American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Valentine, NE, 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 After School Nature Club Co-Coordinator and River Intern to dedicate 12 weeks in support of Niobrara National Scenic River. The main duties include assisting with an after-school nature club for middle school students, giving programs, preparing equipment/sites for programs, and active student management. 

This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their skills in interpretation and youth education.


Start Date: August 19, 2018

End Date: November 9, 2018

* A 12-week commitment is required *  


Location: Niobrara National Scenic River, Valentine, NE


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Niobrara National Scenic River, please visit the NPS website at:  For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

To see some beautiful pictures of Niobrara, click here!

Compensation:  The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $200/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing will be provided to the intern at no extra cost.


Housing will be in a bunkhouse-style facility on the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, with shared rooms. Other temporary residents will include USFWS professionals and those the FWS invites. Free laundry facilities and a nice, large kitchen are included on-site.


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


Position Description:

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting an after-school nature club for middle school students. This will involve assisting with coordination, assisting with giving programs, preparing equipment/sites for programs, and student management
  • Presenting Junior ranger programs
  • Assisting with ranger-guided canoe programs
  • Possibly giving or assisting with educational programs/field trips
  • Giving informal programs to visitors
  • Answering questions and providing information at the visitor center desk


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 ecology, interpretation, education, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18 to 35 years old (interns must be 21 years of age or older to apply for any ACE position that requires operation of agency or ACE vehicles)
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
  • Must be able to complete tasks well independently and on a team
  • Be in excellent physical shape, serve outdoors, day and night, and in adverse weather
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required


  • Experience with interpretation and education
  • Experience canoeing/kayaking (training will be provided)
  • Be able to answer repetitive questions in a friendly manner 

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization 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 three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:

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  

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