American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Brecksville, OH, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is seeking ONE Exotic Plant Management Intern to dedicate 26 weeks in support of the National Park Service, restoring habitat and managing native and non-native plants.

This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, beginning professional with a background in ecology, botany, biology, wildlife, fisheries, entomology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possesses a deep interest in advancing career goals through hard work and commitment to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's professional staff and diverse resources.


Start Date: Late May, 2018 (likely 5/29)

End Date: 26 weeks from the start date

* A 26-week commitment is required *


Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio


Cuyahoga Valley NP protects 33,000 acres surrounding the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron in northeast Ohio. The park's mission is to preserve and protect the historic, scenic, natural, and recreational values of the Cuyahoga River Valley for public use and enjoyment and to maintain open space in an urbanized environment. The park is dominated by deciduous forest but also supports meadows, wetlands, and farming. More than 53% of the park is considered functional riparian area. Summers are moderately warm with average temperatures in the 70's and 80's but with occasional warm spells in the 90's. Winters are moderately cold with average temperatures in the 20's and 30's; heavy snowfall is not unusual.


Project Website: For more information regarding the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or area, please visit the park's website at For more information regarding the ACE, please visit:


Compensation: The ACE intern will serve for 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $160/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

Dormitory housing is provided by NPS. Pets and family members are not permitted to live in Park housing.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education award ($2,907.50) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required. 


Project Background and Objectives: Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a member of the Heartland Inventory &Monitoring Network, fifteen parks in the Midwest sharing resources and professional expertise to inventory and monitor natural resources. Inventory and monitoring builds a strong scientific foundation for the management and protection of natural resources in National Parks. 

The Inventory provides a snapshot of the natural resources in a park. Monitoring tracks the health of the natural resources across time. Effective monitoring programs alert park managers about changes - both positive and negative - in a timely way so they can make informed decisions to protect the resources.


Position Description: The Exotic Plant Management Intern will participate as a member of the park's exotic-plant-management and reforestation crew, alongside park staff and volunteers. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical and chemical control, is a high priority. The intern also will assist with all phases of habitat restoration, including collecting native seeds and cuttings; propagating native plants at the park's nursery; preparing sites for planting; and planting native plants at restoration sites. Many projects, including exotic-plant control and reforestation, will be completed in coordination with large groups of volunteers. Other projects occasionally may require independent, solitary service.

The intern will travel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Material Center in upstate New York to clean seeds collected throughout the year. Depending on personal interest, the intern also will have opportunities to assist on other park projects, such as coyote surveys, deer surveys, butterfly surveys, vegetation monitoring, and wetland monitoring.


Training Provided: The park will provide training to interns in:

(1) plant identification;

(2) understanding methods and managing exotic plants with potential to become a state-certified applicator, if interested;

(3) using GIS and GPS technology;

(4) propagating native plants;

(5) safely using chainsaws and other tools to manage exotic plants and restore habitat;


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in some aspect of natural resource study. This could include subject areas such as botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or related disciplines.



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Interns must be 18 to 35 years old (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 ability to provide documentation; personal vehicles are required for personal time off
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Must be able to serve alone and in a group
  • Must be comfortable and willing to use herbicide as part of the position responsibilities 
  • Must have a deep interest in field projects and a respect for nature
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check


  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources
  • Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants
  • Experience using GPS and GIS software
  • 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, including recreational smokers of marijuana, 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 contact information for 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 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

American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Apply Now

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

    If you do not agree, you will not be able to receive text messages from this employer.
  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share this Page