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2022 NPS Academy Visitor and Resource Protection Member

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, is seeking ONE Visitor and Resource Protection Member as part of the 2022 NPS Academy cohort. During this internship, the Member will assist the Jenny Lake Rangers and Volunteers with hiking and backcountry patrols and work in the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.

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Start Date: May 22nd, 2022 (flexible)

End Date: August 21st, 2022

*a 12 week minimum commitment and participation in orientation March 21st-25th is required for this 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: Grand Teton National Park- The town of Jackson offers a variety of amenities and services in close proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Jackson is only four miles from the southern boundary of Grand Teton, 12 miles from Moose, 20 miles from Jenny Lake, and 41 miles from Colter Bay. The year-round population of Jackson is about 10,000 people. However, millions of visitors come through every year, which means that Jackson offers many amenities that you don't normally see in a town of that size. The Grand Tetons are a magnificent mountain range in this northwestern region of Wyoming, with the small town of Jackson Hole in its foothills. The Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet, 7,000 feet about the valley floor. Numerous peoples have roamed these lands, showing first signs from various Native American tribes around 11,000 years ago, from the ranchers and trappers of the 1800's, to the homesteaders and modern-day conservationists that support the park. Grand Teton National Park is rich in history of human cultures and biological diversity, being a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Project Website: For more information about Grand Teton National Park please visit

Living Allowance: 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. ACE offers travel/relocation assistance to and from your project site as well.

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 Member. Housing may be within biking distance from where the Member will meet with other staff each morning. A personal vehicle for transportation is strongly encouraged to facilitate a flexible work schedule. Accommodations are generally shared housing, and include a full kitchen. Housing may be a house, apartment, or dormitory depending on what is available.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1612.43) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.

Scheduling: 4 ten-hour days (Monday through Thursday) and 3 days off (Friday through Sunday). Work day starts at 6:30 am. During the backcountry season the work schedule will 8 ten-hour days followed by 6 days off.

Position Description: The member will assist the Jenny Lake Rangers and Volunteers with hiking and backcountry patrols (both on and off trail) and work in the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. The employee will contact visitors to provide preventative Search and Rescue and resource protection information and will help to clear and maintain trails and campsites. The member will check backcountry camping permits, communicate regulatory information to the public, and provide information on a wide array of topics to include: park features, wildlife, history, safety, and minimum impact and leave no trace techniques. Hiking patrols will be conducted with another paid or volunteer staff member, but may be conducted solo once the employee feels confident to do so. There is also the opportunity to participate in overnight backcountry camping patrols as well.

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.

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 work a flexible schedule and adapt to a dynamic work environment, greet the visiting public in a friendly and professional manner, stand/walk for long periods of time in all weather conditions and carry out tasks and assignments with a "safety-first" attitude.

Additional skills that are helpful: Experience or willingness to learn about backcountry hiking and camping

Skills that members will gain from this position: exposure to an emergency response program in fire, Search and Rescue (SAR), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and law enforcement. CPR and possibly basic first aid certification available. Additionally, skills gained in backcountry travel on and off trail, backcountry navigation, map reading and orientation, basic mountaineering skills if interested, search and rescue, camping, and Leave No Trace.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: Requires frequent standing and walking, and carrying a backpack weighing up to 25 pounds

Vision Requirements: Must have adequate vision to walk on uneven, rocky, or vegetation covered terrain.

Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 25 pounds

Environmental: The work environment varies constantly. Most work is outdoors, and is performed in temperatures from 90 degrees F to below freezing. Severe mountain weather conditions can result in extreme heat, rain, snow, and high winds.

Travel: Overnight backcountry travel is optional but available. Backcountry overnight trips could vary from one night up to four nights if interested and could include tent camping or stays in a backcountry patrol cabin.

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 NPS Academy, 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

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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