ACE Cumberland Gap NHP Natural Resource Management Internship 

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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.

Eligibility:

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:

https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/170107.html

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:

https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/170107.html

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 zmoskwa-at-usaconservation.org.