American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Paicines, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Pinnacles National Park, is seeking ONE California Condor Monitoring Intern to dedicate 26 weeks in support ofPinnacles National Park staff.  The intern will be expected to perform a variety of tracking and monitoring measurements and have the ability to speak with the public about a high-profile endangered species.

This excellent opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic individual with a background in wildlife, radio-telemetry, public speaking and basic maintenance and construction tasks and who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of 4x4 driving on primitive roads and hunting or ranching operations.


Start Date: Early January 2019

End Date: July 2019, or 26 weeks from start date

* A minimum 26-week commitment is required *


Application submission due date: Monday, November 26th, 2018


Location: Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, CA

Pinnacles National park is an emerging landscape portraying a history of erupting volcanoes that flowed to form what we now know as the park. People travel from all over to experience talus caves and rock spires that give life to falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Hike through these canyon bottoms and oak woodlands to immerse yourself in an ecosystem carved some 23 million years ago. 


Project Partner Website: For more information about Pinnacles National Park please visit the NPS website  For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation: The ACE Intern receives a living allowance of $360/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.  The intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week, including at least one weekend day with some evening work required.  Housing is the responsibility of the intern and not provided by ACE or Pinnacles National Park. 

*Housing is not available. Applicants within commuting distance to Pinnacles National Park are strongly encouraged to apply.*


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2,960.00) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: The intern will be responsible for tracking, monitoring, and recording condor movements, behaviors, and interactions. 

Additional Duties may include:

  • speaking with the public and local community members about a high-profile endangered species which is reliant on public and private lands and hunting and ranching operations for its recovery;
  • monitoring breeding behavior and nests;
  • handling animal carcasses used for bait stations;
  • maintenance of equipment and facilities;
  • Cross training by working with other divisions in the park, potentially including Search and Rescue trainings (dependent on park and time of year).  
  • The park will provide training on park resource information, operating procedures, and safety protocols.

Additionalopportunities may exist to work with partners, other federal agencies, and other natural resource management projects as needed, within the scope of NPS training provided.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/orhave relevant experience in subject areas such as a BS in wildlife biology, general biology, environmental science, natural resource management, parks and recreation, ecology orother related disciplines appropriate to the position or equivalent job experience in the realm of wildlife biology.


  • great attention to detail and safe work practices;
  • the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;
  • an interest in talking with the public;
  • the ability to hike up to 10 miles on steep and rugged terrain carrying 40+ pounds of equipment;
  • a tolerance for summer temperatures that exceed 100 degrees;
  • a sense of humor and patience;
  • S. Citizen or 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.);
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request);
  • Ability to work alone and in a group;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.



  • Educational or work experience with endangered species or wildlife, radio-telemetry, public speaking, basic maintenance and construction tasks, 4x4 driving on primitive roads, and hunting or ranching operations.
  • We are seeking individuals with enthusiasm, self-initiative, dependability and an open mind for all perspectives are highly desired.


ACE 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 your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Team Lead, Tori Klotz at (375) 522-3171 or


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