Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Gardening Member to assist with garden maintenance and design alongside the Jimmy Carter NHP Staff.

Start Date: January 2, 2023

End Date: December 29, 2023

*a 52-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Jimmy Carter National Historic Park, Plains, GA

The Jimmy Carter National Historical Park preserves sites associated with James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born 1924), 39th president of the United States. These include his residence, boyhood farm, school, and the town railroad depot, which served as his campaign headquarters during the 1976 election. The building which used to be Plains High School (opened in 1921 and closed in 1979) serves as the park’s museum and visitor center. Plains is a rural community in Southwest Georgia with full services available in Americus, GA (10 miles); Albany, GA (40 miles); and Columbus, GA (50 miles).

For more information about Jimmy Carter National Historic Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/jica/index.htm.

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. They will also have access to a $600 reimbursable travel allowance to aid in the costs of relocation and commuting to the duty station.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hr AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,495.00) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Scheduling: The ACE Member will work full-time, 40 hours a week, from Monday to Friday, ~7:00 am to 3:30pm.

Position Description:

The ACE Member will work with the park gardener to maintain designed landscape spaces at the park primarily in the Carter Home and Garden area, but will also assist at spaces located at the other Park locations which include Plains High School Visitor Center, Plains Depot, and The Boyhood Home.

Duties may include:

Maintain designed landscape spaces such as Memorial Garden, Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Gardens and other established gardens and flower beds within the Park.
Support creation of additional butterfly garden at Plains Depot, and other gardens as needed.
Additional Duties include Greenhouse Gardening, applying pine straw or mulch, pulling weeds, and applying chemicals under the supervision of NPS staff
This position is located in Plains, Georgia where the climate has hot, humid summers and in the winter can have cold days. There are insects, bees and wasp, and snakes that inhabit the area as well. The position requires mainly outdoor work dealing with the aforementioned conditions. During inclement weather, you will be provided indoor tasks.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development.

Tagged as: Conservation


Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with 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 required criminal history checks.

Preferred Skills:

Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a high school diploma and/or have relevant experience in areas such as biology, gardening, landscaping, and construction.
Laborer or maintenance experience
Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions.
Is comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions and at heights.
Have a willingness to work hard and get dirty.
Have the ability to think critically and creatively.

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

Apply at https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/852693.html