ACE Cumberland Gap NHP Natural Resource Management Internship 


Title: Cumberland Gap NHP Natural Resource Management Internship

Salary Range: Living allowance of $250/week, a one-time equipment allowance, housing stipend of $700/month

Consideration Date: 33 weeks from start date

Brief Description:

American Conservation Experience in partnership with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park offering “ACE EPIC NPS KY: Cumberland Gap NHP Natural Resource Management Internship”.   ACE EPIC NPS KY seeking one Natural Resource Management Intern interested in dedicating 33-weeks in support of the National Park Service. They are seeking one Natural Resource Management Intern interested in dedicating 33-weeks in support of the National Park Service.

Position Description:  The ACE intern will assist the Park’s Resource Management staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks.  The intern will spend the majority of their time in the field performing physically demanding tasks as assigned. Approximately 75 – 80% of the fieldwork will be Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) control; duties will also include exotic plant management and other invasive species projects.

Hosted By:

American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps, is a national leader in recruiting, coordinating, and training youth and volunteers in environmental restoration and land management projects on America’s National Parks, National Forests, Wildlife Refuges, and other Public Lands.


This internship program is applicable for:

  • The internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Intern must be 18-35 years of age at the time of hire.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • A personal vehicle is required for the duration of the internship.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork, including backcountry camping.
  • Must be able and comfortable with navigating off the trail by maps and GPS units in the mountains.
  • Must be physically fit and able to backpack to off-trail backcountry campsites up to a mile away from a maintained trail.
  • The intern will be required to hike 5-10 miles per day while carrying up to 50 pounds of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, bushwhacking in some cases through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and Greenbriar.
  • Must be a mature and responsible individual.
  • Must be willing and able to serve in all weather conditions, from 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 90% humidity in full sun to freezing temps in winter.
  • Must be willing to use herbicides and insecticides and pass the Kentucky pesticide certification test to apply pesticides in forestry situations.
  • Must be able to serve in small a group setting, performing difficult service, while keeping a positive attitude.

Requested Qualifications:

  • The NPS is interested in recruiting from a diverse group of candidates.
  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources; for example, range, wildlife, soil, water, and minerals is desired.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with peer professionals and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner.
  • Ability to identification plants on sight or by using a dichotomous key.
  • Ability to serve independently in remote areas.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a Natural Resources professional.

How to Apply:

All applicants can go through the given link to apply for this internship program:

Financial Assistantship:

  • The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week for food and incidentals.
  • The Intern will be provided with a one-time equipment allowance of $200 for the purchase of field boots.
  • IF there is room in the NPS dormitory it will be available to the intern and a stipend equivalent to its rent will be provided.
  • The intern may opt out of NPS housing in favor of their own rental location and a housing stipend of $700/month ($175/week).

More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Zoe Moskwa, 801.707.7832, or