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 Habitat Restoration Interns to commit 26 or 18 weeks to directly serving the park staff at Pinnacles National Park.

This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in habitat restoration and natural resource management through tenacity and commitment to the National Park Services' rich and unique natural and cultural resources.


Start date: Mid-February 2018

End Date: 26 or 18 weeks after start date

* A 26 or 18-week commitment is required *

   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 Interns will serve 40 hours/week and those NOT receiving on-site housing will receive a living allowance of $400/week for food and incidentals. Those accepting on-site housing will receive a living allowance of $275/week for food and incidentals.

AmeriCorps: The 18-week position may be eligible for a 450-hour ($1,538.36) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. The 26-week position may be eligible for a 900-hour ($2,907.50) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: The ACE Intern will directly serve within the Division of Research and Resource Management at Pinnacles National Park.

The intern will serve as part of a crew conducting invasive plant eradication and habitat restoration efforts (90%)

Additional duties (< 10 %) may include projects on other resource-related projects such as:

  • Assisting with fire effects
  • Aquatic resources
  • Wildlife resources monitoring
  • Interpretation-related projects
  • May use computer software applications (e.g., Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS etc.) to enter, process, assemble, and summarize data
  • Create reports and recommendations from natural resources projects.

Environment: Approximately 90% of this position is made up of physically demanding projects in the outdoors. Crew members must be able to hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Duties in the field includes exposure to environmental hazards including extremes of temperature and moisture, rattlesnakes, ticks and biting insects, and poison oak. 

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 biology, ecology, vegetation management, botany, environmental studies, natural resource management, 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 30 years old
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Ability to serve well with staff and a diversity of park partners
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, ability to provide documentation, and personal vehicle for the duration of this position
  • An interest and ability to serve outdoors in arduous field conditions
  • Must be able to hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds
  • English proficiency
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required


  • Practical knowledge of a wide range of field restoration skills and invasive plant control techniques
  • Local applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, 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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