Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Interpretation and Education Member to contribute to education and interpretation projects alongside Hopewell Culture Staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Start Date: 08/13/2023

Estimated End Date: 11/25/2023

*a 15 minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park – Chillicothe, OH

At HOCU, you’ll find earthen mounds and embankments forming huge geometric enclosures that grace the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These monumental structures were built by Native American hands almost 2,000 years ago. Hopewellian people gathered at these earthworks for feasts, funerals and rites of passage. Almost everyone who studies the Hopewell culture has an “I didn’t know that” story about when they first learned about the special and intriguing culture that developed in this region. The park also has an active archeology program which produces even more understanding of this fascinating and yet little recognized culture. This is a story that needs wider recognition. Every American should learn about the amazing accomplishments of the Native American inhabitants of south and central Ohio 2,000 years ago.

For more information about Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/hocu/index.htm.

Position Overview: ACE Member will offer interpretive and educational programs to the public through in-person and digital formats on natural and cultural resource topics. The objective of these programs will be to increase the visiting public’s understanding of natural, cultural, historic and other aspects of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

The Member will learn how to interact with the public, to run pre-existing programs, and to make personal interpretive programs. Interaction with the public at HOCU helps foster a sense of appreciation in the public for HOCU’s cultural and natural resources. By inspiring greater understanding of these unique resources, the ACE Member can help achieve HOCU’s goal of protecting and preserving fragile earthwork sites for all Americans to enjoy.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Schedule: Thursday through Monday, 8:00 am – 4:30pm. Days off would be Tuesday and Wednesday.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $450/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award.

Tagged as: Conservation, Teaching/Education



Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
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.
Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history check.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Required Skills:

Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to walk throughout the historical park.
Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
Weight Lifted or Force

Preferred Skills:


Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a degree in museum studies, art history, history, education, interpretation, biology, environmental studies and science, park management, anthropology and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as education and interpretation, museums, or park management.
Knowledge of history and environmental science.
Interest in and ability to work with the p

About American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.

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