American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Republic, MO, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Inventory and Monitoring Intern to dedicate 52 weeks in support of the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network (HTLN). The Intern will be responsible for serving on a variety of ongoing ecological inventory and monitoring projects conducted in the park units of the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network. 

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 biological science and natural resource management.


Start Date: November 14, 2018

End Date:  November 2019

* A 52-week commitment is required *  


Location: This position is based out of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (WICR) in Republic, MO. Field projects will be conducted in 15 NPS units in eight Midwestern states.  


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the HTLN, please visit the NPS website at For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE interns is anticipated to serve an average of 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $300/week for food and incidental expenses. The intern will also receive a housing allowance of $100/week; total allowance is $400/week, paid bi-weekly.

This position will include frequent overnight travel (approximately two weeks per month, depending on the season) to different park units. While traveling, accommodations will include motels and park housing; travel expenses are covered by ACE/NPS.


AmeriCorps: This internship position may be eligible for two 900-hour AmeriCorps Education awards ($2,907.50) or a 1700-hour education award ($5,815.00) upon successful completion of internship.  Additional enrollment is required.


Project Background: The Heartland Network Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program is composed of 15 NPS units in eight Midwestern states. These parks contain a wide variety of natural and cultural resources. Tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, hot springs and scenic riverways provide the backdrop for sites focused on commemorating Civil War battlefields, Native American heritage, Westward Expansion, and our U.S. Presidents.   The nation-wide NPS I&M Program was created to acquire the information and expertise needed by park managers to protect park resources and maintain ecosystem integrity in the face of multiple threats. The I&M program enhances the protection, restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems by bridging the gap between science and management through long-term monitoring efforts. The primary goals of the I&M program are to inventory NPS natural resources to determine their nature and status; monitor park ecosystems to better understand their dynamic nature and condition and provide reference points in comparison to other environments; and to establish baseline inventory and monitoring practices throughout Nation Park systems.


Position Description: The Heartland Network requires assistance with the implementation of several long-term monitoring protocols including vegetation, invasive species, breeding birds, fish, and populations of rare plants. Interns will also assist with monitoring the effects of prescribed fire. The ACE interns will assist HTLN scientists in accomplishing a variety of field-oriented ecological inventory and monitoring projects. These projects include:

  • Annual monitoring of rare plant populations at Wilson's Creek NB and Pipestone NM
  • Vegetation community monitoring and invasive plant monitoring at Lincoln Boyhood NM, Hopewell Culture NHS, and Arkansas Post NM
  • Deer spotlight surveys at Wilson's Creek NB, Pea Ridge NMP, and Arkansas Post NM.
  • Assessing bird habitat as part of breeding bird monitoring at Lincoln Boyhood NM, Hopewell Culture NHS, and Arkansas Post NM

Interns will also assist with monitoring related office work, including:

  • Entering monitoring data and species occurrence information into databases and spreadsheets, using Microsoft Access and Excel,
  • Collect and process plant specimens for an in-house herbarium
  • Conducting background research to support data analysis and reporting
  • Data summary and report writing

Additional duties may include:

  • Assist with invasive plant management using mechanical and chemical applications


Training Opportunities: The NPS staff at HTLN is dedicated to providing interns with diverse field experiences, while also providing guidance to develop professionalism and a solid understanding of the complexities of managing the resources of National Parks.


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 education/interpretation, ecology, botany, biology, history, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 21-35 years of age (interns must be 21+ to apply for any ACE position that requires operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
  • Must have a deep interest in ecology and a respect for nature
  • Must be willing and able to perform field projects in physically challenging conditions in remote and steep terrain in all types of inclement weather, carrying heavy packs, and serving for long hours in the field
  • Knowledge or experience in vegetation and wildlife monitoring
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of various monitoring protocols and collecting field data
  • Must be willing and able to travel to different park units
  • Must be able and comfortable with navigating off trail by maps and GPS units in prairie and aquatic riparian environments
  • Must be a strong leader and an equally strong team player
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required



  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources;
  • Ability to identify plants on sight or by using a dichotomous key
  • Experience in invasive plant management
  • Familiarity of GPS and GIS software
  • Experience in hiking and navigation in remote and rough terrain
  • Ability to serve independently in remote areas
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a Natural Resources professional

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users need 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 position can close at any time.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Nationa Division Director, Peter Woodruff at 801.989.70690 or

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