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2022 NPS Academy Restoration Ecology Member

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Rocky Mountain National Park, is seeking ONE Natural Resource Management Member as part of the 2022 NPS Academy cohort. During this 12-week position, the Member will primarily support a series of vegetation management projects while learning about the National Park Service (NPS) as a career path.

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Start Date: May 23rd, 2022

End Date: August 12, 2022

*a 12-week minimum commitment and participation in the orientation March 21st-25th is required for the position *

About NPS Academy: The National Park Service (NPS) Academy is an innovative and immersive program designed to introduce a diversity of participants from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks to career opportunities with the NPS. Participants come away equipped with knowledge about the NPS mission and the NPS Universal Competencies that are considered the foundation of all careers in the NPS and are critical to all park service employees. The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with NPS through training and hands-on experiences. This program is generously funded by Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Program Goals:The major goals of the NPS Academy are to:

  • Connect a diverse group of young adults sharing a passion and curiosity for careers within the NPS
  • Deepen participants' knowledge of and personal network within the NPS by fostering an NPS mentorship relationship
  • Develop a network of emerging conservation and park leaders by building ambassadorship, storytelling, and leadership skills
  • Create a more inclusive future for public lands

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park, CO

The "Rocky Mountain National Park Act" was signed by President Woodrow Wilson on January 26, 1915, establishing the park boundaries and protecting the area for the future. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the main automobile route, Trail Ridge Road, in the 1930s and in 1976, UNESCO designated the park as one of the first World Biosphere Reserves. As recently as 2018 more than 4.5 million visitors entered the park and it is one of the most visited in the National Park System, ranking #3 most visited. When Congress passed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act in 1915, the legislators focused on Rocky's scenic and natural wonders, though its human history is robust as well.

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Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $480/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing and travel assistance to and from park location will be provided. The ACE Member will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the position.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award $1,678.57 upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Scheduling: Four (4) ten-hour days with work days beginning at 7 am. Working days have the possibility of being Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday.

Position Description: The NPS Academy Member will primarily assist with three main projects in Rocky Mountain National Park's vegetation management program, but may be involved in many other projects as well.

The first project will involve soil stabilization and vegetation restoration of a deferred maintenance project where significant ground disturbance has occurred as a result of the replacement of several miles of underground water line. Specific activities will involve installing erosion control to keep soils in place, controlling unwanted vegetation such as invasive plant species that are growing in the water line disturbance corridor, and mulching and seeding the ground disturbance to restore native vegetation and wildlife habitat. The Member may also help collect and clean seed that will be used in the following year for continued restoration and stabilization of the water line disturbance.

The second project involves the removal of invasive vegetation from high priority areas in the park. The Member will work with crews and volunteers using both manual and chemical methods to treat invasive species in order to improve wildlife habitat in the park.

In order to give the Member a well-rounded experience to develop a variety of job skills, they may also have opportunities to work on other projects, and with other work groups and park staff from natural and cultural resources, facility management, interpretation, and visitor and resource protection. The Member will work with both park staff and volunteers to accomplish tasks, and may be given opportunities to present their work to groups in informal settings. The Member will attend new participant orientation, federal job search and resume workshop(s) and will also be placed with a mentor in the Beaver Meadows Headquarters Area at ROMO.

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

Skills: An important reminder: all skills needed for this position will be trained on the job; a good attitude, curiosity for learning, and a willingness to work hard contributing to the team are the only prerequisites to finding success.
Essential skills: Ability to get along with others; a willingness to learn and work hard outdoors in sometimes harsh conditions (cold, wet, snowy, hot, dry).

Additional skills that are helpful: Willingness to learn about plant identification, restoration ecology, plant propagation and/or natural resource management

Skills that members will gain from this position: plant identification, native plant propagation, native plant restoration, invasive plant species identification and management

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: The work requires regular physical exertion such as walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven and/or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, or reaching; in some situations the work may require physical exertion to prepare soil for planting and planting activities, and camp overnight in backcountry locations. Heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, must be lifted and carried on a regular basis. May be required to hike several miles in a day.

Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, may be lifted and carried on an occasional basis.
Environmental: The work is performed primarily in the field. The work performed in the field involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects and wild animals
Travel: Occasional overnight travel to other areas of the park may occur.

ACE Requirements:

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Attendance of the NPS Academy Orientation held March 21st-25th, 2022 (travel costs covered by ACE)
  • 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 current and valid form of ID (will be required to provide copies of ID's upon hiring)
  • 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.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and the NPS Academy program, as well as contact information for three 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, Deidra Goodwin 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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