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2022 NPS Academy Native Plant 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 Native Plant Member to contribute to work with the science and resource management division on native plant propagation and restoration projects as part of the 2022 NPS Academy Cohort. During this 12-week position, the Member will primarily support a series of vegetation management projects while learning about the National Park Service (NPS) as a career path.

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Start Date: June 6, 2021

End Date: August 26, 2021

* A minimum 12-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.


Housing: Housing and travel assistance to and from park location will be provided. The ACE Member will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the position.


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: This position will normally work four 10 hr days, M -Th, starting at 7 am and ending the day at 5:30 pm.


Position Description:The NPS Academy Member will primarily assist with native plant restoration projects in Glacier National Park's vegetation management program, but may be involved in many other projects as well.

This position will assist in carrying out field activities involved in Native Plant Restoration. Activities include seed collection, seed cleaning, plant propagation, nursery maintenance, out-planting plant materials and invasive plant control. The incumbent participates in revegetation activities such as site preparation, transplanting and seeding.


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.


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: Essential skills: Ability to get along with others; a willingness to learn and work hard outdoors in sometimes harsh conditions (cold, wet, snowy, hot, dry).


Additional skills that are helpful: Willingness to learn about plant identification, restoration ecology, plant propagation and/or natural resource management


Skills that members will gain from this position: plant identification, native plant propagation, native plant restoration, invasive plant species identification and management


Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:


Physical Demands: The work requires regular physical exertion such as walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven and/or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, or reaching; in some situations the work may require physical exertion to prepare soil for planting and planting activities, and camp overnight in backcountry locations. Heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, must be lifted and carried on a regular basis. May be required to hike several miles in a day.


Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Heavy items, such as equipment packs weighing up to 50 pounds, may be lifted and carried on an occasional basis.


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
  • Participation in the NPS Academy Orientation held March 21st-25th, 2022 (travel costs covered by ACE)
  • Willing 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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