The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) provides leadership in archeological resource management, primarily serving the Midwest Region of the NPS. MWAC uses archeological expertise and innovative research methods to support the NPS and partners in documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources, data, and collections, with the goal of sharing this information with the public to advance our understanding of history and human behavior.
A core function of the Center is to help NPS managers protect and conserve archeological resources in parks. This involves a variety of activities, such as field visits to assess archeological site condition, collaborating with parks to track threats and impacts to sites, helping managers minimize the impacts of needed activities on archeological resources, and providing advice regarding the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The Center also serves as an official repository for archeological collections, curating materials for over 60 Midwest Region and Intermountain Region parks. These collections include nearly 3 million artifacts and archival documents.
In order to accomplish its mission, MWAC employs around 30 full- and part-time employees. It is based out of the Denney Federal Building in Lincoln, Nebraska, where it houses a lab, offices, library, collections space, and a small vehicle fleet.
About The Mission Continues Fellowship
A Mission Continues Fellow is a post 9/11 veteran who, through an application and interview process, is selected to serve for six months, 20 hours a week at a government or non-profit organization of their choice. During the Fellowship, Fellows will complete a professional development curriculum, receive a monthly cost of living stipend and one on one coaching from Mission Continues Staff. To learn more about The Mission Continues and Fellowship program visit https://www.missioncontinues.org/
Job Title: Collections Management Assistant
Schedule: A total of 20 hours a week for 6 months. Weekly schedule to be set by the Fellow and their site supervisor between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30, Monday-Friday.
Location: Midwest Archeological Center is located within the Denney Federal Building, 100 Centennial Mall North, Room 474, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Veteran Volunteer Opportunities and Responsibilities:
The Fellow will join the Center’s museum collections team, working in an office and laboratory setting. S/he will assist with maintaining and updating library catalog database; conservation and repair of rare books; digitization of fragile media; packaging and labeling of artifacts and project archives; research and content development for website and social media.
Through this fellowship, the volunteer will gain experience relevant to the fields of library science, museum collections, and archeology. The individual will have the opportunity to work with cultural resources from National Park Service units across the Midwest Region, and will receive training as needed to perform tasks in museum curation and conservation practices, library data standards, and use of key software and equipment.
Required Skills or Qualifications:
The position will require sustained attention to detail and ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Volunteer should be able to follow instructions and ask questions when unsure of direction, and be comfortable working with others in an office setting. Volunteer must be able to lift 25 lbs. above their head. A background check is required. Education or interest in museum studies, archeology, and/or library science is highly desired but not required. Volunteer will receive needed training as part of the fellowship.
In addition the volunteer must meet The Mission Continues Fellowship eligibility requirement:
Honorably discharged veterans having served a minimum of 24 months (total) after September 11, 2001, are eligible to apply. Applications with less than 24 months of service will be considered if serious injury and or extenuating circumstances prevented further service. Various characters of discharge will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans applying for fellowship must have completed all military obligation and no longer serving with the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans on terminal leave or part of the IRR/ING may apply.
All applicants will be subject to a background check as part of the application process. Individual circumstances will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
The Fellow will improve access to NPS archeological collections and publications for park managers, researchers, and the public, and ensure continued access to these valuable resources for future generations.