American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Beatrice, NE, USA

American Conservation Experience:

NPS Homestead National Monument

Interpretation and Resource Management Internship - AmeriCorps


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation, in partnership with the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument of America in southeast Nebraska, is seeking one Interpretation and Resource Management Intern interested in dedicating 12 weeks in support of the National Park Service by directly assisting with the monument's natural and cultural resource management, interpretation, outreach, and visitor services.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in resource management and interpretation.

Start Date:  August 2014   

End Date:  November 2014



A 12-week (450 hours) commitment is required



Location:  Beatrice, Nebraska


Project Website:  For more information regarding Homestead National Monument of America, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation/Benefits:  The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $110/week. Onsite housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members) at no cost to the intern.  The intern will have use of a government vehicle for work related travel.


AmeriCorps Education Award: A $1468 AmeriCorps Education Award will be presented upon successful completion of 450 hours of service.


Position Description: 


Project Background and Objectives: Homestead National Monument of America is a small National Park Service (NPS) site dedicated to telling the story of the historic Homestead Act of 1862, one of the most significant pieces of Legislation in the history of the United States, brought forth by President Abraham Lincoln. The monument is located on the site of the very first 160-acre Homestead claim filed in the Unites States. The Homestead Act of 1862 drastically impacted Westward Expansion by turning over vast amounts of public land to citizens for homesteading and settlement of the West. Homestead National Monument tells the story of the Act, its impact on America, and the exciting stories of homesteaders and settlers of the West.


In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the fundamental work performed by Interpretation and Resource Management Intern is:

Resource Interpretation – Interpreting the significance and uniqueness of park natural and cultural resources, and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.

Resource Protection – Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects through information and education.

This will be achieved through the development and presentation of education programs, front desk public contacts, visitor services and other interpretation activities, as well as park stewardship and natural resource field projects.


This position is 40 hours/week.  During the three-month internship at Homestead, the ACE Intern will directly assist park staff in natural resource management, interpretation, and visitor services projects/programs. While having the opportunity to work in a variety of NPS programs, the intern will receive a well-rounded experience regarding the operation of a NPS site.


Responsibilities include:

Interpretation and Visitor Services (50%)

  • Assist with visitor reception and engagement in the Visitor Center
  • Assist visitors with inquiries regarding park resources and assist leading interpretative programs
  • Directly participate in special event planning and managing park brochures and publications

Natural Resource Management (40%)

  • Conduct vegetation monitoring
  • Participate with exotic and invasive plant management
  • Monthly water quality monitoring

Cultural Resource Management (10%)

  • Clean and maintain historic furnishings in the Palmer-Epard Cabin and Freeman School (interpretative sites)
  • Assist park staff with cataloging and accessioning museum objects



Training /Educational Opportunities: First Aid/CPR; Prairie plant identification; Vegetation management methods; and Visitor Center operation training.

ACE and NPS are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's parks and public lands. 


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in interpretation, cultural resource management, environmental studies, history, ecology, biology, natural resource management, recreation management, park management, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. The ACE Interpretation and Resource Management 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 NPS reserves the right to require drug testing.



  • Must be a US Citizens or Green Card holder. 
  • Must be 18 to 25 years old.  Recent graduates from a relevant MA/MS program ages 25-29 are also eligible to apply.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone and in a group.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required for personal travel
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Deep interest in American history, research and respect for nature is critical. 
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.



To Apply:  Please submit your resume, cover letter and three professional/and or academic references to the online ACE application page.


Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE Internship Program Manager, Hannah Wendel, at (801) 946-5379 or

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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