American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Republic, MO, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network (HTLN) is seeking one Inventory and Monitoring Intern interested in dedicating 52-weeks in support of the National Park Service.  The Natural Resource Management Intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of ongoing ecological inventory and monitoring projects conducted in the park units of the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network. This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our National Parks.


Start Date: November 2019

End Date:  52 weeks from start date

 *A 52-week commitment is required*


Location:  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (WICR) in Republic, MO. Opportunity to serve at 15 NPS units in eight Midwestern states.


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the HTLN, or the National Park Service, please visit the following sites:

NPS I&M Program:



To learn more about the ACE Internship Program, please visit our website at:


Compensation:  The ACE member is expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week, paid bi-weekly, to be used for food, lodging, and other incidental expenses.

This position will also include frequent overnight travel (approximately two weeks per month) to different park units. While traveling, accommodations will include motels and park housing; all travel expenses are covered by NPS.


AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award (~$6,000) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.  


Program Background:  The Heartland Network Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program is composed of 15 NPS units in eight Midwestern states. These parks contain a wide variety of natural and cultural resources. Tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, hot springs and scenic riverways provide the backdrop for sites focused on commemorating Civil War battlefields, Native American heritage, Westward Expansion, and our U.S. Presidents. The nation-wide NPS I&M Program was created to acquire the information and expertise needed by park managers to protect park resources and maintain ecosystem integrity in the face of multiple threats. The I&M program enhances the protection, restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems by bridging the gap between science and management through long-term monitoring efforts. The primary goals of the I&M program are to inventory NPS natural resources to determine their nature and status; monitor park ecosystems to better understand their dynamic nature and condition and provide reference points in comparison to other environments; and to establish baseline inventory and monitoring practices throughout Nation Park systems.


Position Description:  The Heartland Network requires assistance with the implementation of several long-term monitoring protocols including vegetation, invasive species, breeding birds, fish, and populations of rare plants. Interns will also assist with monitoring the effects of prescribed fire. The ACE interns will assist HTLN scientists in accomplishing a variety of field-oriented ecological inventory and monitoring projects. These projects include:

  • Annual monitoring of rare plant populations at Wilson's Creek NB and Pipestone NM
  • Vegetation community monitoring and invasive plant monitoring at Wilson's Creek NB, George Washington Carver NM, and Pea Ridge NMP,
  • Deer spotlight surveys at Wilson's Creek NB, Pea Ridge NMP, and Arkansas Post NM.
  • Assessing bird habitat as part of breeding bird monitoring at
  • Wilson's Creek NB, George Washington Carver NM, and Pea Ridge NMP,
  • Fire effects monitoring at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Interns will also assist with monitoring related office projects, including:

  • Entering monitoring data and species occurrence information into databases and spreadsheets, using Microsoft Access and Excel,
  • Collect and process plant specimens for an in-house herbarium
  • Conducting background research to support data analysis and reporting
  • Data summary and report writing

Additional duties may include:

  • Assist with invasive plant management using mechanical and chemical applications


Training opportunities: The NPS staff at HTLN is dedicated to providing interns with diverse field experiences, while also providing guidance to develop professionalism and a solid understanding of the complexities of managing the resources of National Parks.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in natural resource management, fisheries management, zoology, botany, environmental science, ecology, ecosystem restoration, environmental science, biological sciences, park management, forestry, or a related discipline. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.


  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents only;
  • Intern must be between the age of 21 and 35;
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request);
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above field service projects in physically challenging conditions such as in remote and steep terrain in all types of inclement weather;
  • Must be able to collaborate well with colleagues in a group setting and also be independent with minimal supervision;
  • Must have a deep interest in ecology and respect for nature;
  • English proficiency is a must;
  • Knowledge or experience in vegetation and wildlife monitoring;
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of various monitoring protocols and collecting field data;
  • Must be willing and able to travel to different park units;
  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
  • Must be able and comfortable with navigating off trail by maps and GPS units in prairie and aquatic riparian environments;
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access and/or Excel;




  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources;
  • Ability to identify plants on sight or by using a dichotomous key;
  • Experience in invasive plant management;
  • Experience in hiking and navigation in remote and rough terrain;
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a Natural Resources professional.


The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS 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 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.  If you have additional questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist, Tori Klotz, (385) 522-3171, or

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