American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Martinez, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • YCCP

Cultural Resource & Landscape Internship - AmeriCorps

John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez CA


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one intern to serve as a part-time Cultural Resource & Landscape Intern to dedicate 18 weeks to assist with installation and care of new garden plantings surrounding the John Muir home. The Intern will be based at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, where most of the work will be conducted.


A part-time (24 hours/week) commitment of 18-weeks is required. 


Location: This position will be primarily based out of the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA (Some projects may occur at the nearby Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site in Danville, CA).


Start Date: Early June 2018.


Project Website: For more information about the John Muir National Historic Site please visit the NPS website: For more information on the ACE, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE Intern will receive a $288 weekly living stipend, contributing 24 hours per week, contributing a total of 432 internship hours. Please note that the intern will be responsible for securing their own housing accommodations for the duration of the internship. 

AmeriCorps: Additionally, this position may be eligible for a 300 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,230.69) upon successful completion of the internship and service hours.  Additional AmeriCorps enrollment will be required after hire.  


Project Background: The John Muir National Historic Site, located in the East San Francisco Bay Area, preserves the home of John Muir one of America's most famous naturalists and conservationist as well as over 325 acres of native oak woodlands, grasslands and other natural lands once owned and maintained by the Muir family, including Mount Wanda.


Position Description:  

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work conducted by the ACE Cultural Resource & Landscape Intern will include planting, pruning, watering, mulching, and fertilizing a new garden installation located adjacent to the Muir home. This new garden plan will entail the selection, design and planting of plants based on the historic plantings that once surrounded the Muir home. The specific garden treatment goal is that of "rehabilitation" as described by the Secretary of Interior Standards: (


Specific duties will include:


  • Digging and moving soil, compost and mulch
  • Preparing soil for planting
  • Proper planting of new container plants (1-5 gallon size)
  • Irrigation installation, maintenance and/or repair
  • Garden design, plant selection and layout
  • Watering, fertilizing and care of newly installed plants
  • Other horticultural practices (pruning fruit trees, weeding, etc.)



The ideal candidate will have an interest in, knowledge of and experience with: gardening and horticultural best practice; irrigation installation, maintenance and troubleshooting; historical landscapes and cultural landscape treatment; ability to work outside, independently and with others.


Position Requirements:

 Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only

  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • Ability to work independently and in a team to carry out tasks to completion
  • Interest in gardening, horticulture, history and landscape design
  • Able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions
  • Capable of participating in physical labor on a regular basis
  • Intern must commit to a schedule of no less than 24 hours per week
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE and AmeriCorps
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
  • Must be willing to wear ACE work shirt/gear while on projects
  • Ability to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • LOCAL candidates are encouraged to apply!


Desired Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of horticulture, pruning, plant health care, and landscape design
  • Basic knowledge of cultural landscape treatment and the Secretary of the Interior Standards
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the National Park Service (NPS) and its mission


TO APPLY: By April 21, 2018, please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the APPLY NOW link. Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE Director of Youth Programming at

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