American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Glen Jean, WV, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with New River Gorge (NERI) National River in West Virginia is seeking ONE Education Program Intern to dedicate 12 weeks to the NERI Interpretation staff. The purpose of this position it to help run a series of one week long residential environmental education camps at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.

This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, emerging professional with a background in education and/or interest in natural and cultural resources who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the New River Gorge National Rivers' professional staff.

Start Date: May 14, 2018

End Date: August 4, 2018

* A 12-week commitment is required *  

Location: New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, West Virginia.

New River Gorge National River (NERI) is located in southern West Virginia and encompasses 70,000 acres and 53 miles of one of the oldest rivers on the continent. NERI is home to a vast array of natural and cultural resources. Renowned for its recreational opportunities, NERI host miles of hiking and biking trails, premiere white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and camping.

Park staff also manages nearby Bluestone National Scenic River (BLUE) and Gauley River National Recreation Area (GARI). BLUE protects 10.5 miles of free flowing river and offers a rich variety of natural resources and history along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. GARI protects 25 miles of the Gauley River and 6 miles of Meadow River. Known for its multiple class V rapids, GARI is one of the most adventurous rivers in the east.

Project Website: For more information about the park, please visit their website at:,, For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

Compensation: The ACE intern will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week. Also, a $250 reimbursement is available for relocation or commuting expenses.

The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the park. Housing is provided at no cost to the intern by the park and consists of a furnished house located 6 miles from park headquarters and 13 miles to the nearest grocery store. Absolutely no pets are permitted in government housing.

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

Position Description:

This position will serve under the Division of Interpretation in order to:

  • Assist interpretive staff and the Education Coordinator with planning and developing a residential youth camp program for fourth graders at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.
  • Create and develop educational programs for fourth graders to teach them about the park, the National Park Service, and the natural and cultural resources found within the park.
  • Lead and assist with presenting educational programs and camp activities for kids attending several residential youth camps at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.
  • Develop a knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the park and the mission of the National Park Service, and use that knowledge to educate youth.
  • Act as a role model and leader for youth attending the residential camps.
  • Participate in seasonal training including park and mission orientation, introduction to the fundamental resources of the park, and interpretive techniques.
  • Coordinate logistics of camp operation and transporting kids to and from camp.
  • Participate in safety training including CPR and First Aid, park communications and radio use, and preparedness for program activities.
  • Handle any issues or emergencies that may arise at the residential camps (training will be provided on how to handle emergencies, who to contact, radio use, etc.).

Qualifications: 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 environmental education, interpretation, biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age (interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record and the ability to provide documentation upon request, personal vehicle is required
  • Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
  • Desire to learn and apply new concepts
  • Ability to complete tasks well with others and individually
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in physical labor
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • English proficiency required


  • Ability to collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Degree or coursework in education or interpretation
  • Some knowledge of elementary school level teaching and program development or demonstrated ability to serve with children
  • Some experience serving in a summer camp position (4H, scouts, etc.)

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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