Start Date: May 23, 2021 (there may be flexibility for the right candidate)
End Date: August 14, 2021 or 12 weeks after start date
*a 12-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Flat Rock, NC
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (CARL) is located in western North Carolina about 30 minutes southeast of Asheville, NC. The site is the last home of Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967), poet, biographer, folk singer, social activist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His wife and family raised champion dairy goats; the park continues to maintain a small herd. The 264-acre park features an historic home, barn and outbuildings and over five miles of wooded trails.
Project Partner Website: To learn more about Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, please visit the NPS website at: www.nps.gov/carl.
For more information about ACE, please visit the website www.usaconservation.org.
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $480/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. The member will have a $100/week housing allowance.
Personal Vehicle: Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, libraries, and other infrastructure are spread out by 5 miles or more. Members must have a driver’s license and a personal vehicle for personal commuting purposes.
Schedule: The members will be expected to work full-time, 40-hours/week, approximately 9am to 5:30pm, including holidays and weekends.
The ACE Members will directly assist the National Park Service engage the public in the history and significance of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site to visitors. Members will share information and meanings behind natural cultural resources, as well provide other visitor services such as staffing the visitor center, collecting tour fees, issuing park passes, and driving the visitor shuttle. They will also care for the farm’s goats.
Typical duties include:
Staffing the visitor center desks, collecting fees, and selling Sandburg-related sales items in the park store
Creating and presenting formal interpretive programs to a variety of audiences
Leading tours of the historic Sandburg home
Driving the visitor shuttle
Assisting in education programs
Caring for goats at the farm area of the park including raking manure and feeding
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.
Your health is important to us! Please note that duties may shift in order to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for further resources: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Willing to represent ACE and partner organization in a professional manner
- Ability to be self-directed and a member of a group
- As a Public Land Corps Act funded position, must be 21-30 years of age (military veterans up to 35)
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Valid Driver's License
- Willing to undergo and pass criminal history checks
- Ability to perform essential duties with or without reasonable accommodation
- Willing to work outdoors
- Effective communication skills
- Knowledge and skills of customer service
- Interest in natural/cultural resources
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Bilingual applications encouraged and welcome
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.