American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Ventura, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • TTAP

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking 3 Interns to work directly with the Cultural Resources staff and assist with Historic Preservation Projects.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in construction trades who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation trades.


Start Date: 6/3/2019

End Date: 10/18/2019

* A minimum 20-week commitment is required *


Location: The positions are based in Ventura, California and work projects will be located in Channel Islands National Park (offshore from Ventura), Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (Thousand Oaks, California, vicinity) and Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, California).


Project Website: For more information about TTAP, please visit ( For more information about site name, 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 ~$545/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at a cost of approximately $10 - $15 per night for the duration of the internship.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2255.24) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.



Position Description:  Traditional Trades Apprentices assist park maintenance or preservation staff with building maintenance projects to preserve historic sites in the national park. These projects include general building maintenance; building stabilization; providing utility services; equipment maintenance. Projects will require the use of minor skills in carpentry, painting, plumbing, mechanical engineering, landscape and orchard maintenance.



Schedule:  Transportation between the islands and the mainland will take 1-3 hours each way, depending on which island is the destination. Traditional Trades Apprentices may be required to stay on the island for up to one tour of duty (Tuesday to Tuesday, or similar schedule).  Project work at Cabrillo National Monument will require travel to San Diego, CA.


Project Conditions: Projects at Channel Islands National Park will be performed in a remote island setting. The Traditional Trades Apprentices will be required to travel within the park. Travel to the islands will be via park or concessionaire boat or by plane. Traditional Trades Apprentices may be subjected to inclement weather, rough seas, high winds and if susceptible, motion sickness.


Island temperatures range from approximately 40-85 degrees. Work projects can be in uneven terrain and on steep slopes. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn particular to work project. Personal protective equipment will be provided by the park.


The Traditional Trades Apprentices will be using a variety of hand tools and power tools. They may be doing hard physical labor and should be able to lift at least 20-30 pounds.


Each Traditional Trades Apprentice should determine their personal skills and abilities pertaining to their assigned tasks. Every worker has the responsibility to themselves and their co-workers to work within safe limits.


Traditional Trades Apprentices will stay in assigned park housing when accomplishing work on Channel Islands.



Training: Traditional Trades Apprentices will receive training for specific job duties as needed by the supervisor, or from other park staff assigned by the supervisor. When working on Historic Preservation projects, Traditional Trades Apprentices will be provided training particular to the specific job duties assigned. Safety issues and concerns will be addressed to inform and train the Traditional Trades Apprentices regarding important skills necessary to the nature of the job. You will receive an orientation and safety briefing about the park, the project, and the boat, plane, or helicopter.  Participants must realize their own abilities and accept full responsibility for working safely.


Formal 2-week Training at Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park: June 17 to 28
NPS and industry professionals will teach apprentices safety techniques, preservation philosophy, and technical trades skills.  During this instruction, TTAP apprentices complete core curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), an industry leading certification program for maintenance and craft professionals. This training will be based at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Apprentices living outside commuting distance will be provided housing, travel, and per diem expenses coverage by ACE throughout the training period. For the remainder of the program, apprentices hone their skills alongside NPS craftspeople at their host parks.


Equipment: All project equipment and tools will be provided. Traditional Trades Apprentices will be responsible for wearing appropriate attire including sturdy work boots. Traditional Trades Apprentices will bring their own food and water. All personal protective equipment will be provided. 


Safety: Traditional Trades Apprentices preserve and protect the special resources of the national park units, and the park is concerned about your safety. Safety is a part of each work day; no job is so urgent that it cannot be done safely. You will receive a thorough orientation and will be trained on how to safely perform assigned work, including the operation and use of any equipment. It is your responsibility to meet with your supervisor to become fully briefed on the following concerns:


Boating: All Traditional Trades Apprentices traveling on NPS boats must complete a boating self-assessment annually, watch the online boating safety videos and thoroughly read the Boat Transportation Guide. Each transportation morning, TTAP Apprentices must arrive at least 45 minutes early to check in and attend the Captain's safety briefing. Captains have the right to prevent any individual or group from boarding or leaving the vessel. Failure to follow a direct order from the Captain or designated crew will result in suspension for the individual or group from traveling on park boats.


Specific Project Background and Objectives: 

  • Anacapa Water Catchment Basin Repair: This project involves concrete repair and joint sealing at a historic water catchment basin that originally provided fresh water to the historic Light Station development on Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
  • Stone Masonry Wall Repair at Peter Strauss Ranch: This project involves stabilizing, reconstructing, and repairing mortared stone walls at a residential historic development at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
  • Painting Historic Buildings: Depending on need, work may include painting historic wood buildings at Santa Monica Mountains and/or concrete buildings on Anacapa Island.
  • Light Station Stabilization: We may stabilize and repair a small light station on Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
  • Repair Timber Posts at Cabrillo Visitor Center: This project involves removing/replacing damaged sections of large timber posts that support the main Visitor Center building at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California.
  • General Preservation Maintenance: This work may include roofing, siding repair, fence repair, etc. on historic resources at the three National Park units.



Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a high school diploma and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as construction trades, use of hand and power tools.



  • Desire and ability to complete all program training requirements in order to receive NCCER and OSHA certifications; this includes rigorous assessments both in classroom online coursework.
  • Must have previous experience or training in the construction trades.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-30 years of age 
    • (Interns must be 21+ to secure ACE position that requires operation of NPS 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



  • Knowledge of one or more trade practices, such as masonry, carpentry, roofing, and/or painting
  • Familiarity with construction and craftsmanship
  • Basic familiarity with common factors in deterioration of buildings and structures
  • Ability and willingness oral and written instructions
  • Ability to use and care for common hand tools and portable or stationary power tools associated with the trade (e.g., hammers, saws, drills, planers, etc.)
  • Deep interest in preserving history
  • A career interest in building trade skills and/or historic preservation 
  • Is comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions and at heights 
  • Have a willingness to work hard and get dirty 
  • Have a serious attitude toward safety all day, every day 
  • Have the ability to think critically and creatively 
  • Have positive attitude 
  • Have ability to communicate effectively 
  • Have a professional and respectful manner and works well within a team

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.


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 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 Recruitment specialist, Dave Hecker at 801.386.1629 or


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