ACE: Visitor and Resource Protection Position, Capitol Reef National Park - AmeriCorps Eligible

  • American Conservation Experience
  • Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
  • Feb 05, 2020
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Environmental Protection Parks

Job Description

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking one member to serve in a Visitor and Resource Protection Position interested in dedicating 26 weeks in support of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. The intern will carry out a mixture of natural resource management and visitor protection duties focused on trail patrols, graffiti removal and other resource protection related projects.  

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management.


Start Date: Early April, 2020 (somewhat flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 26 weeks from start date

* A minimum 26-week commitment is required * 


Location:  Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah


Background: Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.


Project Website:  For more information regarding Capitol Reef National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: 


Compensation:  The ACE intern will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $435/week for food and incidentals. Onsite housing is provided by NPS (no pets or family members) at no cost to the intern. The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel.


AmeriCorps: These positions may be eligible for a 900-hour ($3,047.50) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Position Description: This placement involves hiking several miles a day on consecutive days, driving long distances on unimproved roads, backpacking overnights carrying a heavy pack on patrols, all taking place in a desert environment which will include extreme heat, monsoons and flash floods, insects, and dusty conditions.

Visitor & Resource Protection duties include: patrolling backcountry roads, trails and off-trail routes; contacting park visitors in backcountry/wilderness settings; explaining park regulations and safety issues; monitoring trail, road, and spring conditions; conducting informal resource condition assessments; conducting minor maintenance to signs, primitive campsites, and trailheads; assisting with issuing backcountry permits; and assisting the V&RP staff with emergency responses such as emergency medical services, search & rescue, and flash flood response.

Resource Management duties include: participating in the park's graffiti removal and prevention program by mitigating damage to rock walls, contacting visitors about graffiti's impact on the park and installing signs; maintaining a presence on park trails and canyon routes to educate visitors about graffiti and other resource damage.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree and/or have experience in interpretation, cultural resource management, environmental studies, history, ecology, biology, natural resource management, recreation management, park management, or a related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group.


  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner; 
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation;
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Must be 21-35 years of age (Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties);
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request);
  • Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check;
  • Must be able to handle physically demanding field duties, hiking several miles a day, backpacking overnight, carrying a heavy pack on patrols; all taking place in a desert environment which will include extreme heat, insects, and dusty conditions.


  • Skills such as EMS training;
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.


Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional / academic references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Jen Wells at


EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO