Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Death Valley National Park is seeking ONE Night Sky Program Member to contribute to Night Sky Program development and delivery to the public alongside NPS Staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: Flexible for the right candidate
End Date: 8 weeks after start date
*a 8 minimum commitment is required*
Location: Death Valley National Park stretches across the states of Nevada and California. The park is home to the hottest, driest, and lowest elevation in North America. During the summer Death Valley is often one of the hottest places on Earth with temperatures regularly exceeding 120°F. Gift shops, gas, and convenient stores can be found within the park’s boundary. However, the closest amenities (major grocery stores, restaurants) are an hour outside of the park in the town of Pahrump. Cell service and Wi-Fi connectivity can be spotty. Las Vegas is two hours away and hosts a major airport and all big city amenities and entertainment.
For more information about Death Valley National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $692.40/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at the cost of $105.95 biweekly ($211.89/month) for the duration of the term. Housing is a shared dormitory with individual rooms, large shared kitchen and living room space.
Scheduling: Members may work an irregular schedule of five (5) nine (9) hour days one week and four (4) nine (9) hour days the following week. Shifts will include working nights and evenings to deliver night sky programming and facilitate star party events.
Primary duties of the member will include the development of accessible content for the parks website and social media. This will entail the research of night sky concepts and themes, and accessibility best practices. Selected members will reach out to accessibility organizations to build connections with underserved communities and develop one indoor night sky program or pop-up.
Additional duties will include day to day operations of the park’s visitor center: opening and closing procedures, answering general inquiries from the public, facilitating informal education programming to small groups, junior ranging programs and other duties as assigned. Members will work with students who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing (BVI/DHH) and will utilize/adapt accessible resources through NASA, including tactile graphic books and 3D printing templates.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals.
Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contract.
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.
Must be 21+. 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.
Competitive applicants for this position should have relevant experience in public engagement and group facilitation.
Knowledge of program development and delivery.
Interest in night sky and astronomy.
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.