Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Shenandoah National Park, is seeking ONE Visitor Use/Curatorial Assistant to assist with interpretation, security, grounds maintenance, integrated pest management, and preservation maintenance at Rapidan Camp. The ACE Member will maximize visitor access to this historic house museum within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park.
Start Date: June 21, 2021
End Date: August 14, 2021
*An 8-week commitment is required*
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $190/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.They will also receive a $600 travel allowance that will be distributed evenly throughout the term to aid in the costs of relocation.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 300-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,311.11) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Scheduling: Off days for the member will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Weekend service is expected throughout the membership. ~8 hour days will be anticipated.
This position will consist of interpretive, environmental monitoring, and museum preservation duties. To see the full list of job responsibilities, please visit the full position description.
Educational and Training Opportunities: 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. The staff at Shenandoah National Park will coordinate with the member to set up educational cross-training days as interest and opportunities allow. Topics may include plant restoration, invasive plant control, vegetative monitoring/sampling, fisheries, wildlife, trail work, historic structures, archeological location searching, GIS/use of GPS equipment, interpretation, or student education.
- 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.
- Under Public Land Corps Act, must be 21-30 years of age (military veterans up to 35)
- US citizen or permanent resident
- A valid driver's license
- A personal vehicle is required
- Willing to undergo and pass criminal history check
- Ability to perform essential duties with or without reasonable accommodation
- Excellent communication and organizing skills
- Knowledge and interest about natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians
- Must be comfortable living independently in a remote area
- Excellent public speaking skills with diverse audiences
- Grounds maintenance experience
- Integrated pest management experience
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental science, natural resource management, park management, cultural/historic preservation, education or a related discipline.
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.