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 National River (NERI) in West Virginia is seeking ONE GIS Intern to dedicate 12 weeks to NERI and the GIS Specialist. The purpose of this position is mainly to use GPS in order to locate infrastructure utilities above/below ground at park facilities and updating GIS databases for park infrastructure. The intern will then produce infrastructure maps of each park facility completed and collect location data in the field.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background in GIS, GPS, geography, or environmental sciences who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the New River Gorge National Rivers' professional staff and resources.

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: The GIS intern will primarily be serving on a park-wide project using GPS to locate and map infrastructure utilities above and below ground at park facilities, download GPS data and update GIS databases for park infrastructure. The intern will then produce infrastructure maps of each park facility completed. This will involve research for existing condition mapping, interviewing staff with institutional knowledge and finally collecting locations in the field. Also, the intern may be involved with additional GIS/GPS projects as the need arises.

Training: The intern will be trained in safety procedures and attend park-wide safety days. Training in ArcGIS and using handheld GPS units is also available. Cross-training opportunities are encouraged and can include: amphibian surveys, bird netting, mine portal surveys for bats, invasive species management, vegetation management, and interpretive programs/education.

Physical Demands: Duties consist of a mix of indoor sedentary projects and physical outdoor duties. Proejcts may be conducted over rough, un-even terrain during adverse weather conditions. Light lifting, bending, and driving are required.

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 GIS, GPS, geography, environmental sciences, or a related discipline.


  • 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
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to complete tasks well with others and individually
  • Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • English proficiency required


  • Intermediate GIS and GPS skills
  • Degree major or coursework in GIS, geography, or environmental sciences

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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