- May 24–July 31 (One Position Available)
- Application Deadline: March 12th, 2021
The following is provided for general informational purposes only.
Crow Canyon Education
Crow Canyon’s educational philosophy uses experiential, student-centered education methods to engage learners of all ages in an inclusive and dynamic study of the human past. The staff works toward this goal by developing curricula, teaching about past and present cultures of the Southwest, investigating student learning, and communicating the Center's educational methods and theories to others. The work of the department is guided by a respect for, and is conducted in collaboration with, American Indians. Archaeology, education, applied anthropology, and American Indian studies provide the academic foundation for Crow Canyon programs.
Crow Canyon's experiential education programs not only provide instruction in archaeology, but also involve the lay public in the actual research process. This firsthand approach increases awareness of, and appreciation for, our rich cultural heritage, while providing broad-based support for archaeological research and preservation. Through Crow Canyon's programs, students of all ages gain an understanding of culture, American Indian history, archaeological research, human interaction with the environment, and the importance of cultural continuity.
Educators at Crow Canyon have academic and professional backgrounds in education, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, and American Indian studies. The staff collaborates with archaeologists and American Indians to develop educational programs that engage both children and adults. Curricula and lesson plans emphasize an experiential approach to learning and draw upon the results of Crow Canyon's archaeological research into the ancestral Pueblo people of the Mesa Verde region. In such an environment, education interns will gain valuable experience in working with, and learning from, a wide variety of people.
Principles that Guide Our Work
- Everyone's history matters.
- Archaeological research and indigenous perspectives are essential to building a more inclusive story of the human past.
- Experience and reflection form the foundation for meaningful learning.
- Archaeology is a multidisciplinary field.
- The learning environment should engage students in critical thinking and promote respect for culture, the environment, and other people
What Do Education Interns Do?
Education interns will gain experience in some, or all, of the following areas:
- Helping participants learn the culture history of the northern Southwest, especially that of the ancestral Pueblo people
- Teaching traditional skills and technologies
- Instructing participants in modern educational pedagogy
- Assisting with the supervision of lay participants
- Conducting tours of Crow Canyon's archaeological excavations, laboratory, and leading trips to other ancestral Pueblo sites in the Mesa Verde region
- Developing curricula related to Crow Canyon's education and research
- Developing and delivering distance learning programs
- Assisting educators in the classroom (indoors and outdoors) and in preparing class materials
Course Work and Skills Required
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
- Advanced undergraduate or graduate coursework in education, museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, American Indian studies, or a related field
- Ability to work as part of the Mission staff team
- Ability to work well with students ranging from fourth graders to senior citizens, many of whom have no previous archaeological experience
- Ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment