservation and the evaluation of significance of historic properties
- Understanding of American history and the research and documentation process
- 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 collaborative 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
- Possess or be pursuing a master’s degree or higher in American History, Public History, Historic Preservation, or related field
- Interest in inclusive history that expands understanding and recognition of underrepresented communities throughout American history
- Understanding of the research and documentation of diverse historical contexts