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

Natural Resource Internship - AmeriCorps

John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez CA


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one intern to serve as a Natural Resource Intern to dedicate 32 weeks to assist with various natural resource and biological monitoring projects in the East San Francisco Bay Area. The Intern will be based at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, where most of the work will be conducted. Serving on a team of natural resource management experts, the ACE Intern will conduct biological monitoring and resource management projects in the field, as well as help the park engage local youth and volunteers in conservation work and education through hands-on activities.


A 32-week commitment is required. 


Location:  This position will be based out of the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA. Intern duties may also be at neighboring National Park Service units of Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park and Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site.


Start Date: January 15, 2018 (some flexibility)


Project Partner Website: For more information about the John Muir National Historic Site please visit the NPS website: For more information on the ACE, please visit:



The ACE Intern will receive a $280 weekly living stipend plus $200 weekly housing allowance, contributing 40 hours per week.


AmeriCorps: Additionally, this position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the internship and service hours.  Additional AmeriCorps enrollment will be required after hire.  


Project Background:

The John Muir National Historic Site, located in the East San Francisco Bay Area, preserves the home of John Muir one of America's most famous naturalists and conservationist as well as over 325 acres of native oak woodlands, grasslands and other natural lands once owned and maintained by the Muir family, including Mount Wanda.


Position Description:  

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work conducted by ACE Natural Resource Intern will include maintaining and enhancing the natural and cultural landscapes of the park units, conducting biological and ecological inventories, monitoring of resources, leading stewardship projects, and restoring native and cultural lands by removing invasive species and promoting native vegetation. Specific duties will include:


  • Assisting in planning and programming of natural resource management projects.
  • Helping to implement projects, including: biological inventory and monitoring, invasive plant monitoring and control, native plant restoration, and wildlife monitoring projects;
  • Collecting and maintaining field data, including GIS and field notes, using standard protocols.
  • Maintaining administrative documentation for resource management reporting.

Additionally, the ACE Natural Resource Intern will assist with conducting youth and volunteer stewardship and resource education programs and activities:

  • Helping to develop and implement youth, volunteer and community engagement efforts related to natural resource management, such as providing logistical support towards stewardship activities.
  • Engaging and training local youth interested in conservation and environmental science; providing mentorship in career exploration and development;
  • Helping to manage the work and schedules of interns and volunteers.



It is highly preferred that applicants have a degree in environmental sciences, natural resource management, ecology, wildlife biology, biology, botany, wildlife management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and experiences is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. 


Position Requirements:

 Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only

  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35;
  • Experience and knowledge of ecology and natural resource management;
  • Intern must be able to provide own transportation to-and-from worksite base (John Muir NHS, Martinez);
  • Experience in hiking and navigation on uneven terrain;
  • Experience various field data collection methods using standard protocols;
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas;
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, and respect for nature is critical. 
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor on a regular basis.
  • Intern must commit to a schedule of no less than 40 hours per week;
  • Ability to relate well with youth and volunteers in the field and serve as leader, mentor and role model;
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team to carry out tasks to completion;
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation;
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE and AmeriCorps;
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Must be willing to wear ACE work shirt/gear while on projects.
  • The ACE intern must represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • LOCAL candidates are encouraged to apply!


Desired Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of the National Park Service (NPS);
  • Experience with outdoor education and youth leadership;
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional;
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome. Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are especially useful in this park.



TO APPLY: By October 29, please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the APPLY NOW link. Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the  ACE Director of Youth Programming at

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