American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • UT, USA
  • $550/week
  • Other
  • Internship
  • EPIC


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Zion National Park is seeking Six Trail Maintenance Interns interested in dedicating 25-weeks in support of the National Park Service.  The Trail Maintenance Interns will support the trail team in improving trail conditions on high profile trails within Zion National Park. This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our National Parks.


Start Date: September 2019

End Date: 25 weeks from start date

*A 25-week commitment is required*


Location:  The internship is at Zion National Park which is located in Southern Utah.  Here visitors follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Zion is a spectacular network of colorful canyons, forested mesas, and striking deserts. All of the land within the park boundary is preserved by the National Park Service for the benefit of the public. In addition, a remarkable 84 percent of this extraordinary landscape is preserved as wilderness (over 124,000 acres).

Hurricane, UT is roughly 30 minutes away and is large enough to accommodate multiple grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment options. 


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding Zion National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information about the American Conservation Experience, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE intern will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $550/week for food, housing, and incidentals. Affordable accommodations can be secured in Hurricane. It is recommended that those selected for this position have access to a reliable vehicle.


Position Description:  Six ACE interns will serve with and learn from National Park Service (NPS) employees as they support trail maintenance at Zion National Park.

Projects will include:

  • Hauling new posts and signs to each location, replacement of each, digging new post holes, and hauling of old materials back to the maintenance area. Hauling of posts and signs to back country may include use of a horse(s).
  • General maintenance tasks on several trails within and outside of Zion's recommended wilderness.
  • The transport; distribution and compaction of tread materials onto areas of eroded trail surface.
  • Installation and cleaning of water bars and grade dips/swales using hand tools (mattock, hoe, shovel, cross cut saw, ax, etc.).
  • Removal of encroaching vegetation and if necessary trail blockages like boulders or downed trees using hand tools.
  • Building retaining walls.
  • Other equipment used (outside the recommended wilderness) may include UTVs, weed trimmers, back pack leaf blowers, and cordless drills.

Qualifications:  A combination of relevant education and appropriate field experience is acceptable for this position. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience in the National Park Service with an eye toward a career in resource management, facilities/maintenance, or trails work.


  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Intern must be 21-35 years of age.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request). A personal vehicle is recommended for the duration of the internship.
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above field projects, including backcountry camping.
  • Must be physically fit and able to backpack to backcountry campsites
  • Intern will be required to hike up to 12 miles per day while carrying up to 40 pounds of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to serve in small a group setting, performing difficult duties, while keeping a positive attitude.
  • Interns must be comfortable serving in recommended wilderness using only primitive tools (including shovel, mattock, hoe, cross cut saw, axe, etc.).
  • Projects outside the recommended wilderness may require use of UTVs, weed trimmers, back pack leaf blowers and cordless drills.



  • Experience working with horses.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with peer professionals and volunteers.
  • Ability to serve independently in remote areas.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field.


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 and the NPS reserves the right to require drug testing.


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 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. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist, Dave Hecker at (801) 386-1629 or

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