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Materials Conservation Internship: Fire Suppression on Cultural Resources

NCPTT Materials Conservation Fellowship: Fire Suppression on Cultural Resources

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training announces an Fellowship for a period of 12-24 months to (1) study the effects of fire suppressants on cultural resources, and (2) identify methods to remove fire suppressants from cultural resources. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildland fires from 2007 to 2017 affected more than 75 million acres of land. Wildfires pose a threat to cultural resources including both known and undiscovered historical structures and archeological sites. A new generation of chemical fire retardants and suppressants have come into use over the course of the last decade.  

The successful candidate will:

  1. identify benefits and hazards of specific fire suppressants on cultural resources; 
  2. create recommendations for removal of fire suppressants from cultural resources; 
  3. publish a publicly accessible science-based best practice protocol for uses of fire suppressants on/near significant cultural resources; and 
  4. disseminate the results of the research through peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, and educational webinars.
Yellowstone National Park Wildland Fire

Yellowstone National Park Wildland Fire

Desired Skill/Qualifications: The position requires a person who is knowledgeable about the field of historic preservation. Experience in experimental design, instrumentation, etc. and has experience in a lab and the field are beneficial to the position.  The preferred will have a bachelor’s degree or greater in a similar subject matter.  

Position is funded by a cooperative agreement between NSU and the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

Length of Time Position Needed: 12-24 Months

Supervisor: Mary Striegel, Chief, Materials Conservation, NCPTT

Deadline to Apply: December 15, 2019

Effective Start Date: January 3, 2020

Number of Hours Position will work: 40 hours per week.

Work is temporary

Will I get paid?

Yes. Our Fellowships are short-term employees of Northwestern State University. Compensation is based on experience, including academic experience. Depending on your personal spending habits, the compensation provided is typically more than sufficient to cover living expenses during your stay in Natchitoches.

Is housing provided?

Housing is not provided. However, Natchitoches is a college town and there are usually plenty of sublets and short-term rentals available.

TO APPLY: Email your resume, a list of three references, transcripts, and a cover letter to Mary Striegel at Please feel free call if you have any questions.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119