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GIS/Resource Management Internship – Cumberland Gap, KY

Organization: American Conservation Experience & the National Park Service

Job Title: GIS/Resource Management Internship

Location: Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, KY

Hours and Compensation: $250/week + Park housing is provided at a rate of $145/month

Position Dates:

Start Date: September 17, 2012 (flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: September 16, 2013 (or 52-weeks from the start date)

Application Deadline: 

Posted On: August 23, 2012

Organization Overview

American Conservation Experience is a Non-Profit conservation corps dedicated to providing service learning opportunities for emerging land managers and conservation-minded volunteers in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings. ACE members embody an ethic of environmental stewardship, learn practical conservation skills, and explore career options while accomplishing vital conservation projects in many of America’s most spectacular open spaces. (


The ACE intern will assist Park staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks. Eighty percent of the work performed by the intern will be GIS focused and involves data collection, database management, and creating maps. The intern will spend the remaining 20% of their time in the field performing tasks as assigned. The fieldwork, which is physically demanding, will be focused on the control of either exotic plants or hemlock woolly adelgids.


Applicants must have a degree in a natural resource based curriculum or other related disciplines. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the

Required Qualifications:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 25 (candidates who are 26-29 years old and have recently?completed a relevant Master’s Degree will be considered).
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • A personal vehicle is required.
  • Personal medical insurance is required for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.

Requested Qualifications:

  • The NPS is interested in recruiting from a diverse group of candidates.
  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management.
  • Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with ?knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases.
  • Practical knowledge of geographic/cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management, and ?database management.
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs.
  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources; for example, range, ?wildlife, soil, water, minerals and others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about the application of GIS with planners, resource specialists, ?managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.
  • Ability to communicate ?effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner.
  • Plant identification (field work may require collection of threatened and endangered plant species).
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain.
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a GIS/Natural Resources professional.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references in ONE document to with “NPS CUGA GIS Internship” in the subject heading of your email. NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call the Conservation Internship Supervisor, Melissa Burns at (801) 946-5379.

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