American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Grants, NM, USA
  • Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE CRDIP DHA Resource Assistant Intern interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at El Malpais National Monument in Grants, NM.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to Interpretation & Visitor Services that the NPS offers and Cultural Resource Assessment.  Applicants must have strong interest in both.


Start: Ideally Late May early June, 2019 (can be flexible for the right candidate)

End: 11 weeks from determined start date, 2019

Duration: *11 weeks minimum commitment required*


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a special professional development internship offering that supports undergraduate and graduate students, from underrepresented populations, who wish to gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources fields of work. Applicants must be 18-35 and either A) in pursuit of a higher education degree or B) still be within two years of graduation from a degree program. 


A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Resource Assistant Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA Resource Assistant positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities. 


DHA Applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to management at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site.


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Project Website:  For more information regarding the El Malpais National Monument you can visit:, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE CRDIP Intern will receive $520/week, paid out every two weeks. 


Housing:  Park housing is not available, but reasonable housing costs in the area will be covered by ACE.  Local candidates are strongly encourage to apply.



Project Background: El Malpais National Monument (NM) is geographically situated among tribal lands including the Zuni, Navajo, Laguna, and Acoma Tribes. The history interpreted at El Malpais, NM is rich with tribal culture and meaning.  For the last four seasons the park has employed a seasonal from the Zuni Tribe. Many interpretive projects and management consideration rely on Tribal consultation and a partnership that will only be strengthened by this internship.


Project Goals: The intern will learn about career opportunities within the NPS, gain professional career experience, training in cultural site surveying, and training in creating interpretive products.  The park goals of this project are:

  • Building relevant connections between El Malpais NM and the local community.
  • Exposing tribal youth to the mission of the National Park Service, emphasizing the division of Interpretation with additional exposure to the division of Cultural Resource Management.
  • Creating career development opportunities for tribal youth.



Position Description:  

There are two areas of emphasis for this internship:

  • First, the primary focus will be the role that Interpretation and Education play in fulfilling the NPS mission. This intern's time with El Malpais will include 2-weeks of intensive training about the NPS, El Malpais NM, and techniques used in Interpretation and Visitor Services. There will be hands-on experience staffing the Visitor Center, greeting and orienting visitors, creating information and interpretive media for the park's website and social media to better connect visitors to the park. Experiences will also include presenting a formal interpretive program to visitors about the park's resources.
  • Second, the intern will work with the Cultural Resource division to assist with surveying, evaluating, and recording of cultural sites within El Malpais NM. This work includes archeological site documentation: writing site or feature descriptions, learning to make field maps, photographing sites, in the field artifact analysis, using GPS, and plotting site locations. The intern will utilize what their Cultural Resource experience to create an interpretive program, temporary exhibit, and a new webpage on the park's website showing the importance and purpose of the surveys.
  • Assisted by professional interpretive rangers, the intern will focus their interpretive products on creating a connection between modern peoples and NPS surveying of cultural sites. When creating these interpretive products, the intern will be using and improving their skills in the areas of: writing and designing for the web, drafting proposals, analytical thinking, problem solving, visitor services, and public speaking.


The intern will be presenting a formal interpretive program that will be delivered to the general public and park staff. The presentation will occur in the theater in the El Malpais NM Visitor Center. During the presentation, the intern will also debut the interpretive temporary exhibit and webpage they have created. The presentation will be placed on the park's internal network drive, so that all interpretation and resource staff may utilize it as reference and as a training tool for future new staff members.


The intern's supervisor will create an action plan, encompassing the entire internship that will specify daily work schedules and cater to the individual needs of a particular intern based on their level of experience. This will include weekly one-on-one 'check-in' meetings between the supervisor and intern to ensure that they are being challenged and are developing higher levels of understanding of how the NPS mission is achieved at El, Malpais NM.  The supervisor, park staff, and the chief of resource management will create an environment that encourages flexibility, individual problem-solving skills, personal growth, and professional collaboration. Questioning will be encouraged as will allowing for independent project development and introducing the intern to a variety of the real life interpretive, education, and resource management challenges at El Malpais NM.


The intern will be required to spend approximately a third of this internship outdoors. When outdoors, they will commonly be walking long distances in warm weather, over rough and uneven terrain requiring appropriate footwear, ample water, and sunscreen.


Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a high maturity level, work ethic, and an eagerness to learn. They must be dedicated to improving their professional skills, learning about the National Park Service and how to create relevant connections between the park and local communities, and understanding why it's important. Applicants should be very comfortable talking with the public and/or be willing to improve their speaking skills, learning new skills, and following directions.  Applicants must be reliable and able to dedicate 40 hours a week to their internship.  The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and experience through their resume and application and be in pursuit of obtainingorwithin two years of having obtaineda Bachelor/Master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, cultural resource management, archaeology, public history, or other relevant field.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 35 years of age and are in pursuit of a higher education degree or within two years of graduation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to self-direct alone and effectively participate in a group or small team environments.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation.
  • English proficiency is necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

The CRDIP 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. 


EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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 Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or

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