American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.

Apr 29, 2019
$2,180 monthly
Summary:   American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking  3 Interns  to work directly with the Cultural Resources staff and assist with Historic Preservation Projects. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in construction trades who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of historic preservation trades.   Start Date: 6/3/2019 End Date: 10/18/2019 * A minimum  20 -week commitment is required *   Location:  The positions are based in Ventura, California and work projects will be located in Channel Islands National Park (offshore from Ventura), Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (Thousand Oaks, California, vicinity) and Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego, California).   Project Website:  For more information about TTAP, please visit ( For more information about site name, visit , , . For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: .   Compensation:  ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of ~$ 545 /week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.   Housing:  ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at a cost of approximately $10 - $15 per night for the duration of the internship.   AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2255.24) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.     Position Description:    Traditional Trades Apprentices assist park maintenance or preservation staff with building maintenance projects to preserve historic sites in the national park. These projects include general building maintenance; building stabilization; providing utility services; equipment maintenance. Projects will require the use of minor skills in carpentry, painting, plumbing, mechanical engineering, landscape and orchard maintenance.     Schedule :  Transportation between the islands and the mainland will take 1-3 hours each way, depending on which island is the destination. Traditional Trades Apprentices may be required to stay on the island for up to one tour of duty (Tuesday to Tuesday, or similar schedule).  Project work at Cabrillo National Monument will require travel to San Diego, CA.   Project Conditions : Projects at Channel Islands National Park will be performed in a remote island setting. The Traditional Trades Apprentices will be required to travel within the park. Travel to the islands will be via park or concessionaire boat or by plane. Traditional Trades Apprentices may be subjected to inclement weather, rough seas, high winds and if susceptible, motion sickness.   Island temperatures range from approximately 40-85 degrees. Work projects can be in uneven terrain and on steep slopes. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn particular to work project. Personal protective equipment will be provided by the park.   The Traditional Trades Apprentices will be using a variety of hand tools and power tools. They may be doing hard physical labor and should be able to lift at least 20-30 pounds.   Each Traditional Trades Apprentice should determine their personal skills and abilities pertaining to their assigned tasks. Every worker has the responsibility to themselves and their co-workers to work within safe limits.   Traditional Trades Apprentices will stay in assigned park housing when accomplishing work on Channel Islands.     Training : Traditional Trades Apprentices will receive training for specific job duties as needed by the supervisor, or from other park staff assigned by the supervisor. When working on Historic Preservation projects, Traditional Trades Apprentices will be provided training particular to the specific job duties assigned. Safety issues and concerns will be addressed to inform and train the Traditional Trades Apprentices regarding important skills necessary to the nature of the job. You will receive an orientation and safety briefing about the park, the project, and the boat, plane, or helicopter.  Participants must realize their own abilities and accept full responsibility for working safely.   Formal 2-week Training at Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park:  June 17 to 28 NPS and industry professionals will teach apprentices safety techniques, preservation philosophy, and technical trades skills.  During this instruction, TTAP apprentices complete core curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), an industry leading certification program for maintenance and craft professionals. This training will be based at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Apprentices living outside commuting distance will be provided housing, travel, and per diem expenses coverage by ACE throughout the training period. For the remainder of the program, apprentices hone their skills alongside NPS craftspeople at their host parks.   Equipment : All project equipment and tools will be provided. Traditional Trades Apprentices will be responsible for wearing appropriate attire including sturdy work boots. Traditional Trades Apprentices will bring their own food and water. All personal protective equipment will be provided.    Safety : Traditional Trades Apprentices preserve and protect the special resources of the national park units, and the park is concerned about your safety. Safety is a part of each work day; no job is so urgent that it cannot be done safely. You will receive a thorough orientation and will be trained on how to safely perform assigned work, including the operation and use of any equipment. It is your responsibility to meet with your supervisor to become fully briefed on the following concerns:   Boating : All Traditional Trades Apprentices traveling on NPS boats must complete a boating self-assessment annually, watch the online boating safety videos and thoroughly read the Boat Transportation Guide. Each transportation morning, TTAP Apprentices must arrive at least 45 minutes early to check in and attend the Captain's safety briefing. Captains have the right to prevent any individual or group from boarding or leaving the vessel. Failure to follow a direct order from the Captain or designated crew will result in suspension for the individual or group from traveling on park boats.   Specific Project Background and Objectives:  Anacapa Water Catchment Basin Repair:  This project involves concrete repair and joint sealing at a historic water catchment basin that originally provided fresh water to the historic Light Station development on Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park. Stone Masonry Wall Repair at Peter Strauss Ranch:  This project involves stabilizing, reconstructing, and repairing mortared stone walls at a residential historic development at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Painting Historic Buildings : Depending on need, work may include painting historic wood buildings at Santa Monica Mountains and/or concrete buildings on Anacapa Island. Light Station Stabilization:  We may stabilize and repair a small light station on Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park. Repair Timber Posts at Cabrillo Visitor Center:  This project involves removing/replacing damaged sections of large timber posts that support the main Visitor Center building at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California. General Preservation Maintenance:  This work may include roofing, siding repair, fence repair, etc. on historic resources at the three National Park units.  
American Conservation Experience San Diego, CA, USA Intern