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 Native Plant Nursery 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 and Objectives:  The Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is a multifaceted program designed to protect, restore, and maintain the ecological stability within the Park's boundaries.  The Native Plant Nursery Intern and Restoration Intern will assist the NPS by supporting the nursery and restoration operations as well as the overall preservation and conservation of natural resources. 

The main objectives of the Native Plant Nursery are to propagate native plants for restoration projects throughout Grand Canyon National Park. Crew members collect seed and cuttings from over 120 different plant species. The Nursery crew propagates over 10,000 plants annually and holds over 30,000 plants at the Nursery facility.


Position Description:  The Native Plant Nursery Intern will serve alongside experienced National Park Service staff and the diversity of activities will provide interns with a well-rounded experience.

The Intern will spend their time with the Vegetation Program supporting the native plant nursery and greenhouse operation, assisting with the park's only endangered plant species, and maintaining restoration sites on the rim of Grand Canyon. 

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • propagating native plants at the park's new greenhouse
  • collecting native plant seeds and cuttings
  • growing and caring for plants at the native plant nursery
  • watering and monitoring restoration sites
  • hauling water to remote endangered species reintroduction sites
  • collecting field data 

All of these tasks contribute to the conservation and restoration of native vegetation and native plant habitat within Grand Canyon National Park. Other related tasks may be assigned at the mutual discretion of NPS and ACE.


Training: NPS will provide cross-training and other similar development opportunities to enhance the experiences of the Vegetation Management Intern. NPS staff will identify appropriate educational opportunities pertaining to the Park's natural and cultural history and allow time for the interns to learn of the ecological significance of the project to be performed. NPS will emphasize providing an enriching, rewarding, and educational experience for the Vegetation Management Intern during the execution of this project. Plant identification skills, GPS use, backcountry hiking and navigation, public speaking, leading groups as well as interacting with the public one on one, and other specific skills as they relate to the positions will be developed through the training provided by NPS.


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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