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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service at Lava Beds National Monument, is seeking ONE Interpretation and Education Intern interested in dedicating 16 weeks in support of NPS in creating and providing interpretive programs on the cultural and natural resources of Lava Beds. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks and has a strong interest in a career in cultural resource management and interpretation.


Start Date:  May 14, 2017     

End Date:  September 2, 2017

* A 16-week commitment is required*



Location:  Lava Beds National Monument, CA.


Lava Beds is located in remote northeastern California and sits on the slope of the largest volcano in the Cascade Ranger. The high desert landscape converts into a ponderosa pine forest along the south boundary. Under the sage brush landscape, you'll find lava flows, and over 700 lava tube caves. In addition to its outstanding geological features, the monument encompasses the main battlefields of the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the only major Indian war fought in California.


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. 


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding Lava Beds Nat'l Monument, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  The ACE intern will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $200/week.  The intern will have use of a government vehicle for service-related travel. Onsite housing will be provided at the Monument located 22 miles from the nearest town of Tulelake. 


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


Project Background: Lava Beds National Monument is full of geological locations, caves and other amazing natural resources that we work to protect and educate the public about.  It also has rich cultural history that includes the Modoc people and the Modoc War of 1872-1873. A major goal of the internship will be providing accurate interpretation and education to visitors and school groups on the natural and cultural resources in park.



Position Description: In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental duties performed by Interpretation Intern are:

Resource Interpretation Interpreting the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices 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 ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education.  Of particular importance is educating the public on White-nose Syndrome and how to help prevent introduction of the disease into the cave system, thus impacting bat populations of the Monument.

Interns serve primarily within the Interpretation division, interpreting the Monument's incredible natural, cultural and historical resources to park visitors and school groups. The intern will primarily be serving at the visitor center and throughout the park at key visitor use locations. Intern will staff the visitor center front desk, where they will be responsible for providing accurate information about the park and surrounding area to visitors. They will also be responsible for relaying safety information to visitors and screening for White-nose Syndrome. 

Projects include developing new interpretive programs, maintaining program statistics, and creating visual aids.  Interns will also learn and present pre-developed curriculum education programs to school groups.  They will also assist with special events and serve on independent projects as needed. Intern will also research and create a cave tour, talk and evening campfire program to present to general visitors.

The Intern will serve the NPS LABE mission by enthusiastically serving to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and give interpretive programs to general visitors
  • Provide outreach education programs to pre-K through middle school aged students
  • Program preparation, lesson revision, lesson development, related activities
  • Screening visitors for WNS
  • Riding in and driving government vehicles
  • Assistance with office projects and park emergencies
  • Intern will wear the ACE and/or park polo shirt (provided) and natural toned pants, hiking boot/shoe and belt as their uniform.


Training: The intern will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of curriculum-based programs, development of interpretive programs, report writing, and other position related skills, as well as safety training and oversight. 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. The NPS Education Specialist also provides coaching throughout the internship, allowing interns the chance for continuous improvement. Driving training will be provided on how to operate electric vehicles, and a 3-4 hour online defensive driving training is offered.

Physical Demands: The Interpretation Internship position is high energy and can be stressful, due to the volume of contacts. The position may require driving in rain, snow, on icy roads, before sunrise, and after sunset. It requires projects with all ages of children, in any educational setting, as well as with teachers, aids, and parents. The position requires walking up to four miles over uneven terrain at elevation while leading educational groups.  Occasional days may exceed 8 hours.  


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental education, interpretation, cave sciences, biology, natural resource management, park management, or a related discipline.



  • 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 required so you can access Tulelake or Klamath Falls.
  • Deep interest in history, research 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.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.



  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.


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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