American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking ONE Invasive Plant Management Interns to dedicate 26 weeks serving directly with the Grand Canyon vegetation staff exploring the field of vegetation management. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, and who are invested in learning more about site restoration, endangered species management, plant propagation, and nursery management.

This position is being re-flown on May 6th, 2019.  We are looking to fill this position AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so please apply when you can.  Also, feel free to send Tori Klotz, contact information provided at the bottom of this listing, a follow up email after you apply and we will take a look at your application ASAP.


Start Date:  ASAP, 2019

End Date:  26 weeks from start date

* A 26-week commitment is required *


Location:  Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona. Living locations are at high elevation (South Rim 6860 ft.). Summer on the South Rim is pleasant with temperatures reaching 80F and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter can be cold with occasional snow storms. Be prepared for all elements when living at the Grand Canyon - snow, rain, heat, drought, etc. 


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Grand Canyon, please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation:  A $265/week stipend will be provided for food and incidentals. Shared housing is provided at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Pets not allowed). There is up to $650 available for relocation and $200 for equipment, such as durable boots.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour ($2,960) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Project Background: The Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is a multifaceted program designed to protect, restore, and maintain the ecological stability within the Park boundaries. In the past, interns have worked on assisting the park in their effort to control invasive species such as Russian thistle, Himalayan blackberry, goat grass, bull and scotch thistle, to name a few. Removing or controlling this invasive species threat is often the first step towards the active restoration efforts that naturally come next. 2009 saw a large planting, watering, mulching, and caging effort, in addition to coordinating, monitoring and data collection that must be done each year. Part of the 2011 restoration effort included a plant salvage project throughout the whole park, and last year saw significant native plant production and site restoration.


Position Description:  The intern will implement invasive plant management actions, with a focus on the park's South Rim developed areas and priority backcountry areas. The intern will carry out field and office work as directed by the Invasive Plant Biologists. The intern will learn how to identify common native and non-native plants of the Colorado Plateau and will learn invasive plant management and data collection techniques.

Additionally, the Intern will also help with vegetation plant management in other locations in the park and help lead volunteer stewardship groups and assist in other aspects of the vegetation program including the restoration, horticulture and nursery programs. The majority of projects will be completed in a high elevation area (South Rim, 6860 ft.) but this position does include camping and working in some more remote areas of the Canyon, such as Indian Gardens and Phantom Ranch, where lower elevation makes for warmer temperatures during the summer months.  


Training: Plant identification, GPS use, backcountry hiking and navigation, and other specific skills as they relate to the positions offered. There will be opportunities for guided hikes; presentations and trainings will be offered to staff and volunteers periodically throughout the season.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental science, botany, ecology, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, forestry, or a related discipline.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS as well as with the public and in large group settings
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, and have a personal vehicle
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
  • Must have an interest in community outreach and involvement
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor duties in all types of inclement weather
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and serve on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park
  • English proficiency required


  • Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to serve alone or in a group
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer

The 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.


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 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 position 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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