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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking ONE Invasive Plant Management Intern to dedicate 51-weeks serving directly with the Grand Canyon vegetation staff exploring the field of vegetation management. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, and who are invested in learning more about site restoration, endangered species management, plant propagation, and nursery management.


Start Date:  May 1, 2017

End Date:  April 22, 2017

* A 51-week commitment is required *


Location:  Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona. Living locations are at high elevation (South Rim 6860 ft.). Summer on the South Rim is pleasant with temperatures reaching 80F and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter can be cold with occasional snow storms. Be prepared for all elements when living at the Grand Canyon - snow, rain, heat, drought, etc. 

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Grand Canyon, please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation:  A $235/week stipend will be provided for food and incidentals.  Housing will be provided in Park housing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and $100/week allowance will be provided to cover all housing costs.  Housing will be shared occupancy and pets are not allowed.

A $650 Relocation Allowance will also be awarded in addition to a $300 Travel Allowance.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for two 900-hour ($2,887.50 each) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.



Project Background: The Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is a multifaceted program designed to protect, restore, and maintain the ecological stability within the Park boundaries. In the past, interns have worked on assisting the park in their effort to control invasive species such as Russian thistle, Himalayan blackberry, goat grass, bull and scotch thistle, to name a few. Removing or controlling this invasive species threat is often the first step towards the active restoration efforts that naturally come next. 2009 saw a large planting, watering, mulching, and caging effort, in addition to coordinating, monitoring and data collection that must be done each year. Part of the 2011 restoration effort included a plant salvage project throughout the whole park, and last year saw significant native plant production and site restoration.


Position Description:  The Invasive Plant Management Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the Grand Canyon Vegetation Program on the South Rim and other park locations working directly assisting the Vegetation Program's Plant Biologist with invasive plant management throughout the park using a variety of hand tools and chemical control methods. Projects will primarily be in a field setting with some office work including data entry and reporting. This position includes working as a member of the Grand Canyon Invasive Species Crew while sometimes working independently on invasive plant removal. Duties include:

  • Invasive plant infestation identification
  • Invasive plant removal and management
  • Data collection in the field
  • Data entry for the vegetation program database
  • Leading or co-leading volunteer stewardship groups

Additionally, the Intern will also help with vegetation plant management in other locations in the park and help lead volunteer stewardship groups and assist in other aspects of the vegetation program including the restoration, horticulture and nursery programs. The majority of projects will be completed in a high elevation area (South Rim, 6860 ft.) but this position does include camping and working in some more remote areas of the Canyon, such as Indian Gardens and Phantom Ranch, where lower elevation makes for warmer temperatures during the summer months. 


Training: Plant identification, GPS use, backcountry hiking and navigation, and other specific skills as they relate to the positions offered. There will be opportunities for guided hikes; presentations and trainings will be offered to staff and volunteers periodically throughout the season.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental science, botany, ecology, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, forestry, or a related discipline.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS as well as with the public and in large group settings
  • Must have a validdriver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, and have a personal vehicle
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
  • Must have an interest in community outreach and involvement
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor duties in all types of inclement weather
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and serve on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park
  • English proficiency required


  • Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to serve alone or in a group
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization 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 a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 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 position may close at any time.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC National Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or

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