Title: Maintenance and Natural Resource Management Individual Placements

Location: Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD

Positions Available: 2 Internships

Dates: May 28th, 2024 – November 22nd, 2024 (26 weeks)

Pay: $600/week

Status: This is a full-time, temporary 900 hour AmeriCorps National Service position. 

Contact: Questions? Email [email protected]

This is a great opportunity to learn more about a career in park maintenance or resource management and land stewardship! The Maintenance and Resource Management Individual Placement is an internship position based at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

The Maintenance and Natural Resource Management Individual Placements will serve directly with National Park Service staff with the Maintenance and Resource Management divisions to complete a wide variety of field projects. The position will be involved primarily with activities related to the maintenance of landscapes throughout the battlefield including the National Cemetery and established warm season grasslands. Interns will use equipment such as mowers, hand trimmers, hand tools and backpack and tank herbicide sprayers to accomplish tasks and will be required to operate passenger vehicles and light trucks. The interns will assist with custodial duties, set-up tear down for special events, invasive and exotic vegetation management, maintaining trails and rebuilding of historic fencing. There may be opportunities to assist with monitoring of meadows and reforestation sites. At times may assist with cultural resource activities such as painting historic tablets, construction scaffolding and cleaning battlefield monuments and headstones.

Training may be provided in First Aid/CPR, plant identification, herbicide use and safety, landscaping and pruning and other subjects as needed.

The work involves standing, bending, walking and a moderate amount of physical exertion. Intern may be required to lift items weighing up to 25 pounds in performance of assigned duties.  Most work is performed outdoors where the intern may encounter variable weather conditions and exposure to insects, poison ivy and snakes. Work performed indoors is in an office or workshop setting.

Housing is NOT provided for this position.

Tagged as: Conservation


To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Preferred Skills:

Possess a valid driver’s license

Willingness to work as part of a team

Physically capable of field activities (hiking, carrying backpacks and equipment) in adverse conditions (high heat, high humidity, biting insects, rough terrain, inclement weather)

Comfortable working in a field and office environment

Demonstrated experience working in a field environment

Experience working on small teams

Familiarity with local plant identification

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.

Application Instructions

Apply via the application on our website, www.appalachiancc.org/individualplacements. A resume and cover letter are required to be considered for this position. Please complete all evaluation questions as needed.