American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Coolidge, AZ, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • TTAP

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Members to work directly with the Casa Grande Ruins staff and assist with historic preservation projects.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation. No background or previous experience in construction or historic preservation required. Training for all tools and activities will be provided by park staff professionals.

This project is in conjunction with the Indian Youth Service Corps Program. Persons that identify as Native American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, and/or Alaska Native are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start Date: Summer 2021 (flexible, but can start ASAP)

End Date: 20 weeks from start date

* A minimum 20-week commitment is required *

Location: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument- Coolidge, Arizona

This internship position is with the integrated Resource Stewardship & Science/Facility; Asset Management program at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (CAGR). The monument contains prehistoric and historic earthen architecture (adobe). Casa Grande Ruins preserves the remains of an intact prehistoric village site and contains the only multi-story structure (4 stories) from the Hohokam Archeological period. The Casa Grande, or Great House, stands over 30 feet tall, 50 feet long, and 40 feet wide and was constructed of puddled earthen material. Surrounding the Casa Grande are the remains of 4200 linear feet of walls from additional prehistoric rooms, and communal structures.

Project Website: For more information about TTAP, please visit ( For more information about Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, visit

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $640/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing may be available at the park, but local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Description: The primarily purpose of this internship position is to perform activity in historic preservation (prehistoric and historic), the preservation and repair of earthen architecture (prehistoric and historic), and maintenance of the monument's cultural landscape. Additional projects will include assisting resource staff with archaeological condition assessments, integrated pest management, natural resource work, and routine maintenance activities.

The TTAP participant will have an opportunity to serve with park partners and specialists in historic preservation. As a member of the team, the intern will participate with park staff for training opportunities. Depending on interest, the TTAP participant will be assigned a personal project to be completed and presented to park staff upon compilation of the internship.

Possible projects include: A research project in improving ruins preservation methods, construction of cabinetry item (mentored by park's historic carpenter), a national resource project (burrowing owls, native landscapes), the CCC era of the park, or project researching, etc.

Project Background and Objectives: As the first Archeological Preserve established by the United States government, there has been a long history of preservation at the site. Nearly all the monuments' administrative and maintenance buildings were constructed during the 1930's under the Works Progress Administration. A Civil Conservation Corp (CCC) of primarily youth workers constructed the adobes and built the sizable complex of historic buildings still standing at the site today.)



  • 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 stand for long periods of time, as well as hike up to 15 miles per day in various terrain while carrying up to 45 pounds of gear in a backpack
    • Appropriate acclimatization to elevation and setting will occur before significant hikes are expected.
  • A basic understanding of hand tools; specific tool training will be provided.
  • 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 or historic preservation.
  • Knowledge of basic construction techniques.
  • 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 NPS Member Coordinator, Bianca Wahkinney at (405) 595-8070 or

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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