Careers in the Plant Sciences

ACE EPIC NPS SC: Restoration and Conservation Intern - AmeriCorps

American Conservation Experience - Blacksburg, SC, United States

Position Title: ACE EPIC NPS SC: Restoration and Conservation Intern - AmeriCorps
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019
Institution: American Conservation Experience
Department/Division: NPS
Field (e.g., systematics): Restoration
City: Blacksburg, SC, United States
General Information: Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team (SEC-EPMT) is seeking ONE Restoration and Conservation Intern interested in dedicating 26-weeks in support of the National Park Service. The Intern will focus on enhancing and expanding Georgia aster habitat within Kings Mountain National Military Park (KIMO).

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks!

Start Date: September, 30 2019 (some flexibility with start date)
End Date: March 27, 2020 (or 26 weeks from start date)
*A 26-week commitment is required*

Location: Kings Mountain National Military Park, the "turning point" of the Revolutionary War in the South, where on October 7, 1780, an hour-long battle changed the course of the Revolutionary War. Kings Mountain National Military Park includes 4000 acres of land which hosts a wide variety of plant and animal life. For more information:

Project Partner Website: For more information regarding Kings Mountain National Military Park, or the National Park Service, please visit:

For more information about the American Conservation Experience, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE intern will receive a living allowance of $600/week for food and incidentals. They will live in park housing and are responsible for paying $400 a month for rent.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of ($2,960) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required for this benefit.

900 hour members are also eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who have served a minimum of 640 hours on appropriate public land projects may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status.

Position Description: Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum) is listed as a threatened plant species in North Carolina, and is a species of concern at KIMO. This project aims to secure the future of the Georgia aster by: improving existing and potential habitat through prescribed fire, selective thinning of woody vegetation, and exotic plant species management; and propagating Georgia aster for augmenting existing populations and for reintroducing it into suitable, restored habitats.

Projects will include:
-Assisting the Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team in restoration activities
-Controlling non-native plants using both manual and chemical methods
-Performing distribution mapping of non-native plants using GPS; collecting and reporting project data
-Assisting with additional resource management field and data management projects
Intern will potentially receive the following training: wildland fire, chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck, trailer, and UTV driving, hand tool use.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications: The program is interested in applicants with a passion for native plant restoration who possess leadership ability, patience, and an intense work ethic.

-Hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree in natural resource management, biology, ecology, or a related field. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.
-US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
-Intern must be 21-35 years of age (interns must be 21 years of age or older to apply for any ACE position that requires operation of agency or leased).
-A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
-A personal vehicle is required for the duration of the internship for personal use on off days.
-Must be willing and able to perform the above field projects.
-Must be physically fit and able to hike while carrying up to 40 pounds of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, in a variety of weather conditions.
-Must be able to work in poison ivy infested landscapes.
-Proficient in English.
-Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

-Experience with invasive plant management or restoration.
-A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural resources.
-Experience using GPS and GIS software.
-Able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners.
The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the NPS reserves the right to require drug testing.

EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Responsibilities: See general information
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist, Madison Douthitt at (828) 329-4793 or
Compensation Range: See general information
Contact Name: Madison Douthitt,