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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking FOUR Shorebird Protection and Management Interns to dedicate 16 weeks in support of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The main duties will include managing and protecting state and federally protected shorebird species, specifically the piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher.

This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their field skills in wildlife management.


Start Date:  April 29, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

* A 16-week commitment is required for both periods *  


Location: The Cape Cod National Seashore is located in Wellfleet, MA.

Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore's 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape's glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, ground water fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore's ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Cape Cod National Seashore, please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $215/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the internship.

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

Position Description:  The main objective of the internship is to manage and protect state and federally protected shorebird species, specifically the piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher at Cape Cod National Seashore. 

Duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Interns will serve in the field most of the day, erecting miles of symbolic fencing, installing signage and predator exclosures in often demanding weather conditions
  • Interns will monitor shorebird nesting activities including locating potential breeding pairs and nests, daily monitoring of nests and following the movements of the precocial chicks until they fledge
  • Interns will enforce park regulations and provide impromptu interpretive talks about the birds and other wildlife to the visitors
  • Interns will be responsible for maintaining detailed, organized and accurate notes of field observations and be responsible for data entry

Schedule: A typical ACE Intern schedule will be 5 days/week, 8 hours per day, and some weekend service may be required.

Qualifications:  This position is both physically and technically demanding. Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, marine biology, wildlife sciences, biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
  • Must be able to complete tasks well independently and on a team
  • Physically able to serve outdoors for long hours in intense weather conditions erecting fences and installing signage and animal exclosures
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
  • Must have a deep interest in wildlife management and a respect for nature
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required


  • Knowledge of the natural history and scientific processes of the Northeastern United States; for example: ecology of marine ecosystems, dune and barrier beach ecosystems, coastal geologic processes, freshwater ecosystems, marine biology
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

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 three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:

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 ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at

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