American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Twentynine Palms, CA, 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 Signs/Graffiti Intern to dedicate 52 weeks in support of Joshua Tree National Park. The main purpose of this position is to have designed, fabricated and installed approximately 230 new trail signs to provide better visitor orientation and access to park trails in Joshua Tree. The intern will be trained in a variety of maintenance tasks as well as ArcGIS and other software required for sign design and fabrication.

Start Date:  TBD

End Date:  52 weeks from the start date

* A 52-week commitment is required *  

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding Joshua Tree National Park, please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  The ACE interns will serve 40 hours/week on average and will receive a living allowance of $570/week, paid bi-weekly. Housing is not provided, local applicants are encouraged to apply.

Project Background:Joshua Tree is located within a 3-hour drive of Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and Las Vegas, which combined have an estimated population of more than 8 million people. The park is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of visitors, and park managers are concerned that visitors continue to be vexed by the complex system of interconnected trails.  Trails in the park often take advantage of sandy, dry river beds to provide logical travel corridors, but many park visitors are not accustomed to navigating in a desert environment and often become disoriented. Most instances of lost parties resolve themselves, but park Law Enforcement and the Search and Rescue team do occasionally get called in to assist visitors.  The park would like to address this recurring issue by dramatically improving directional signage in a 50-mile complex of trails where the most reports of lost visitors have been occurring. 

Unfortunately, a very small percentage of visors choose to spray paint graffiti on the park's large granite boulders as well as Joshua Trees, often in very visible areas of the park like campgrounds and picnic areas. Because these acts of vandalism severely detract from visitor's experience, and due to the lengthy process required for effective removal, the park would like to have additional assistance in removing the spray paint as quickly as possible. 

Position Description:  Personnel from NPS will train the ACE Intern in standards and procedures for multiple maintenance tasks.  This project will include training and experience with Corel Draw, ArcGIS and other software required for sign design and fabrication.  At the end of this project, the park will have designed, fabricated and installed approximately 230 new trail signs to provide better visitor orientation and access to park trails.  In addition, multiple instances of graffiti in the Indian Cove and Jumbo Rocks area of the park will be removed throughout the period of performance.

  Applicants for the position should hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have related experience in subject areas such as maintenance, resource management, engineering, GIS, physical/environmental sciences, design, or relevant disciplines.    


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age (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, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
  • Must have a deep interest in natural resource management and a respect for nature
  • Must be willing and able to serve outdoors in all weather, rugged conditions, for multiple hours a day
  • Must be physically fit and able to carry/lift heavy objects/equipment
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required

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 Division Director at 801.989.7069 or

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