Archaeological Impacts of Climate Change at Biscayne National Park, FL


Location: Homestead, Florida, United States

Season: 
Monday, May 19, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Flyer: gsa_mosaics_poster_3x5-v1_2013_final.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
No cost to participants; participants are paid a living stipend.

Program Type

Volunteer

Affiliation:

National Park Service - Mosaics in Science Program

Project Director:

Matthew Dawson, Geological Society of America

Project Description

This position is part of the Mosaics in Science program, a partnership between the National Park Service and the Geological Society. The Mosaics in Science program offers diverse youth paid, short-term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—National Park Service sites throughout the United States of America. Selected participants will spend 11 weeks working on a STEM project at a National Park Service site. After completing their projects, participants travel to Washington, DC, to participate in a career workshop that provides opportunities to present their work and meet with various members of NPS staff and management. The objectives of the Mosaics in Science program are: Increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion in the National Park Service; Encourage diverse youth (undergraduate college students) to pursue studies in STEM fields; and Introduce diverse youth to careers in the National Park Service.
 
Public Land Name: Biscayne National Park
 
Position Title: Archaeological Impacts of Climate Change [Mosaics]
 
Agency: NPS
 
Position ID Number:  2014502
 
Location: Homestead, FL
 
Position Description:
Biscayne National Park (BISC) is the largest marine park in the National Park Service. The park includes approximately 175,000 acres of submerged land and 20,000 acres of emergent land, mostly mainland mangrove shoreline and the northernmost islands of the Florida Keys. The geography and location of the park make climate change, and its associated changes in sea level and in frequency and strength of tropical storms, of particular interest to the management and protection of the parks resources. In addition to the threat climate change imposes on the parks natural ecosystems, BISC is also home to over 130 archaeological and cultural sites, namely historic shipwrecks and prehistoric Native American settlements on and near the sea/shore interface on the islands. BISC is seeking a participant to assist in the monitoring and documentation of ongoing impacts (namely erosion) to submerged archaeological sites (due to increased storm strength) and to shoreline sites (due to tidal surges associated with storms). The documentation will also include the identification of sites in immanent peril of destruction in the event of sea level rise predicted for South Florida in the coming decades. During the course of the internship the participant will visit approximately 100 archaeological sites, both on land and underwater and will develop a strategy (that weighs the geomorphology present on the site along with the historic significance of the site) for managing the impacts of climate change to the historic record preserved in BISC. The participant will also have the opportunity to assist with large scale archaeological site stabilization projects that are ongoing BISC (both a historic shipwreck and a prehistoric terrestrial site).
 
Materials to be produced by participant:
The participant will assist in the preparation of a brief report identifying archaeological sites in peril and describing proposed actions for protecting the sites or mitigating the loss of historic data stemming from the impacts of climate change in south Florida. It is the hope of the park that this brief report could serve as the basis for the selected participant's future independent work toward a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis.
 
Qualifications:
Applicant should have, or be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in Anthropology, History, Archaeology, or a related field. Students with backgrounds in oceanography, or environmental sciences and an interest in their application to cultural sites are especially encouraged to apply Applicant must be a certified SCUBA diver and possessing of a physical condition allowing them to pass a medical exam and strenuous swimming and SCUBA diving assessments required of all NPS scientific divers. Applicant must be comfortable operating small watercraft (less than 27 feet) in open ocean situations. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.
 
Position Dates:
Working in park: May 19 - Aug. 1 (w/ some flexibility); Career workshop in Wash. DC: Aug. 4 - Aug. 8 (no flexibility; mandatory attendance)
 
Position Duration:
12 weeks total (11 working in park + 1 week at career workshop)
 
Stipend:
$4,000
 
Travel Allowance: 
All travel costs will be reimbursed
 
Housing Details:
Park will provide housing at no cost to the participant. Housing is located at the park headquarters / work site. The headquarters complex is a 15 minute drive to services in Homestead, FL. Public transportation is not available. A personal vehicle will be needed to drive into town. The housing unit includes shared (2 people) bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen. Participant will need to bring bedding and towels.
 
Physical/Natural Environment:
Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the National Park service. It is located south of the city of Miami and includes the islands of the northern Florida Keys between Key Largo and Key Biscayne. It was created in 1968 to preserve the natural beauty and ecosystems of Biscayne Bay, the longest unbroken chain of mangrove shoreline in the east coast, the islands of the northern keys, and the northern end of the Florida Coral reef tract in the Atlantic Ocean. The park is known for scuba diving, fishing, and snorkeling, and also as a location for viewing historic shipwrecks.
 
Work Environment:
This job will involve strenuous physical activity, including extended periods of working underwater on SCUBA, as well as hiking off trail over broken, heavily vegetated tropical hardwood hammock. Temperatures in the summer months in BISC can reach into the 90s and mosquitos on the islands can be voracious. Most of the applicant’s time (80%) will be spent in the field.
 
To Apply:
If you have questions about the application and selection process, please contact Matthew Dawson (mdawson@geosociety.org).  If you have questions about any aspect of the position — description, qualifications, housing, dates — please contact the primary or secondary contact below. Remember, application materials can only be submitted online through the Mosaics Website (www.geosociety.org/mosaics). The Primary and Secondary Contacts will not accept application materials sent to them via e-mail, mail, fax, etc. See the full Mosaics in Science program details at the Mosaics home-page (www.geosociety.org/mosaics).
 
PRIMARY CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Name: Charles Lawson
Title: Archeologist / Cultural Resource Manager
Street Address: 9700 SW 328th St.
City/State/Zip: Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: (786) 335-3676
 
SECONDARY CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Name: Elsa Alvear
Title: Chief of Resource Management
Street Address: 9700 SW 328th St.
City/State/Zip: Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: (786) 335-3623

Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistoric Native American

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 12 weeks

Minimum age: 
17

Experience required: 
Yes (see listing for details)

Room and Board Arrangements

Park will provide housing at no cost to the participant. Housing is located at the park headquarters / work site. The headquarters complex is a 15 minute drive to services in Homestead, FL. Public transportation is not available. A personal vehicle will be needed to drive into town. The housing unit includes shared (2 people) bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen. Participant will need to bring bedding and towels.

Cost: 
$0

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered 0
Tuition: 
$0

Location

Contact Information
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Telephone: 
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Fax: 
303-357-1070