Title: Summer Resource Management Individual Placements

Location: Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD

Positions Available: 6 Internships

Dates: May 28th, 2024 – August 16th, 2024 (12 weeks)

Pay: $600/week

Status: This is a full-time, seasonal 450 hour AmeriCorps National Service position. 

Contact: ​Questions? Email [email protected]

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

This year, 2 IP’s will be placed with the Natural Resource Department, and 4 with the Maintenance Department for the entirety of the summer depending on experience and preference. Interns will have the opportunity to cross train during their term.

The Natural Resource Management Individual Placements at Antietam National Battlefield will serve directly with and under the supervision of National Park Service staff with the Resource Management Division to complete a wide variety of field projects. The 12-week position will be involved with activities related to the preservation of the cultural landscape. Projects will include invasive and exotic plant control through use of chemical and manual methods, establishment and maintenance of warm season grasslands/meadows, orchard maintenance, water monitoring, IPM, assisting with GIS data collection, and vegetation identification. The intern will also be involved with meadow and reforestation monitoring.

Maintenance Interns – 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. Trail maintenance activities such as mulching, cutting back vegetation and tree removal will also be performed with other park staff and interns. The intern will be required to operate passenger vehicles and light trucks, along with operating a variety of hand and power tools such as trimmers, and backpack and tank herbicide sprayers. The intern may assist with cultural resource management activities as well.

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

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

How to apply: 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.