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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Department of Interior

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuges System comprised of over 150 million acres including 555 National Wildlife Refuges. As a land manager, refuges have many cultural resource responsibilities and Chincoteague in particular has a long and rich history of Native American settlements, early European settlements with historic structures (including a lighthouse from 1833) and archeological resources (including artifacts associated with ship wrecks.

Intern needed to implement collection management activities for a small collection of waterfowl ephemera at Chincoteague National Wildlife (NWR), Chincoteague, VA. The focus of this internship will be to resolve cataloging discrepancies, conduct an inventory of the collection, including items on loan, documenting the collection and entering the collection into a museum database. A portion of the collection will also be packed for transportation to the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.  Technical support and instruction will be provided by an offsite museum curator. As time allows, additional curation activities will be undertaken at the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR in Cape Charles, VA. A Museum Studies preservation background preferred, but strong computer skills, independence and attention to detail is also important. A background check is needed to use government furnished computers. Work is based at Chincoteague NWR (a beach community) and housing is available. Internship is administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Please provide a resume and statement of interest expressing your basic qualifications.  (800 hours with potential for an additional 200 hours).

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