American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • UT, USA
  • 599 per week
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • TTAP

Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument & Pipe Spring National Monument

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking 2 Members to contribute to a variety of historic preservation projects alongside the Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring preservation and maintenance NPS staff.

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:

In 2021, the TTAP program enacted the first Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC) partnerships. The program connects Indigenous youth with an exciting hands-on experience in the preservation and maintenance of historic resources, specifically resources of cultural importance to Indigenous peoples at National Park sites.


Persons that identify as
Native American, Native Hawaiian, and/or Alaska Native are strongly encouraged to apply.


For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

For more information about TTAP, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/traditional-trades-apprenticeship-program.htm


Start Date: ASAP/Summer 2022

End Date: 20 weeks after start date

*a 20-week minimum commitment is required *


Location: Zion National Park (ZION), Springdale, UT; Cedar Breaks National Monument (CEBR), Cedar City, UT; Pipe Spring National Monument (PISP), Fredonia, AZ

The position will perform work for the Zion Group. This Park group includes Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments. Located in Washington, Iron, and Kane counties in southwestern Utah, these sites encompass some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. Over five million people visit the park annually, mainly April through October.

Zion National Park is a geologic showcase with sheer sandstone cliffs among the highest in the world, Because of its unique geological location and variety of life zones. It also preserves evidence of human occupation from prehistoric to modern times. The park is characterized by high plateaus, a labyrinth of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons, and striking rock towers and mesas. The North Fork of the Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge through Zion Canyon, where sandstone walls rise 2,000 to 3,000 feet above the canyon floor. The southern part of the park is a lower desert area, with colorful mesas bordered by rocky canyons and washes. The northern sections of the park are higher plateaus covered by forests. Daytime temperatures average 90 to 105 in the summer and 55 in the winter. Nighttime lows range from 70 in the summer to 30 in the winter.

Minimal shopping is available in Springdale, Utah located two (2) miles from Park Headquarters. A Full range of shopping, medical, dental, religious and recreational facilities are available in Hurricane, (25 miles), St. George, (45 miles), and in Cedar City, Utah (63 miles).

For more information about Zion National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm.

For more information about Cedar Breaks National Monument, visit https://www.nps.gov/cebr/index.htm.

For more information about Pipe Spring National Monument, visit https://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $599/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,417.14 upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Scheduling: Four 10-hour days/week (may be flexible)

Position Description: This position will have the opportunity to gain experience at three parks within the ZION Park Group - Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument, and Zion National Park. This position will have the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary experience with National Park Service staff. This position will work with cultural and natural resources and facilities and maintenance staff on a variety of preservation and restoration projects. This includes working with the park electrician to the park curator. For example, restoration of the caretaker cabin at Cedar Breaks National Monument, tuckpointing historic structures at Pipe Spring National Monument, and masonry and trail work at Zion National Park.

This position will be working primarily outside. Individuals need to be prepared to work outside in varying conditions. All tools and equipment that will be needed for the job will be provided. During warmer temperatures staff will work at higher elevations to move to cooler temperatures. Individuals will need to be able to walk over uneven terrain carrying up to 25 lbs of equipment and/or supplies.

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.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Preferred Skills:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can 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, mechanics, 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.

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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

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 Recruitment specialist, Victoria Yee at vyee@usaconservation.org.


This position will be open until filled. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

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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