Job Overview


The employees of the National Park Service care for special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

This is a Full Time Career Seasonal position that is Subject to Furlough annually and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. Seasonal employment is defined in 5 CFR 340.401 as annually recurring periods of work expected to last less than twelve (12) months during a calendar year. Career Seasonal employees are permanent and placed in a non-pay/non-duty status during the furlough period. Although the actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs, you will be required to work or be in a pay status for a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) and generally not more than a maximum of 50 weeks (25 pay periods) in a service year. Permanent Career Seasonal employees are generally eligible for retirement coverage (5 CFR 831), are eligible for health and Life Insurance (5 CFR 870 and 890), and earn leave while in a pay status (5 CFR 630)

The incumbent serves as Historian at African Burial Ground National Monument, which is located in lower Manhattan, NY.  Serves as advisor to Chief of Cultural Resources on Manhattan Sites cultural resources, particularly history.  Identifies, evaluates, and monitors cultural resources.  Determines research needs and coordinates efforts toward obtaining needed research through various programs, grants, or contracts.  African Burial Ground is one of the sites of Manhattan Sites NHS, and is within the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH), which includes 10 national park system sites with 22 unique destinations in and around four of the five boroughs of New York City and northern New Jersey. Additional information on African Burial Ground can be found at the following website: Manhattan Sites NHS webpage


The selectee will be responsible for:

  • Developing, in coordination with others, the Cultural resources management plans and park historical programs.
  • Gathering historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collecting data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Presenting historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
  • Preparing publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.
  • Speaking to various groups, organizations, and clubs.
  • Tracing historical development and conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.   
  • Publishing or present findings and theories.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • occasional travel required

Relocation Authorized

  • No