American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Paicines, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking two (2) members to work directly with the Pinnacles maintenance staff and assist with an assortment of historic preservation projects.

*Housing is not provided. Local candidates or those within commuting distance are strongly encouraged to apply*

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Start Date: 1/26/2021

End Date: 6/11/2021

* A 20-week minimum commitment is required*


Location: Pinnacles National Park (PINN), Paicines, CA

Pinnacles National Park is located in California's Central Coast region of the Gabilan Mountain Range east of the Salinas Valley. The surrounding landscape is largely chaparral with areas of oak savannah and grasslands. The position is located at the eastside park headquarters in Paicines, CA. Nearest communities for shopping, doctors, hospitals, and other amenities are Hollister (40 miles, population 34,400), King City (40 miles, population 11,000), Gilroy (65 miles, population 41,400), Salinas (70 miles, population 151,000), and Monterey (90 miles, population 30,000). 

Pinnacles National Park is fairly remote. Applicants must have a personal vehicle, as the nearest services are a one-hour drive in any direction. Additionally, there is no cell-phone service in the park.

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Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $545/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. Those living nearest to the park and within commuting distance are strongly encouraged to apply since housing is not provided.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award (~$2500) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.


Scheduling: Daytime schedule will typically be 10 hour days, 4 days per week (Monday Thursday).


Position Description: Traditional Trades Apprentices will work closely with park maintenance and trails divisions. Apprentices will work in support of building maintenance and trail projects to preserve historic sites throughout the national park. Primary tasks will include large scale painting and siding projects on historic structures, though the majority of project time will be spent with historic trails stonework.  The stonework will largely be based on structures and historic masonry tasks on the High Peaks Trail. Much of the masonry work along the trail will be based in the preservation of existing stone stairs and switchback retaining walls.


Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 31.




  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
    • Must be 18-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
    • Must have a personal vehicle for commuting.
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.



  • Competitive applicants for this position may 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.
  • 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 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. 

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.


To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: 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 Member Coordinator, Madison Douthitt at


EEO: 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.

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