American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Asheville, NC, USA

NPS Natural Resource Management Internship-AmeriCorps

Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking two Natural Resource Management Interns to dedicate 26 weeks in support of NPS Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team (SE-EPMT), with continuing to control and manage invasive, exotic plants on National Park Service lands in the southeast.  These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, wildlife, environmental science, entomology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through hard work and commitment to the NPS Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team's professional staff and diverse resources.


Start Date:    May 2014                                                                                 

End Date:       August 2014



A 26-week commitment is required



Location: The SE-EPMT is based out of Asheville, NC. Fieldwork will be conducted in seven southeast states in 20 National Park units.

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Se-EPMT, please visit the NPS website at: . For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $160/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. A weekly housing allowance of $100 will be provided.  A travel allowance will be provided to cover expenses for the extensive travel to other Park Units in the region. This position is also eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education award of $2,775 upon successful completion of internship hours.



Position Description:  After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical and chemical control, is a high priority in our National Parks.  The SE-EPMT is tasked with providing assistance in controlling invasive plants through seven southeastern states in 20National Park units. In this intensive field position, ACE Interns will work in a variety of terrains to implement and document invasive plant management control methods including manual, mechanical, and chemical techniques using chainsaws, pole-saws, brushcutters, assorted hand tools, manual and gas powered sprayers. Additionally, interns will also be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document work sites and plant species.  As many of the work sites are located in remote locations, interns will be required to operate 4WD and all-terrain vehicles.  

Work Schedule: Typical work schedule is eight, ten hour days followed by six days off OR four ten-hour days with three days off.

Project Background and Objectives:

One of the many ways the NPS is combating invasive plants is through the Exotic Plant Management Program. The program assists parks in preventing introductions of new species, reducing existing infestations, and restoring native plant communities and ecosystem functions. In 2000, the NPS created the Exotic Plant Management Program that now supports 16 teams working in over 225 park units. Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT) are led by individuals with specialized knowledge and experience in invasive plant management. Each field-based team operates over a wide geographic area and serves over a dozen parks to increase operational efficiency.The EPMT uses multiple strategies to create a work plan specific to the needs of the partner parks in their work areas. All treatment and control methods are reviewed and approved by the NPS Integrated Pest Management Program.


Benefits: Stipend, housing allowance, travel expenses, possible AmeriCorps Education Award, student loan deferment, professional experience in natural resource management and on-the-job training. Many interns with the EPMT program transition to season, term, and permanent NPS positions post-ACE internship experience.



Training Provided:  The EPMT will provide training to interns in manual and chemical control techniques and safety; Use of GPS/GIS and database programs; Exotic and native plant identification; Off-road and defensive driving skills; Red Cross First Aid/CPR; ATV use certification; Red Card (wildland Fire) certification

Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. The ACE SE-EPMT Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the NPS reserves the right to require drug testing.


Required Skills:


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only;
  • Interns must be 18 to 25 years old and/or 26 to 29 years old and have recently completed a relevant MA/MS degree.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS;
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • Must be open to varying and flexible work schedules;
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor;
  • Must be physically fit and have the ability to carry up to 40-lbs up to 5 miles over steep terrain for up to 10 hours/day;
  • Must be able to work alone and in a group;
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation;
  • Personal vehicles are required for personal time off;
  • Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE;
  • Must have a deep interest in field work and a respect for nature;
  • English proficiency is imperative; and
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


Additional Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in an invasive plant management or restoration;
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural resources;
  • Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants;
  • Experience using GPS and GIS software;
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills;
  • An ability to work with power equipment and 4WD vehicles
  • Experience and interest in working in a group and individually with minimal supervision under physically challenging conditions.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.


To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to the APPLY Now below.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. We will begin the interview process as soon as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call The ACE EPIC Program Manager, Hannah Wendel at 801-946-5379.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
American Conservation Experience - EPIC


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