American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Jackson, WY, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, is seeking ONE Fire Effects Intern to work with Visitor Resource Protection on the fire effects crew. During this twelve-week internship, the intern will study the impacts of wildfires on the ecosystem of Grand Teton.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in obtaining their red card and becoming wildland fire fighters. Wildfire effects also monitors the regrowth of vegetation throughout the park.


Start Date: May 13, 2019

End Date: August 2, 2019

* A minimum 12-week commitment is required *


Location: Grand Teton National Park. The town of Jackson offers a variety of amenities and services in close proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Jackson is only four miles from the southern boundary of Grand Teton, 12 miles from Moose, 20 miles from Jenny Lake, and 41 miles from Colter Bay. The year-round population of Jackson is about 10,000 people. However, millions of visitors come through every year, which means that Jackson offers many amenities that you don't normally see in a town of that size. The Grand Tetons are a magnificent mountain range in this northwestern region of Wyoming, with the small town of Jackson Hole in its foothills. The Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet, 7,000 feet about the valley floor.  Numerous peoples have roamed these lands, showing first signs from various Native American tribes around 11,000 years ago, from the ranchers and trappers of the 1800's, to the homesteaders and modern-day conservationists that support the park.  Grand Teton National Park is rich in history of human cultures, as well as natural wealth as a result of being a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 

Project Website:  For more information about Grand Teton National Park please visit (

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation: ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: Housing and travel to and from park location will be provided.  ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the internship. Housing is within walking or biking distance from work site. Accommodations range from dorm style to shared apartment.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1566.14) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Scheduling: 4 ten-hour days (Monday through Thursday) and 3 days off (Friday through Sunday). Work day starts at 7 am.


Position Description: The Fire Effects crew is responsible for fuels and vegetation plots to measure the success of prescribed burns and forest thinning for fuels reduction. The crew works mostly outdoors, and navigates to plots in a variety of forest and shrub vegetation types in Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Western Wyoming. They hike to the plot locations using GPS, maps and compasses.  They identify plants, measure trees, and enter data in the field using specialized paper forms or a PDA.  In the office, they organize the data on a computer and assure quality control. Other duties include wildland fire training, equipment organization, and physical fitness activities.  Field work may take place in remote backcountry areas, on steep terrain, and in all types of weather.  The Fire Effects Crewmembers must be able to hike several miles each day carrying moderate loads in the mountains.  They may also be exposed to stinging insects and other hazards found in the field. The Incumbents will be encouraged to secure and maintain a red-card firefighter certification (This training will be provided). The position is duty-stationed at Moose, Wyoming.

Grand Teton provides a spectrum of experience intended to grow the interns through field experience and training, assistance integrating into park life, and building strong connections among the Academy cohort and personnel for future support as they pursue NPS careers. Each of the interns will be assigned a mentor in their park district who will meet with them regularly to provide insight, help adjust to park life, edit their resume and assist the intern in creating an individual career development plan. A number of Grand Teton National Park staff members have previously served as mentors, and the Outreach Program Manager incorporates time during the pre-season workshop so that previous mentors can share best practices with new mentors. Supervisors will meet with interns to establish duties, performance expectations, and operations.

Supervisors will assure that interns are trained whether formally or on the job sufficiently to perform up to expectations and assign clear tasks and goals. As needed, supervisors will coach, evaluate and counsel interns. The Academy supervisors all agree that the program is developmental and will allow interns to shadow jobs, meet with mentors and participate in trainings during the interns' scheduled work week. The Outreach Program Manager will conduct a workshop for NPS Academy supervisors/mentors on cultural awareness and coaching interns who are new to the NPS and/or the outdoors. To facilitate practicing their ambassador roles, interns are invited to shadow or present to our high school programs including Pura Vida, Tribal Youth Crews and the Youth Conservation Program.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such asGPS/GIS, earth sciences, forestry, resource management, ecological restoration


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be able to attend spring break orientation in March
  • Must be 18-35 years of age 
    • (Interns must be 21-35 to secure ACE position that requires 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
  • Be able and willing to work outside all day
  • Be able walk long distances wearing heavy packs



Some experience or willingness to learn about backpacking, camping, GPS, hand tools, power tools, and vegetation. Intern will attend new employee orientation, federal job search and resume workshop and will also be placed with a mentor in Grand Teton National Park.


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 NPS Division Recruitment Specialist, Tori Klotz at 385.522.3171 or


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