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Battle of Midway Historical Artifact Preservation and Interpretation Strategy

Project Type: Field. This field project will be cancelled if telework or remote work is required by USFWS or DOI leadership.

Location: Legacy Region 1, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, US Minor Outlying Islands

Housing: Project is in-person. Refuge housing provided at duty station; shared two-story house with private bathroom and full kitchen amenities; very limited WIFI/internet capabilities.

Project Background: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented individual interested in serving as a Fellow to help advance our mission to preserve the history of the Battle of Midway. Located in the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In addition to providing nesting habitat for millions of seabirds, the refuge also serves as the Battle of Midway National Memorial. The Battle of Midway, fought from June 4-6, 1942, was one of the most decisive battles of World War II, and proved to be the turning point of the War in the Pacific. The U.S. Navy recognized the Battle of Midway as one of the two most significant dates in naval history. Despite such recognition, resources for protection, preservation, and interpretation of the Battle of Midway are limited due to the atoll’s remote location, restricted public access, and staffing limitations. The integrity of the artifacts hosted in the Battle of Midway Museum are threatened by natural disasters, sub-optimal environmental conditions, and pest damage. The Fellow will have many opportunities to advance their professional development through networking with diverse partners, participating in unique opportunities available at the refuge, and contributing to the 80th Commemoration of the Battle of Midway.

Project Duties: The Fellow will fulfill a high priority need to develop an action plan that catalogues the Battle of Midway artifact inventory, condition, and location, outlines the appropriate locations for artifacts to be stored to optimize preservation and interpretation opportunities, and details a transportation strategy developed in close coordination with our partners. The Fellow will also design creative interpretive materials for the Battle of Midway in partnership with the National Conservation Training Center. The Fellow will create an essential coordination tool to determine how to best share and preserve the history of the Battle of Midway through a focused storage, preservation, and interpretation strategy for historical artifacts. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and senior who are pursuing a degree in education and outreach, social sciences, history/archives/museum studies, humanities, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Ability and willingness to live in a remote camp for weeks at a time; Must be organized and detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and make decisions independently using initiative and good judgement in completing tasks and responsibilities; Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written forms. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and with diverse partners.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, partnership building, public speaking, excellent organizational skills, and technical writing skills. An understanding and appreciation of World War II history.