American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Capitol Reef National Park is seeking One Member to contribute to Visitor & Resource Protection Projects alongside NPS Staff.

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

Start Date: April 30, 2023

Estimated End Date: October 27, 2023

*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

For more information regarding Capitol Reef National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/care.

Position Overview:

Visitor & Resource Protection duties include patrolling backcountry roads, trails and off-trail routes; contacting park visitors in backcountry/wilderness settings; explaining park regulations and safety issues; monitoring trail, road, and spring conditions; conducting informal resource condition assessments; conducting minor maintenance to signs, primitive campsites, and trailheads; assisting with issuing backcountry permits; and assisting the V&RP staff with emergency responses such as emergency medical services, search & rescue, and flash flood response.

Resource Management duties include participating in the park’s graffiti removal and prevention program by mitigating damage to rock walls, contacting visitors about graffiti’s impact on the park and installing signs; maintaining a presence on park trails and canyon routes to educate visitors about graffiti and other resource damage.

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: The member will serve nine-hour days alternating between four and five days per week.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for an [900-hour] AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $3247.50 upon successful completion of term.

Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

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.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history check.

Preferred Skills:

Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as Communications, Public Speaking, or Guest Service.
Knowledge and skills in the principles of customer service, and public speaking.
Ability and willingness to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Deep interest in the field of natural and cultural resources, and visitor management.

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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