American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Sandy Springs, GA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with  the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) to support Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area's volunteer program. The AVC would be one of the primary point-of-contacts for people interested in volunteering and would be the conduit to connect volunteers to all divisions within the park. 

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Start Date:   March 1, 2021

End Date:   August 28, 2021 (or 26 weeks after start date)

* A 26-week minimum commitment is required *  

Location:  Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, GA.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is "an ancient river in a modern city," and offers many opportunities to get outdoors, including hiking, rafting, and fishing. Atlanta is Georgia's largest city and capital, and can boast itself as a thriving business and entertainment center with an eclectic mix of residents back dropped by a city with southern roots.

For more information regarding Chattahoochee, please visit the NPS website:

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $250/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: Dormitory-style housing may be available at the park at no cost to the member, or there may be some additional financial support for reasonable accommodations. 


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,097.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.


Position Description: The AVC would serve as one of the primary point-of-contacts for people interested in volunteering and would be the conduit to connect volunteers to all divisions within the park. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and mentoring all new volunteers in the park.
  • Assist and eventually lead groups of volunteers in river cleanups as well as land based trash removal and trail maintenance. 
  • Send out emails to keep the volunteers updated on upcoming events. 
  • Responsible for the volunteer database that tracks events and individual hours.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.The member could potentially receive training on trail crew leadership, canoe and kayak, mountain biking, chainsaw (limbing and bucking), CPR/First aid and defensive driving.

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 30.




  • 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).
    • 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).
  • A personal vehicle for non work related tasks.
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences



  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in some aspect of natural resource study. This could include subject areas such as botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, or related disciplines.
  • Trail building/maintenance skills
  • Canoe and kayak skills
  • Invasive plant removal/identification skills

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  NPS 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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