American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Martinez, CA, USA
  • 384 per week
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with John Muir National Historic Site is seeking One Member(s) to serve as a Natural Resource Member and assist NPS Staff with biological monitoring projects.

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Start Date: Jan 9, 2023

End Date: August 18, 2023

*a 32-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, CA

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Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~24 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $384/week to offset the costs of housing, food, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility.

Position Description:

This position is located within the Branch of Natural Resource Management (NRM) with the main goal of providing support for managing, monitoring, and synthesizing natural resource data at John Muir National Historic Site (JOMU) in Martinez, CA. The internship works closely with park staff and park partners and is roughly 90% field-based (though some weeks may have more office time) with a focus on non-native invasive plant management (60%) and biological monitoring (40%). Work schedule will be Monday through Thursday, 8am - 2pm (due to warmer weather, the start time will switch to 7am in April). Primary duties for this job include:

  • Managing non-native invasive plants using manual techniques (weed trimmers, hand-pulling) and assisting with herbicide application.
  • Identifying, monitoring, and mapping target species and populations of native and invasive plant species using GPS units.
  • Collecting data from various plant species for the California Phenology Project.
  • Serving as a biological monitor during mowing operations.
  • Assisting biologists with various biological monitoring projects including reptile, small mammal, bird, and pollinator surveys, including installation of trap-lines, data collection, and data input.
  • Assisting with photo-point, wildlife camera, and water quality monitoring.
  • Providing NRM support through maintaining and cleaning equipment, assisting with outreach events, attending relevant meetings, and participating in trainings.



  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • A love of nature and physical outdoor work, with an interest in resource management, ecological restoration, and endangered species stewardship.
  • Aptitude for working outdoors in varying climates, on steep slopes, and ability to carry up to 30 pounds.
  • Willing to work in area with environmental hazards such as ticks, poison oak, and rattlesnakes (training and safety precautions will be provided).
  • Ability to work well in a team while balancing individual responsibilities.
  • Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GPS/GIS experience not required, but a plus)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • 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.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.


  • Education and/or experience in the environmental sciences such as biology, ecology, natural resources management, wildlife biology, forestry, botany, and geography, or a similar program will also be considered.
  • CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid training or willingness to be trained.
  • Experience using ArcGIS software platforms- both desktop and AGOL.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome. Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are especially useful in this park.
  • Deep interest in entering the public service field as a natural resource professional.

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 Western Program Manager, Deanna Stark at 719-822-8178 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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