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

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit youth conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) at Pinnacles National Park is seeking TWO Ranger Corps Interns to commit 12 weeks to directly serve with the park staff to assisting interpretive rangers with providing insight behind the amazing natural and cultural resources of Pinnacles National Park.

This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing his or her career goals in education, cultural and natural resources, interpretation, and outreach through tenacity and commitment to the National Park Services' rich and unique natural and cultural resources.


Start Date:  Mid-February 2018

End Date:   12 weeks from start date

*A 12-week Commitment is Required*


Location:   Pinnacles National Park, CA

Pinnacles National Park is located in California's Central Coast region of the Gabilan Mountain Range east of the Salinas Valley. The surrounding landscape is largely chaparral with areas of oak savannah and grasslands. The position is located at the eastside park headquarters in Paicines, CA. Nearest communities for shopping, doctors, hospitals, and other amenities are Hollister (40 miles, population 34,400), King City (40 miles, population 11,000), Gilroy (65 miles, population 41,400), Salinas (70 miles, population 151,000), and Monterey (90 miles, population 30,000).

Pinnacles National Park is fairly remote. Applicants must have a personal vehicle, as the nearest services are a one-hour drive in any direction. Additionally, there is no cell-phone service in the park. 

Compensation: The ACE Intern will serve part-time 16 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $144/week for food and incidentals. Housing is not provided and local applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Description: The ACE Intern will directly serve with the NPS Staff within Pinnacles National Park. Duties include, but are not limited to the following within four primary focal areas:

Visitor and Resources Protection Program:

  • Assist with park and weekend operations in areas with high numbers of visitors, which will help prevent resource damage before it occurs (i.e. organizing visitors to ride the shuttle bus, helping with parking duties and issues, informing visitors of park rules and regulations, etc.)
  • Participate in trainings and service projects ranging from Search and Rescue training to First Aid and CPR
  • Assist with preventative search and rescue (PSAR) informing visitors of heat index and trail conditions
  • Rove or patrol area trails as assigned. This will help in protecting resources, increase knowledge and appreciation of the Park, and provide eyes and ears in heavily visited areas such as the Bear Gulch Caves
  • Become highly familiar with answers to frequently asked questions and resource issues to ensure that accurate information is effectively disseminated to visitors
  • Conduct education and outreach to park visitors, local landowners, and surrounding community about Wilderness protection efforts
  • Assist park rangers with law enforcement duties
  • Learn how wildland fire impacts the park's resources and how it's managed and mitigated, and inform the general public about fire conditions and hazards

Interpretive Program:

  • Learn the history of Pinnacles National Park and answer commonly asked questions from visitors
  • Assist with nature programs on a variety of topics which include astronomy, bats, cave systems, the condor program, geology, plant species (native and non-native), different types of wildlife found in the park
  • Lead nature hikes and assist interpretive rangers on nature programs
  • Research topics of interest dealing with the park to create an interpretive talk
  • Planning and conducting service learning projects with youth and school programs
  • Assist with the Jr. Ranger program introducing youths to the National Park Service

Wildlife Management Program:

  • Assist with raptor monitoring
  • Assist with pig fence maintenance and monitoring
  • Assist with amphibian and invertebrate surveys
  • Assist with bat surveys
  • Assist outside researchers and partners with ongoing research projects
  • Assist park managers with the 'keep wildlife wild' project
  • Assist with invasive animal management
  • Assist with habitat restoration projects

Cultural Resources Program:

  • Assist cultural resource staff with an oral history and traditional association project
  • Conduct archeological field projects as needed

Training:  The park and park staff will provide opportunities in leadership development and career exploration within the field of land management. The park will provide training on park resource information, operating procedures, and safety protocols.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, ecology, environmental studies, 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.


  • 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 serve alone and in a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, ability to provide documentation, and personal vehicle for the duration of this position.
  • Capable and comfortable of hiking 2-6 miles in steep, uneven terrain in unpredictable outdoor settings.
  • Public speaking and interpersonal skills.
  • 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 natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing in our program. 

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 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 posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at

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