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Posted: 08/21/2015

American Conservation Experience
Emerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC)

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a professional development conservation internship program that partners with the National Park Service, The US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other conservation agencies to provide hands-on professional internship opportunities int he fields of natural and cultural resources. ACE EPIC Internship and Fellowship opportunities typically last 2-12 months, providing extended opportunities for recent graduates to implement the principles and practices of land management and to apply themselves to experiential work within their fields of study. ACE EPIC interns earn a cost of living stipend and are provided with either dormitory housing at their service location or a housing allowance. Internship and Fellowship opportunities with ACE span the spectrum of land management disciplines, including botany, ecology, wildlife and marine biology, archaeology, paleontology, volunteer coordination, outreach and education, wilderness monitoring, recreation resource management, interpretation, ecological restoration, GIS, etc. ACE is a proud partner and supporter of AmeriCorps. Many ACE EPIC Internship and Fellowship positions have an education award opportunity through the AmeriCorps program.

Interpretation and Resource Management Internship - AmeriCorps
Internship Opportunity
Beatrice, AZ

NPS Homestead National Monument

Interpretation and Resource Management Internship - AmeriCorps


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation, in partnership with the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument of America in southeast Nebraska, is seeking one Interpretation and Resource Management Intern interested in dedicating 12 weeks in support of the National Park Service by directly assisting with the monument's natural and cultural resource management, interpretation, outreach, and visitor services.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in resource management and interpretation.


Start Date: September 6, 2015

End Date:  Nov. 28, 2015 (12 week from the start date)

*A 12-week commitment is required*


Location:  Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska


Project Website:  For more information regarding Homestead National Monument of America, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org 


Compensation/Benefits:  The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $110/week. Onsite housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members) at no cost to the intern.  The intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel.

AmeriCorps Education Award: This position may be eligible for a $1493 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 450 hours of service (contingent upon availability of grant). Additional AmeriCorps enrollment will be required.


Position Description:  

Project Background and Objectives: Homestead National Monument of America is a small National Park Service (NPS) site dedicated to telling the story of the historic Homestead Act of 1862, one of the most significant pieces of Legislation in the history of the United States, brought forth by President Abraham Lincoln. The monument is located on the site of the very first 160-acre Homestead claim filed in the Unites States. The Homestead Act of 1862 drastically impacted Westward Expansion by turning over vast amounts of public land to citizens for homesteading and settlement of the West. Homestead National Monument tells the story of the Act, its impact on America, and the exciting stories of homesteaders and settlers of the West.


In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work performed by Interpretation and Resource Management Intern is:

Resource Interpretation  Interpreting the significance and uniqueness of park natural and cultural resources, and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.

Resource Protection  Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects through information and education.

This will be achieved through the development and presentation of education programs, front desk public contacts, visitor services and other interpretation activities, as well as park stewardship and natural resource field projects.

This position is 40 hours/week.  During the three-month internship at Homestead, the ACE Intern will directly assist park staff in natural resource management, interpretation, and visitor services projects/programs. While having the opportunity to work in a variety of NPS programs, the intern will receive a well-rounded experience regarding the operation of a NPS site.


Responsibilities include:

Interpretation and Visitor Services (50%)

  • Assist with visitor reception and engagement in the Visitor Center
  • Assist visitors with inquiries regarding park resources and assist leading interpretative programs
  • Directly participate in special event planning and managing park brochures and publications

Natural Resource Management (40%)

  • Conduct vegetation monitoring
  • Participate with exotic and invasive plant management
  • Monthly water quality monitoring

Cultural Resource Management (10%)

  • Clean and maintain historic furnishings in the Palmer-Epard Cabin and Freeman School (interpretative sites)
  • Assist park staff with cataloging and accessioning museum objects


Training /Educational Opportunities: First Aid/CPR; Prairie plant identification; Vegetation management methods; and Visitor Center operation training.

ACE and NPS are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's parks and public lands. 



Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in interpretation, cultural resource management, environmental studies, history, ecology, biology, natural resource management, recreation management, park management, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. The ACE Interpretation and Resource Management Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and NPS reserves the right to require drug testing.


  • Must be a US Citizens or Green Card holder. 
  • Must be 18 to 35 years old.  Recent graduates from a relevant MA/MS program ages 25-29 are also eligible to apply.
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How to apply
To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter and three professional/and or academic references to the online ACE application page HERE: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/29755.html Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE Internship Program Manager, Hannah Wendel, at (801) 946-5379 or intern@usaconservation.org
Hannah Wendel
Phone: 801 946 5379

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