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Trails GIS Fellowship- National Park Service

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a National Trails GIS Fellow interested in dedicating 18 months to support the National Trails Office with digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms to assist the public in getting out on the trails.

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Start Date: September 19, 2022

End Date: March 15, 2024

Duration: 18 months

Location: National Trails Office (NTIR)

National Trails administers nine national historic trails and one historic highway that, combined, stretch for 25,000 miles across 24 states. The National Trails Office works with a diversity of partners to protect, develop, and promote these special places. Their staff of interdisciplinary experts assist community groups, private landowners, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and federal, state, county, and local agencies with site planning and design, on-the-ground trail mapping, educational opportunities, and identifying resources.

For more information about the National Trails Office (NTIR) based out of Santa Fe, NM, please visit:

Living Allowance: ACE Fellow is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $425/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing Allowance: Housing is not provided by ACE or NPS. A reimbursement not to exceed $1,400/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing.

Relocation Allowance: A reimbursement not to exceed $1,400 ($700 each way) will be provided to help offset the cost of relocation.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour ($6,345) AmeriCorps Education Award and a 900-hour (~$3,200) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: ​​ The ACE Fellow will be provided real world experience in the GIS field including digitization, map production, data management, and GIS platforms like ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS software. Duties will include:

  • Develop a more complete recreational/retracement trail dataset for the National Historic Trails (NHTs) and trail maps that will assist the public in getting out on the trails
  • Plan for and develop national historic trails (NHTs) through road/pedestrian signing along all nine trails that NTIR administers
  • Provide daily communication with a range of federal, state, non-profit organizations, and other trail partners to collaborate on signing and development activities
  • Assist trail partners and communities with development of draft sign plans, including use of online sign-planning tools
  • Provide technical assistance to partners seeking local or state department of transportation approval to install signs
  • Gain real world experience working with public and private entities along the NHTs
  • Gain communication skills interacting with communities, trail partners, and agency staff, as well as exposure to technical skills like ArcGIS, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • As time allows, provide support to NTIR staff and partners at public events and other office priorities



  • Knowledge and experience using: ArcGIS Pro/ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong writing, communication, outreach, and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and ability to multi-task
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • 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
  • 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 perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the time they start their term or request a medical or religious exemption


  • Knowledge and experience using: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

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. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Jen Wells, 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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