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2022 NPS Academy Backcountry Trails Member - Glacier National Park - AmeriCorps Eligible

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West Glacier, MT


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Nov 23, 2021

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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking one Backcountry Trails Member as part of the 2022 NPS Academy Cohort. During this 14 week internship, the member will work on backcountry trail projects within Glacier National Park while learning about the National Park Service (NPS) as a career path.


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Start Date: May 23, 2022

End Date: August 26, 2022

* A minimum 14-week commitment is required for the position and participation in the orientation March 21st-25th*


About NPS Academy: The National Park Service (NPS) Academy is an innovative and immersive program designed to introduce a diversity of participants, ages 18 to 30 (or Military Veterans up to 35) from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities with the NPS. Participants come away equipped with knowledge about the NPS mission and the NPS Universal Competencies that are considered the foundation of all careers in the NPS and are critical to all park service employees. The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with NPS through training and hands-on experiences. This program is generously funded by Grand Teton National Park Foundation.


Program Goals:


The major goals of the NPS Academy are to:

  • Connect a diverse group of young adults sharing a passion and curiosity for careers within the NPS
  • Deepen participants' knowledge of and personal network within the NPS by fostering an NPS mentorship relationship
  • Develop a network of emerging conservation and park leaders by building ambassadorship, storytelling, and leadership skills
  • Create a more inclusive future for public lands

Location: Glacier National Park: West Glacier, MT


Come and experience Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

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Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $480/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award $1,678.57 upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.


Scheduling: Varies; 8-10 hour days, not exceeding 40 hrs/week. Working through alternating weekends is common.


Position Description: This position involves trail tread restoration, installation and maintenance of erosion control devices, trail structure repair and maintenance such as rock wall ,turnpike, boardwalk, footbridge, and backcountry campground repair and maintenance, as well as clearing the trail corridors of winter downfall and removing woody brush to increase sight distances and decrease surprise wildlife encounters. This position is 95% outdoors and work is performed at various elevations, in all types of weather and in wooded and /or exposed terrain.


The hiking distance to work sites range from 3-10 miles daily and can occasionally exceed 12 miles. This member will have the opportunity to learn and implement Leave No Trace principles. They will operate equipment and tools to perform daily tasks and work with an experienced team on trail projects. The fieldwork is both physically demanding and challenging but extremely rewarding, offering opportunities to grow in teamwork, physical labor, and personal development, while performing trail maintenance and stewardship in the protection of Parks valuable natural resources.


In order to give the Member a well-rounded experience to develop a variety of job skills, they may also have opportunities to work on other projects, and with other work groups and park staff from natural and cultural resources, facility management, interpretation, and visitor and resource protection. The Member will work with both park staff and volunteers to accomplish tasks, and may be given opportunities to present their work to groups in informal settings. The first 1-2 weeks of this position are usually five 8 hour days in the front country during training.


This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.


Skills: An important reminder: all skills needed for this position will be trained on the job; a good attitude, curiosity for learning, and a willingness to work hard contributing to the team are the only prerequisites to finding success.


Essential skills: Ability and Desire to safely work as a team member, ability to hike with day pack and tools with or without reasonable accommodation.


Additional skills that are helpful: Experience or willingness to learn about backcountry trail maintenance, backcountry camping, hand tools, power tools, and basic construction and re-vegetation. The member will attend new employee orientation, and will also be placed with an experienced backcountry trail crew in Glacier National Park.


Skills that members will gain from this position: deeper understanding of resource protection through trails maintenance


Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:


Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talks and hears. Required to stoop, kneel, climb, and/or crouch.


Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.


Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 25 pounds, occasionally moves up to 50 pounds.


Environmental: Moderate noise such as chainsaw and other power equipment


Travel: This position requires backcountry travel on foot.


Environmental: The work is performed primarily in the field. The work performed in the field involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects and wild animals.


Travel: Occasional overnight travel to other areas of the park may occur.


ACE Requirements:

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Attendance of the NPS Academy Orientation held March 21st-25th, 2022 (travel costs covered by ACE)
  • Participation in summer workshopsWilling 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 current and valid form of ID (will be required to provide copies of ID's upon hiring)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and NPS Academy, as well as contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Member Coordinator, Deidra Goodwin at


EEO: 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.


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