American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Columbia, SC, 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 Exotic Plant Management Intern to dedicate 30 weeks in support of the NPS Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team (SEC-EPMT). The purpose of the SEC-EPMT is to provide support to partner parks in the management, control and eradication of invasive, exotic plants and forest pathogens. This is a long, travel-intensive internship that will expand the resume of anyone starting a natural resource career.  Internship will provide many career exploratory and networking opportunities.

These opportunities are intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with a background in any aspect of natural resource management but who are committed to extensive travel and vegetation management opportunities within the southeastern US.


Start Date:    January 7, 2019

End Date:      August 3, 2019

* A 30-week minimum commitment is required *  


Location: The Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team (SEC-EPMT) is primarily based at Congaree National Park outside of Columbia, SC.This park protects the largest contiguous tract of old growth floodplain hardwood forest in the southeast.

For the first portion (~12 weeks) of this internship you will be travelling around the Southeast Region with a NPS crew leader conducting field projects in numerous National Park units.

One month (~4 weeks) of the internship will be based at Fort Pulaski National Monument or Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia.

The latter portion (~14 weeks) of the internship will be based at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area outside Atlanta, GA.

Field locations may include:

North Carolina (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Moores Creek National Battlefield), South Carolina (Congaree National Park, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Fort Sumter National Monument), Georgia (Kennesaw Mountain National Military Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Ocmulgee National Monument, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Fort Frederica National Monument, Cumberland Island National Seashore), and Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Alabama. The team will visit most but likely not all of these parks during your internship.


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


Compensation:  The ACE intern receive a living allowance of $225/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing is provided by the NPS at no cost to the intern throughout the Internship duration.  Hotel accommodations or park housing are provided for travel periods, at no cost to the intern.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2,907.50) upon successful completion of internship hours.  Additional enrollment is required.


Project Background and Objectives:  One of the many ways the NPS is addressing invasive species is through the Exotic Plant Management Program. The program assists parks in preventing introductions of new species, reducing existing infestations, and restoring native plant communities and ecosystem functions. In 2000, the NPS created the Exotic Plant Management Program that now supports 18 teams contributing in over 300 park units. Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT) are led by individuals with specialized knowledge and experience in invasive plant management. Each field-based team operates over a wide geographic area and serves over a dozen parks to increase operational efficiency. The EPMT uses multiple strategies to create a plan specific to the needs of the individual partner park. All treatment, control and restoration methods are reviewed and approved by the partner park and the NPS Integrated Pest Management Program.


Position Description:  After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical, manual and chemical control and site restoration, is a high priority in our National Parks. The SEC-EPMT is tasked with providing assistance in controlling invasive plants for 15 National Park units in four southeastern states. In this intensive field position, ACE Interns will be exposed to a variety of terrains to implement and document invasive plant management control methods including manual, mechanical, and chemical techniques using chainsaws, pole-saws, brush-cutters, hand tools, and manual and gas powered sprayers. Additionally, interns will also be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations. Transport of equipment typically includes an open trailer and experience pulling, hitching and backing a trailer is considered a plus. 


Schedule: A typical schedule while based at Congaree for the first few months of this internship is eight consecutive ten hour days, then return to Congaree for six scheduled days off before traveling to the next park or site for eight, ten hour days.

For one month interns will live and work exclusively in Fort Pulaski National Monument or Ocmulgee National Monument; both in Georgia, focusing on larger scale invasive plant projects with the skills they have learned while on the SEC-EPMT.  During this Georgia-based portion of the internship crewmembers schedule will largely be Monday-Friday, but flexibility for occasional weekend service is appreciated.

For the last three months of this internship you will be serving exclusively in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, GA; focusing on larger scale invasive plant projects with the skills they have learned while on the SEC-EPMT.  During this Atlanta-based portion of the internship crewmembers schedule will largely be Monday-Friday, but flexibility for occasional weekend service is appreciated.


Living environment:  The team will live together so the ability to get along with others is vital. The housing accommodations will vary from rustic park housing to hotels, but while traveling camping will not be required.  The program is interested in mature crewmembers with initiative, leadership ability, patience, and who have a desire to expand their resumes. Interns are not guaranteed their own room - at times you will be expected to share a bedroom with someone of the same sex.


Training: Interns will receive training on invasive plant identification, brush cutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck and trailer driving, hand tool use, and see a variety of beautiful parks located in the Southeast.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in some aspect of natural resource study. This could include subject areas such as botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or related disciplines.



  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 21-35 years of age
  • Must be open to varying and flexible schedules
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor
  • Must be physically fit and have the ability to carry up to 40-lbs up to 5 miles over steep terrain for up to 10 hours/day
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle(personal travel for your 6 days off!)
  • Have strong back, knees, and ankles (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you)
  • Must at times serve in poison ivy infested landscapes (if you have strong reaction to this, beware!)
  • Must live in tight quarters with small group of people (if you need your own space, this internship cannot provide it!)
  • 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 NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  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 the ACE EPIC NPS Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or

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