American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Jupiter, FL, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Eastern States Office, is seeking one Recreation and Visitor Services Intern for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, who will dedicate 26 weeks to assisting the ONA Manager with site management, and outreach and interpretive programs within the ONA and throughout surrounding communities. 

Working cooperatively with ONA partners, principally the Loxahatchee River Historical Society (LRHS) and Palm Beach County, the primary mission for the ONA is to protect, preserve and enhance unique and nationally significant historical, natural, cultural, scientific, and educational, recreation and scenic values. The site contains the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and important historic and cultural resources from the past 8,000 years. Furthermore, the site is home to 26 special status species across 4 rare and sensitive Florida habitats. The ONA is a component of the National Conservation Lands, administered through the Bureau of Land Management.

Start Date: November 2019 (flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 26 Week (possibility to extend if funding available). 

* An 6-month (26-week) commitment is required * 

Location: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, Florida.

The 120 acre ONA is in southeast Florida, in the northern portion of Palm Beach County and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Southeastern States Field Office in Jackson, Mississippi. The site is located at the confluence of the Indian River Lagoon and Loxahatchee River within the municipalities of the Town of Jupiter and the Village of Tequesta.  These cities make up the northern extend of an urban environment that stretches south to Miami providing all the amenities that can be expected from such urban environments. North of the site is a gap in Florida's urban coast, through the Johnathan Dickenson State Park and Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, before the urban setting continues north. 

Compensation: ACE interns will receive a living allowance of $300/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.  Housing is provided by BLM within the ONA.

AmeriCorps: This position is also eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment in AmeriCorps is required.

Position Description:  This ACE internship is multi-faceted, adaptable, and geared at providing valuable professional experience in the land-management field. Duties performed for this internship will typically take place within the ONA and will support all management activities occurring at the site. Daily work will range from site and facility maintenance to developing interpretive and outreach materials, and may also include biological/ecological monitoring and resource planning. 

This position is ideal for a talented, well-rounded, enthusiastic, adaptable, and resourceful young professional interested in a career in public land management. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated interest and/or education in natural resource management, interpretation and outreach, though all qualified applicants will receive careful consideration.'

Project Website: For more information regarding the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area visit: or For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Project Background and Objectives: The BLM National Conservation Lands program endeavors to protect parcels of land with unique and nationally important resource values. The stated mission of the National Conservation Lands is "to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values."  The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA was added to the National Conservation Lands program in 2008, when congress recognized the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing a number of the sites values; most notably its historic, cultural and natural values.  The ONA is unique within the National Conservation Lands program as it is the only unit of the program east of the Mississippi, and one of only three ONA's nationwide.  As such, further to the sites own intrinsic value the site holds special importance for in bringing the BLM and National Conservation Lands to the attention of an east coast audience.

Training Provided:  The intern will receive on-the-job training in requisite interpretation, treatment, field survey/monitoring technique, report writing, and other skills related to the position. ACE and the BLM are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's public lands.

Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, historical archaeology, environmental policy, natural resource management, recreation & park management, interpretation/education or public relations or related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone, within minimal supervision. 

Required Skills:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and permanent residents only.
  • Interns must be 18 to 35 years old.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in a writing.
  • Must have a strong work ethic, self-starter with the ability to work alone;
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle is not required for the position, but strongly suggested.
  • Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in hot humid weather conditions, participating in physical labor; be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • English proficiency is imperative. Other language proficient is a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

This position will likely have recurring (regular, scheduled or anticipated) access to vulnerable populations.  State and Federal Criminal History Checks will be required for participation.


  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Interest and experience in photography.
  • Interest in maintenance task painting, home repair and landscaping.
  • Experience using Facebook and/or other social media.
  • Experience using creating outreach media using Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat.
  • Knowledge & skills in the principles of education, interpretation, outreach or public relations.
  • Ability to envision the goal, and develop and complete projects independently to achieve goal.
  • Willingness to complete a wide variety of tasks including manual labor.
  • Ability to swim, snorkel, kayak and/or paddleboard.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, sample Social media post (Photo and Narrative) suitable for Facebook publication, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the online application page for this position.

NOTE: Early applications will be considered as they are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact ACE EPIC Member Manager, Erin Mounce at

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