American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Cherokee, NC, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) is seeking TWO Interpretation Interns interested in dedicating 12 weeks in support of the National Park Service in implementing and delivering interpretive programming to Park visitors.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management, history and education.

Start Date:   May 13, 2018 (may be flexible by a week for the right candidate)

End Date:    August 4, 2018 (or 12 weeks from the internship start date)

* A 12-week minimum commitment is required *

Location:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, based out of Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located in Cherokee, North Carolina. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is unique among America's National Parks; located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its rich diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of the ancient mountains and forests, and its preservation of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Project Website:  For more information regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: and  For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit

Compensation: The ACE intern will contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $165/week. Shared housing will be provided by NPS. Cell phone reception is not always reliable and a personal vehicle is required due to the site being remote and no reliable public transportation. The Intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel.

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

Position Description: Great Smoky Mountains NP has a long-standing curriculum-based education program. The Parks as Classrooms (PAC) program offers nationally recognized K-12 inquiry-based education programs for students to help them achieve academically and to inspire in them a sense of stewardship in national parks and their communities. The park programs enhance classroom or static learning by using the cultural and natural resources as teaching tools. Through place-based learning, visitors make real-world connections with science and history as they explore our National Parks!

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental service performed by the Interpretation Intern includes:

  • Provide and deliver interpretation programs (70%)
  • Developing and researching program elements (presentation revision, material development) (20%)
  • Service within and assisting other park divisions and projects (10%)

Resource Education- Educating area children, teachers and parents about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.

Resource Protection- Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education. 

The Interpretation Intern participates closely with National Park rangers to design, deliver and evaluate programs in the park, and in the classroom. Projects include developing new materials, maintaining program statistics, and creating visual aids.  Lessons are guided by North Carolina state and national standards and emphasize science and cultural and history education. Lessons and field trips are provided at no cost to schools or teachers. The NPS Education Specialist also provides coaching throughout the internship, allowing interns the chance for continuous improvement. 

Training Provided: The intern will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of curriculum-based programs, report writing, and other position related skills, as well as safety training and oversight.  ACE and NPS are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's parks and public lands.

Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management, education, park management, or a related discipline. 


  • Must be a US Citizens or Permanent Resident.
  • 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 effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required.
  • Enthusiastic about serving with students in grades K-8.
  • Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Must be able and willing to participate outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Candidate is anticipated to have recurring access to vulnerable populations during this position.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
  • Familiarity with the National Park Service.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

The intern must be willing 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 position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Zoe Moskwa, (801) 707-7832 or

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