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USAEC Cultural Resources Internship

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The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) is offering internships with the U.S. Army Cultural Resources Management (CRM) and compliance division. 

What will I be doing and why should I apply?

As an ORISE participant and under the guidance of a mentor, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills by collaborating on a wide array of tasks pertaining to government archaeology, including,

  • data collection and recovery
  • data management
  • lab analysis
  • report writing and document preparation for archaeological sites, compliance, and historic properties

The goal of the internship is to provide you experience in a fast-paced environment; however, you may also have the opportunity to develop and carry out small-scale research projects depending on task load and interest. Field work during in-house survey or data recovery projects will likely be primary activities, but overall, the internship can be tailored to your interest. 

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in field work and data collection such as survey, site recording, assessments, GIS data gathering and compliance monitoring. Hands-on activities may consist of artifact identification, analysis and interpretation, compilation of standard source material, photography, as well as, curating and organizing the Fort Huachuca artifact collection as necessary. Document preparation can include draft generation of historic property inventory forms, site forms, professional reports, and compliance package components such as consultation letter drafts. Fort Huachuca cannot guarantee that all of these tasks will be available in the same year, as Army mission and program needs may vary.

Where will I be located?

Fort Huachuca, Arizona

What is the anticipated start date?

Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.

What is the appointment length?

This appointment is a twelve-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by USAEC. For this opportunity, the stipend range is $3400-$4200/month and will be determined based on the selected candidate's academic standing, discipline, and experience. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement (Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE)
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

About U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) 

The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) proudly delivers environmental services and solutions in support of the Army's Environmental Program, enabling Army readiness and sustainability. For more than 40 years, USAEC has provided the knowledge, tools, and programs that support ready and resilient Soldiers, installations, and commands by balancing military training with sound environmental practices. Sound natural resources stewardship through ecosystem management is the underlying approach, and elements of the program include forest management, fish and wildlife (nongame and game), threatened and endangered species, habitat and community management, environmental awareness and environmental protection.  Fort Huachuca is an Army installation in southeastern Arizona, adjacent to the town of Sierra Vista.  The installation encompasses 80,000 acres across several environmental zones. The Huachuca Mountains form the Fort’s western boundary, and the majority of the installation resides in a high-elevation (4,600ft AMSL on average) desert grassland environment. The installation has many different compliance areas to work in such as, air, drinking water, storm water, hydrology, hazardous waste, hazardous material and wastewater. For more information about the USAEC, please visit


This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.  Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.  For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.


Qualified applicants will be pursuing or have completed an undergraduate or graduate program in Anthropology with an emphasis/focus in Archaeology or CRM. Graduates must have received their degree within the last four years. Applicants must be able to pass a basic background investigation. 

Highly competitive applicants will have education and/or experience in one or more of the following:                                

  • Data and database management [Microsoft Access, GIS data, and/or physical and digital records]
  • Historic building documentation, assessment, and repair/ demolition compliance.
  • Experience in survey, excavation, site recording, feature/ unit mapping and detailed recording skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
  • Proficiency in writing and basic editing skills
  • Experience with ArcGIS software  
  • Experience working with Trimble GPS units (preferred but not required)
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in harsh desert conditions (high summer heat or windy winter cold), with little to no cover for extended periods of time (5-7 hours a day, for as long as 30 consecutive business days. No camping required.)
  • A strong sense of initiative and the ability to prioritize and self-direct from a list of tasks
  • A positive diplomatic attitude and the ability to work collaboratively with others.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

A complete application consists of:

  • Zintellect Profile
  • Educational and Employment History
  • Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the opportunity)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records - Please upload a copy of a transcript for your current or most recent degree program that meets the disciplinary qualifications of the opportunity. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • One Recommendation. We encourage you to contact your recommenders as soon as you start your application to ensure they are able to complete the recommendation form and to let them know to expect a message from Zintellect. Recommenders will be asked to rate your scientific capabilities, personal characteristics, and describe how they know you. You can always log back in to your Zintellect account and check the status of your application. 

Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please list the reference code of this opportunity [Army-AEC-2024-0002] in the subject line of the email. Please understand that ORISE does not review applications or select applicants; selections are made by the sponsoring agency identified on this opportunity. All application materials should be submitted via the “Apply” button at the bottom of this opportunity listing.  Please do not send application materials to the email address above.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 48 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age