American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Baker, NV, USA
  • Fellowship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking ONE Winter Interpretation and Visitor Services Fellow to dedicate 23 weeks to interpretation, education, and outreach efforts at Great Basin National Park. 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 conservation, resource management, and education.


Start Date:  November 4, 2018 (can be somewhat flexible for right candidate)

End Date:  23 weeks from start date

*A 23-week commitment is required*


Location:  Great Basin National Park, Baker, Nevada

Great Basin National Park is an isolated park located in east-central Nevada just off of U.S. Highway 6 & 50 near the Utah border.  It includes the former Lehman Caves National Monument.  Park elevation ranges from 6825' to 13,063'.  Summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees at the lower elevations and mid-80's in the higher elevations.  Winter temperatures may reach -10 degrees in the higher elevations to mild conditions of 30-40's in the valleys. Though the park is located in the middle of the Great Basin Desert, it is a mountain park with beautiful streams, lakes, and ancient bristlecone pine groves.  Summer and winter recreational activities are abundant.  Baker, a small town of a population of less than 100, is located five miles from the main park entrance and has four cafes/bars, two gas stations, a small convenience store, a community church, three motels and RV park, volunteer fire department and EMS.  Ely, Nevada, is located 61 miles to the west and offers a wider array of amenities, such as medical and dental facilities, grocery store, churches, banks, and an airport.  The park is located approximately four hours driving time to Salt Lake City, Utah and five hours from Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Great Basin National Park is diverse in both landforms and living things. Ranging in elevation from 5,000 - 13,000 feet, there are deserts, playas, mountains, rock formations, fossils, springs, caves, creeks, and even a lone glacier. In Great Basin National Park and the neighboring valleys alone, there are 11 species of conifer trees, 73 species of mammals, 18 species of reptiles, 238 species of birds, 8 species of fish, and over 800 species of plants. The Park is home to prickly pear cactus, sagebrush, aspen, alpine wildflowers and ancient bristlecone pines providing shelter and food for mountains lions, Clark's nutcrackers, snakes, and name a few.


Project Website:  For more information regarding Great Basin National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit:  For more information on the ACE internship program, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE Intern will serve 80 hours per two weeks (may follow a 5-4-9 schedule to have three day weekends every other week) and receive a living allowance of $600/week.  Pay-day is every two weeks.


Housing/Travel: Shared onsite housing will be provided by the National Park Service at no cost to the Fellow.  A not-to-exceed $305 travel reimbursement will also be provided to support travel/relocation costs.


Position Description:   

The Winter Interpretation Intern will directly assist the Park with implementing and delivering interpretation and education programs to the public and park visitors.

Specific projects will include but are not limited to:

  • Provide and lead interpretive and education programs both to the public and youth, including but to limited to cave tours and school programs.
  • Provide visitor services at the front desk of the Lehman Caves Visitor Center (answers questions, provide park information, operate A/V equipment, and open/close the visitor center).
  • Collect park fees; sell cave tour tickets, Federal Public Land Passes, and bookstore items.
  • Facilitate Ranger Corp Youth Program, including interviewing, hiring and training Ranger Corp Crew.
  • Update park website and website publications for accuracy and accessibility
  • Assist with Social Media publications 
  • Spend one day in the field with other park divisions, including, resource management, maintenance, administration and law enforcement when there are project needs and it is safe to do so. 

Field projects for this internship requires willingness to serve in all types of weather conditions, hiking up to 3 miles a day (often between 9,000 and 11,000' above sea-level) and being in a cave setting. ACE and the NPS staff at Great Basin 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 a National Park.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or be pursuing a degree) and/or experience in environmental education, interpretation, cave sciences, biological sciences, natural resource management, education, park management, or a related discipline. 


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age (if position requires operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties must be 21-35)
  • valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • A personal vehicle is required for the duration of the internship for personal transportation
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group
  • Must be a mature and responsible individual
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, caving and respect for nature is critical
  • Experience teaching or supporting youth in a professional setting
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor
  • Proficient in English
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required


  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

The ACE Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and NPS reserve 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 the ACE EPIC NPS National Division Director, Peter Woodruff - 801.989.7069 or

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