American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Atlanta, GA, 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 Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) to dedicate 52 weeks in support of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The AVC would be one of the primary point-of-contacts for people interested in volunteering and would be the conduit to connect volunteers to all divisions within the park.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management.


Start Date:  May 13, 2019

End Date:  May 10. 2020

Start and end date may be flexible for the right candidate.

* A 52-week commitment is required *  


Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, GA.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is "an ancient river in a modern city," and offers many opportunities to get outdoors, including hiking, rafting, and fishing. Atlanta is Georgia's largest city and capital, and can boast itself as a thriving business and entertainment center with an eclectic mix of residents back dropped by a city with southern roots.


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


Compensation:  The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $250/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Dormitory-style housing may be available at the park at no cost to the intern, or there may be some additional financial support for reasonable accommodations.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2960.00) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Position Description: The AVC would serve as one of the primary point-of-contacts for people interested in volunteering and would be the conduit to connect volunteers to all divisions within the park.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring all new volunteers in the park.
  • Assist and eventually lead groups of volunteers in river cleanups as well as land based trash removal and trail maintenance.
  • Send out emails to keep the volunteers updated on upcoming events.
  • Responsible for the volunteer data base that tracks events and individual hours.


Training: The AVC will be trained in a wide array of areas. Interns could potentially receive training on trail crew leadership, canoe and kayak, mountain biking, chainsaw (limbing and bucking), CPR/First aid and defensive driving.


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, or related disciplines.



  • Must be a US Citizen and 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)
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
  • 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
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required


  • Trail building/maintenance skills
  • Canoe and kayak skills
  • Invasive plant removal/identification skills


The interns must be willing to represent ACE and 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 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 ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz at

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