American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Vancouver, WA, USA
  • $545 per week
  • Other
  • Internship
  • TTAP

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking Two Interns to work directly with the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (FOVA) staff and assist with a variety of maintenance projects on historic structures including wood window restoration, historic wall paper restoration, interior and exterior painting, roofing, and cultural landscape fence repair.

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


Start Date: 6/3/2019

End Date: 10/18/2019

* A minimum 20-week commitment is required *


Location: VancouverWA.

Location Details: Located on the north bank of the Columbia River in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. Four unique sites share history at this park: Fort Vancouver a frontier fur trading post; Pearson Air Museum one of the nation's oldest operative air fields; the Vancouver Barracks the Northwest's first U.S. Army Post; and the McLoughlin House which belonged to Dr. John McLoughlin, the Chief Factor of Fort Vancouver. The park, though located in a busy, thriving metropolitan area, is an urban oasis with historic open space landscapes surrounded by historic and reconstructed buildings. 


Project Website: For more information about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, TTAP, and ACE, please visit the following sites:

Fort Vancouver National Historic Park at Fort Vancouver National Historic Park Facebook at TTAP at     ACE at


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 is NOT available for this internship and is the responsibility of the member.


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: ACE Interns will work closely with NPS maintenance staff in a variety of maintenance projects on historic structures including wood window restoration, historic wall paper restoration, interior and exterior painting, roofing, and cultural landscape fence repair. These are challenging positions, and ACE Interns will need to be prepared for prolonged physical exertion. They are also expected to be able to stand for long periods of time as well as work from ladders, scaffolding, and scissor-lifts.  A basic understanding of hand tools is required to remove and install building windows, modify wood members, paint and perform other accepted general building construction practices. 


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 or historic preservation.


  • 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 basic construction techniques
  • 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.


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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