American Conservation Experience - Member
  • National Park Service
  • Tulelake, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, Emerging Professional Intern Corps (EPIC), a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service Lava Beds National Monument (LABE), is seeking ONE Planning and Compliance Intern interested in dedicating 16 weeks in support of Lava Beds National Monument's and the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument's natural and cultural resource management programs.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation and planning efforts in our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural and cultural resource management, planning, and compliance. LABE is unique among America's National Parks with a combination of outstanding historic and geologic features, not to mention over 700 lava tube caves.


Start Date:  May 8, 2017 (can be flexible up to 1-2 weeks)

End Date:  August 26, 2017

* A 16-week commitment is required *


Location:  Lava Beds National Monument, CA. The Monument is located on the northern flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano near Tulelake, CA.  The region in and around Lava Beds Monument lies at the junction of the Sierra-Klamath, Cascade, and the Great Basin physiographic provinces.

Onsite housing will be provided at the Monument located 22 miles from the nearest town of Tulelake. There you can secure fuel and basic grocery necessities. There are three restaurant options either in or near Tulelake. About an hour north you can also access Klamath Falls, OR this is where you will want to do most of your shopping. You'll find lots of shopping options for groceries and other basic needs, and well as several restaurant options and entertainment options. 

The Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument includes both the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, and Camp Tulelake, which was first a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, then an additional facility to detain Japanese Americans, and finally a prisoner of war camp.


Project Website:  For more information regarding Lava Beds National Monument, or the National Park Service, please visit: and .

For more information regarding ACE and the Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE intern will be expected to contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $200/week.  Onsite dormitory housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members). The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the park.


AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,527.45) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Position Description:  Funding will be used for one intern to assist in a variety of planning related efforts for proposed operational undertakings within both monuments.

Primary duties: The intern will work within the Division of Resources Management, primarily in support of the monument's planning program.  The work will be primarily in an office setting at Lava Beds headquarters; however, opportunities for fieldwork and cross-training will be available. 

Regular tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating the monuments' monthly Operations and Project Compliance team meetings.
  • Working with resources management staff to determine impacts to natural and cultural resources and inputting this information into NPS databases.
  • Assisting with the monuments environmental compliance responsibilities including but not limited to the Tule Lake Unit Jail restoration project, the Schonchin Fire Lookout updates, maintenance road projects, and Camp Tulelake structure stabilization projects.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor


Physical Demands:  This internship position is primarily in the office, with opportunities for field work.  Field work is done over rough lava terrain in some difficult conditions; usually wind/heat in a high desert environment. Work conditions and risk include rough uneven terrain, heat, rattlesnakes, thorny plants, bees, and scorpions.  Occasional workdays may exceed 8 hours.

Lava Beds National Monument is a high desert environment. Field conditions will vary depending on seasonal, immediate weather and local terrain factors. Daily temperature can vary greatly and very hot conditions should be expected during the period of this internship. The surface terrain is highly variable and most often rugged lava terrain or steep and loose unconsolidated slopes. Projects could take place in remote off-trail settings. Cave conditions are dark and typically involve climbing and descending rugged terrain and maneuvering through tight spaces below ground. Hazardous substances may be used during maintenance projects and during exotic weed treatments. Safety is a primary objective and all necessary actions will be taken to maintain a safe environment for the intern.


Training:  This intern could receive cross-training from NPS staff on one or more resource management projects including vegetation mapping using GPS, invasive plant management, seed collection, GIS training, cultural resource management activities, and wildlife monitoring. These projects will provide interns with job experience in natural and cultural resource data collection, management, planning/compliance, and reporting.


Qualifications:  Ideal applicants for the position should be passionate about the National Park Service mission and could be interested in or have experience in anthropology, biology, environmental education, interpretation, environmental studies or science, ecology, resources management, education, park management, or a related discipline. The ideal intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group. 


  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years old. 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle strongly recommended so you can access Tulelake or Klamath Falls. 
  • Must be organized, accountable and outgoing.
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, caving and respect for nature is critical. 
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Strong leader and equally strong team member
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required. 


  • Knowledge and skills in conservation and environmental compliance policies.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.

The ACE 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 reserves the right to require drug testing. 


To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for 3 professional/academic references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website: 

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or 

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