American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Northern Arizona University and the Great Smoky Mountains, is seeking 3 Research Crew Interns & 1 Research Crew Lead to work directly with the Great Smoky Mountains staff to assist with assessment of the ecological impacts that boundaries have on ecosystems.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in tree identification and who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of botany, ecology, and/or the field of environmental studies. 

Please indicate in your cover letter of you would like to be considered for the crew lead or the crew member.


Start Date: June 3, 2019

End Date: July 29, 2019

* A minimum 6-week commitment is required *


Location: Asheville, NC.  The project will take place at locations along the boundaries between Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, and the wilderness areas in those forests.


Project Website: For more information about Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit: For more information about the National Park Service, please visit:  For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:



  • The Crew Lead will receive a living allowance of $250/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly
  • The Crew Interns will receive as living allowance of $160/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: While working, car camping or housing will be provided for the interns. No housing or camping will be provided during days off. Backcountry camping or backpacking will not be required for this project.


Food:  Food will be provided for crew members while they are working but not on their days off (either in the form of group food purchase reimbursements or a per diem).


Scheduling:  Crew members will work three 9 x 9 hour day hitches over the course of six weeks, traveling to points all over the Smokies.


Position Description: This project is designed to assess the ecological impacts federal jurisdictional boundaries have on ecosystems in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Interns will be expected to conduct vegetation surveys, collect soil samples, identify trees, and assess anthropogenic impacts of areas along federal jurisdictional boundaries using line point intercept and other ecological sampling techniques. Interns will be required to work 9-hour days that consist of hiking, periods of driving, and ecological sampling.


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 as botany, ecology, environmental science, or a related field.


  • The Crew Lead must be 21 years of age or older (requirement for driving crew vehicle)
  • Applicants must be local candidates or have the ability to provide housing for themselves on their days off.
  • Applicants MUST have tree identification experience and have a knowledge of tree species in Great Smoky Mountains NP.
  • Proven leadership and risk management skills
  • Prior experience on field crews, managing field logistics, and leading science-based field work.
  • Applicants for this position should be pursuing a degree in some aspect of natural resources or have demonstrated interest in topics such as botany, ecology, environmental science, or related disciplines.
  • Applicants should be physically fit and have the ability to carry up to 30lbs for 4 miles over steep and rugged terrain.
  • Applicants should have experience camping and be comfortable camping for long periods of time.
  • Applicants must provide their own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack) and work clothes.

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 NPS Recruitment Specialist, Tori Klotz at tklotz@usaconservation.orgor 385.522.3171.

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