American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Fruita, CO, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Native Vegetation Intern to dedicate 18 weeks serving directly with the Colorado National Monument, in western Colorado, exploring the field of vegetation and natural resource management.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through tenacity and commitment to the Colorado National Monument's professional staff and amazing biological resources.

Start Date:  April 30, 2018 (maybe be flexible for the right candidate)

End Date:    August 31, 2018 (or 18 weeks from the start date)

 *An 18-week minimum commitment is required*

Location: Colorado National Monument: Fruita, CO

Colorado National Monument, located on the Western Slope of Colorado, preserves one of the grandest landscapes of the American West.  The monument has more than 700,000 visitors annually and it provides many recreational uses for them such as bicycling along Rim Rock Drive, camping in the 80-site campground, hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking.  The monument is in close proximity to the towns of Fruita (7 miles) and Grand Junction (17 miles).  The surrounding area has a population of approximately 150,000 people.  Most community and commercial facilities are located in Grand Junction, including Colorado Mesa University, several hospitals, shopping facilities and churches.  The climate is dry, high desert with summer daytime temperatures ranging from 85 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Project Website:  For more information about the Colorado National Monument, please visit the Monument's website at: For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

Compensation: ACE Intern is anticipated to be serving ~40 hours/week and will receive a $415/week stipend for food and incidental expenses. Housing is provided within the Monument at no cost to the intern, and is shared occupancy. Pets are strictly prohibited.

Position Description:  The ACE Native Plant Intern will work collaboratively with the National Park Service staff as part of the native plant vegetation team to accomplish a variety of ecological field projects relating to native plant management. The use of GPS units, computers, digital camera, and government vehicles will be required to accomplish these projects.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying vascular plants using a taxonomic key;
  • Monitoring and surveying vegetation;
  • Collecting vegetation data in the Monument;
  • Revegetating disturbed areas;
  • Eradicating invasive plants by using chemical, manual, and mechanical techniques in both front-and-backcountry locations, usually in challenging and rugged terrain;
  • Collecting native plant seeds in the field:
  • Compile and report vegetation data using a variety of computer programs;
  • Map-work and orienteering will be required

Physical Environment:  This internship is primarily a field (outdoor) position. When in the field, weather conditions may vary and will include potential for fast-moving lightning storms and temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Projects will be performed at altitudes ranging from 4,500 to 6,000 ft. Projects will also include heavy lifting as well as bending and stooping for long periods of time. When serving in remote backcountry areas, the ACE Intern will be required to hiking one-to-ten miles (round-trip) in rough terrain carrying a three-gallon (25lbs.) backpack. Indoor projects will include sitting at a computer in the Monument's Resource Management Office.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental science, botany, ecosystem restoration, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management , forestry, or a related discipline.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • Must be 18-35 years of age (interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 25-50 pounds and work on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park
  • English proficiency required


  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
  • Ability and comfort leading Youth Conservation Corp teams and volunteers
  • Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to serve alone or in a group, at times with limited supervision
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer
  • Experience driving manual transmission is a plus
  • It is highly desirable to have a personal vehicle, as it is difficult to secure reliable rides for groceries or other activities that you wish to engage in during off hours

The ACE Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS 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 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 application may close at any time.  If you have any questions regarding the position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa at

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