American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking a Trails Member to assist in community engagement, trail maintenance, and volunteer and youth crew support at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park. For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: April 17, 2023
Estimated End Date: April 12, 2024
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park- Woodstock, VT
Nestled among the rolling hills and pastures of eastern-central Vermont, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to tell the story of conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America. The boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first conservationists, and later the home of Frederick Billings, the property was given to the American people by its most recent owners, Laurance S. and Mary F. Rockefeller.
Having a personal vehicle is not required, but highly recommended for commuting and to access groceries and other needs on days off. Public transportation and ride share are not available or dependable. For more information about the park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
Position Overview: The ACE Trails Member will be a mix of both field and office-based activities that may include:
Assisting the Education, Resource Management, and Facility Divisions to facilitate public outreach, events, and service projects on trails within the Woodstock Trails Partnership network.
Supporting the development and implementation of seasonal public trail celebrations.
Supporting the youth coordinator, maintenance team, and natural resources team in preparing for and coordinating youth crew projects.
Working with a wide variety of summer and school-based youth groups and teachers to develop and conduct service-learning projects on trails.
Supporting the Trail Ambassador volunteer program.
Contributing to the park’s social media and/or web content.
Managing and updating the trail databases.
Updating digital trail maps, and other supporting activities.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development, promote exposure to land management agencies, and networking with professionals. Opportunities may include gaining experience in different conservation fields (natural or cultural), and shadowing different work groups within the park.
Schedule: Full-time position Monday to Friday; 8:00/8:30 am – 4:30/5:00 pm. During the summer, a weekly schedule will occasionally shift to Tuesday-Saturday to accommodate partnering with the Green Mountain Club to lead hikes along the Appalachian Trail.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $540/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses.
Interest in trails and public lands
Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather
Ability to work both independently and with a team, especially with youth
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
Possess a degree, experience, and/or demonstrated interest in natural resources, environmental science, or a related discipline
Highly collaborative, self-motivated, organized, and flexible
Outstanding communication and teamwork skills to work effectively with partners, staff, volunteers and the public
Bilingual applicants are welcome and encouraged
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.