American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Camp Verde, AZ, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit youth conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument, located in central Arizona, is seeking ONE Interpretation and Visitor Services Intern for a 20-week internship with the National Park Service in education, interpretation, and visitor services. The intern will serve alongside park staff to provide park visitors with insight behind the amazing natural and pre-historic cultural resources of the two monuments.

This opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing his or her career goals in education, cultural and natural resources, interpretation, and outreach through tenacity and commitment to the National Park Services' rich and unique natural and cultural resources.


Start Date: ASAP Fall 2018

End Date:   20 weeks from the start date

* A 20-week minimum commitment is required *


Location: Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ

Project Website: Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument is located in central Arizona. To learn more about the Monuments, please visit To learn more about the ACE EPIC program, please visit


Compensation: The ACE Intern will receive a living allowance of $175/week, dispersed bi-weekly for food and incidentals. The Intern will receive a one-time $500 travel allowance to relocate to the Monuments. Intern will be eligible for a $500 completion bonus upon successful completion of internship. Housing is provided at no cost to the intern. 

Anticipated Schedule:  80 hours every two weeks. Days off will be determined closer to the anticipated start date depending on staffing needs, but will be consecutive and regular.


Position Description: ACE Interns will directly assist the National Park Service in engaging the public in the history and significance of the monuments to visitors. Interns share information and meanings behind natural and prehistoric cultural resources in central Arizona, as well provide other visitor services such as staffing the visitor center, collecting entrance fees, issuing park passes, and posting interpretive materials and announcements. These internships introduce National Park Service careers to future generations who will become tomorrow's stewards of America's national treasures.

Responsibilities include:

  • NPS fee collection
  • Informal visitor contacts
  • Informal interpretative and education demonstrations
  • Facilitating formal interpretative talks and tours
  • Organizing and carrying out special events in national parks and our community

This position will introduce interns to as many new experiences as possible, including fees, interpretation, special events, and environmental education.

Description of Duties:

The typical internship will involve:

1) Staffing the visitor center desks and collecting fees (50%)

2) Creating and presenting formal interpretive programs independently (20%)

3) Roving park trails to make informal visitor contacts (15%)

4) Updating National Park Service social media sites (5%)

5) Assisting in environmental education programs (5%)

6) Gathering and recording measurements and data (5%)

Opportunities may exist for shadowing with other park divisions, including resource management, in order to learn more about potential careers.


Education and Recreational Opportunities: The intern is encouraged to explore the surrounding public lands to become a better source of area information.


Personal Vehicle: Park units, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, libraries, and other infrastructure are spread out by 1025 miles or more. Interns must have a driver's license and a personal vehicle for personal commuting purposes.


Housing Provided: Housing is provided in a single-occupancy one-bedroom, one-bathroom manufactured home. Both homes are located at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. The living room is furnished with a couch, loveseat, coffee table, end tables, and television. The kitchen has a two-person table, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, coffee pot, toaster, microwave, oven/stove, and refrigerator. The house also has a stackable washer/dryer unit for clothing. The bedroom is equipped with a queen-sized bed, dresser, two bedside tables, lamps, and closet. Past interns have advised packing as one would for college, bringing necessary clothing, towels, bedding, computer, camera, and personal items. No wifi, cell coverage is limited.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in interpretation, biological sciences, environmental studies and science, education, park management, anthropology, archaeology, or a related discipline. The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group.


  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 to 35 (interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group
  • Personal vehicle required for any travel outside of internship duties; groceries, etc
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, and respect for nature is critical
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • Ability and willingness 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 NPS 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 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 posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Division Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171or

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