American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Townsend, TN, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

ACE: Education and Outreach Member Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove) AmeriCorps Eligible

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Members to contribute to an Education and Outreach project alongside Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff

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Start Date:
May 9, 2021

End Date: November 7, 2021

*a 26-week minimum commitment is required*

: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, based out of Cades Cove Visitor Center, located in Cade Cove, Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is unique among America's National Parks; located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains is renowned for its rich diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of the ancient mountains and forests, and its preservation of Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

For more information regarding Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit: and

Living Allowance:
The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $255/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

The ACE Member will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.

Cell phone reception is not always reliable and a personal vehicle is required due to the remote nature of the site and no reliable public transportation. The ACE Member will use a government vehicle for project-related travel.

This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award (~$3,098) upon successful completion of term. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description
: Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a long-standing curriculum-based education program. The Parks as Classrooms (PAC) program offers nationally recognized K-12 inquiry-based education programs to help students achieve academically and to inspire in them a sense of stewardship in national parks and their communities.

Cades Cove is one of the most popular sites to visit in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Here, visitors are able to learn hands-on about both the rich cultural and natural history of the area by exploring the on-site historic buildings, scenic mountain views, outstanding wildlife viewing, and numerous interactive and backcountry trails.

In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental duties performed by the Education and Outreach Member are:

Resource Education and Visitor Services: Educating area children, teachers, and parents about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices, as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use. This will be through interpretive programs, Parks as Classroom programs, and visitor outreach and engagement.

Resource Protection: Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures, and artifacts by preventing the loss / theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education. Use wildlife management techniques to ensure safe visitor / wildlife interactions.

Breakdown of time spent on work responsibilities:

  • Provide and deliver outreach education programs to K- through middle school-aged students (15%)
  • Provide public outreach and interact with park visitors (65%)
  • Develop and research program elements (lesson revision, lesson development, etc.) (20%)

Training Provided:
The member will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of curriculum-based programs, report writing, and other position related skills as well as safety training and oversight. ACE and the NPS are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare members for future careers in the stewardship of America's parks and public lands.



  • 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)
  • 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 and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions
  • Must have a personal vehicle
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Enthusiastic about serving with students in grades K-8


  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation
  • Familiarity with the National Park Service
  • Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn more about, the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged and welcome

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 Recruitment Specialist, Madison Ficca at

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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