American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Natural and Cultural Resource Management Member to assist with a variety of ongoing resource management projects alongside Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff.

The ACE member will assist the Park’s Resource Management staff, with a majority of their time spent in the field performing physically demanding tasks as assigned.

Natural resource management duties will include: exotic plant control, hemlock woolly adelgid control, bat monitoring and other wildlife monitoring, and ginseng monitoring as season allows. Cultural projects may include: transcription of oral histories and assistance with archival backlog and compliance work.

The member must be physically able to handle the demands of the work. Field work requires willingness and ability to work in all types of weather conditions year-round, hiking up to 8 miles a day carrying up to 40 pounds of gear on steep uneven terrain on and off trail. The majority of this work will be off trail in the back country.

The member will be trained in the specific projects, methods and protocol and will be expected to work as a team to continue work on their own. Preference will be given to individuals with plant identification skills and/or experience in vegetation monitoring and data collection.

Much of the fieldwork will be Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) control. The ACE member must be very comfortable navigating off trail in the backcountry using GPS. Backcountry camping will be required. This treatment is performed off-trail and requires bushwhacking through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and greenbrier along steep slopes, often crossing streams, all while carrying 2.5-gallon jugs of insecticide to apply the chemicals at the base of trees, marking treated trees, measuring the trees, and moving on to the next tree.

Another duty would be exotic plant control. Exotic plant control at Cumberland Gap is almost always accomplished by spraying herbicides. There are two primary methods of exotic plant control performed: The first is foliar treatment with a backpack sprayer that carries 2 – 3 gallons of herbicide. Foliar spraying large areas of exotic plants require members to carry this heavy load of herbicide, often in full sun, on slopes in difficult terrain. The second method requires cutting down shrubs and small trees with hand tools and then spraying the stumps with concentrated herbicide solution.

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.

Tagged as: Conservation, Research/Science and Technical


- Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident to comply with US government contracts
- Able to represent ACE and partner organization in a professional manner
- Be self-directed and a contributing member of a group
- Valid driver's license and insurable driving record
- Willing to undergo and pass a criminal history check
- Ability to perform essential duties with or without accommodations
- Ability to communicate clearly
- Personal vehicle is required
- Able to hike 5-10 miles per day

Required Skills:

- Willing to perform fieldwork and backcountry camping
- Comfortable navigating off-trail by maps and GPS units
- Willing to serve in all weather conditions
- Willing to use herbicide and insecticide and pass KY pesticide certification test
- Able to serve in small group settings while maintaining positive attitude
- Ability to serve independently
- Must verify that you are fully vaccinated or request medical or religious exemption

Preferred Skills:

- Holding or pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree or have relevant experience in natural resource management or similar discipline
- Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources
- Ability to identify plants on sight or by using a dichotomous key
- Interest in the National Park Service

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.

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/6871 Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time.