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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) is seeking ONE Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 12 weeks in support of the National Park Service in implementing and delivering interpretive programming to Park visitors.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management, history and education.


Start Date:   March 4, 2018 (may be flexible by a week for the right candidate)

End Date:    May 26, 2018 (or 12 weeks from the internship start date)

* A 12-week minimum commitment is required *


Location:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, based out of Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park is unique among America's National Parks; located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its rich diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of the ancient mountains and forests, and its preservation of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Project Website:  For more information regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: and  For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit

Compensation: The ACE intern will contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $140/week. Shared housing will be provided by NPS. Cell phone reception is not always reliable and a personal vehicle is required due to the site being remote and no reliable public transportation. The Intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450 hour ($1,538.36) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: The largest expanse of wilderness east of the Mississippi River, located on the Tennessee/North Carolina border; Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most heavily visited national park, as well as an ancient forested mountain complex that forms one of the most spectacular

areas of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Youth will assist with visitor services, resource education programs in the park,  intern will staff information kiosks,  information desk (including opening/closing visitor center and Mountain Farm Museum), assist in maintaining heirloom gardens including vegetables, corn and sorghum in some districts,  develop and present junior ranger programs, interpretive talks, provide informal (roving) interpretation as assigned, education program and orientation at assigned stations such as historic houses and other structures, assist with resource management projects and assist other divisions.        

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental service performed by Interpretation Intern is:

Resource Education- Educating area children, teachers and parents about 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. 


Training Provided: The intern will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of curriculum-based 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.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management, education, park management, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group. The ACE NPS GRSM Education 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.


  • Must be a US Citizens 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 work alone and in a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required.
  • Deep interest in ecology, education, and natural and cultural history.
  • Enthusiastic about working with students in grades K-8
  • Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians
  • Must be able and willing to participate outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Candidate is anticipated to have recurring access to vulnerable populations during this position.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
  • Familiarity with the National Park Service
  • 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.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

The intern must be willing 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 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 ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Zo Moskwa, (801) 707-7832 or

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