Conservation Legacy Individual Placement - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Archeology Intern-2017 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Job Description

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 18 - 30, to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast.

SECC positions focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SECC also provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking a qualified student as a full-time (40 hours per week) summer intern in the Cultural Resource Management Branch. The position is based in field, laboratory, and office settings.

The Archeology Internship at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will provide the opportunity for an interested and motivated individual to develop skills and knowledge related to archeological resource management in the National Park Service. The selected individual will gain experience in investigating and documenting archeological sites, identifying cultural materials commonly found in the Appalachian Summit region, and the proper handling of archeological specimens. The selected individual will work closely with the Park Archeologist in conducting archeological site condition assessments, field site investigation and reporting, as well as laboratory methods and materials processing/preparation. The selected individual will also have the opportunity to work with the Park’s Museum Curator in accessioning, cataloging, and curating archeological objects.


  • Academic background in archeology, anthropology, history and/or other cultural topics.
  • Proficient writing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to meet the physical & mental demands of working & hiking all day in backcountry terrain. Position may require overnight backcountry stays.
  • *Note: Exposure to poison ivy and biting/stinging insects is likely. Potential applicants that are highly allergic to either/both should consider this carefully.

Participation and Expedition Behavior

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
  • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
  • Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.

Safety and Judgment

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
  • Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques

*Outdoor Skills and Fitness *(where appropriate)

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.

Substance Free

  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk and listen.
  • Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms.
  • Often lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus.
  • Frequently required to drive an SECC vehicle, and must be able to speak, understand, write and read English. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to preform essential functions.

To Apply:

Follow the link below. Be sure to include three references and a resume.

If you have questions regarding the position please contact:

Heath Bailey - Archeologist

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

865 430 0340

If you have questions regarding the application process please contact:

Sarah Brown

Southeast Conservation Corps

(423) 664.2344

Job Location

Gatlinburg, TN United States

Position Type



Interns are paid an living stipend of $460 per week before taxes, via direct deposit. The intern is responsible for finding and paying for housing. In park housing may be available but it may be shared housing.Upon successful completion of their term, interns will receive a Segal AmeriCorps education award for tuition at Title IV accredited learning institutions, AmeriCorps approved non-traditional continued education or paying off student loans.

Tracking Code: 837-984

Job Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 460.00 - 460.00 USD