American Conservation Experience - Staff

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a national dynamic 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 has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support that enables interns and fellows to safely and cost-effectively implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for a variety of partners, including the US Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, US FWS and numerous state and local land management partners.


Title:                       ACE EPIC NPS Eastern Regions Program Manager

Position Location: Salt Lake City, UT or potential remote duty station*


Position Level:       Full-Time, Exempt Professional Program Manager

Position Contact:   Peter Woodruff, NPS Division Director ACE EPIC

Start Date:            Ideally Nov or Dec 2018; Position Open Until Filled


Required Duties and Responsibilities

"Conservation is a Human Endeavor"

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a 501c3, a national non-profit conservation corps with its internship program office located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We are expanding our National Park Service (NPS) Division of the Emerging Professionals Internship Corps (EPIC) program.

ACE EPIC is seeking to hire a new, full-time professional team member who is passionate about public land management and desires to work through our national 21st Century Service Corps Partnership with our federal land management partners and talented EPIC interns.

The preferred candidate has worked with, or preferably directly for, the National Park Service to balance public resource enjoyment, education, and inspiration with resource preservation. Experience working with other agencies, in higher education, or for non-profits that have a conservation/resource mission will also be very useful, as ACE works with a variety of different partners, including the Departments of Interior & Agriculture.  

The ideal candidate must have either earned a BA/BS degree (or higher) in natural or cultural resource management, geoscience, education, logistics, statistics or the environmental sciences OR have obtained sufficient professional experience to support our nation's emerging professional resource management workforce.



ACE EPIC is a targeted internship program dedicated to developing and diversifying the conservation workforce nationwide. Our partnerships with federal land management agencies, as well as private and non-profit conservation organizations, provide hands-on natural and cultural resource management opportunities for knowledgeable and committed emerging professionals. The internship programs often serve as a bridge between academia and careers for young professionals seeking positions as public servants within the Department of Interior.  The National Park Service (Eastern Regional) Program Manager position will oversee the management of NPS ACE EPIC interns and programming throughout the Eastern United States.  This includes four NPS Regional Jurisdictions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, National Capital, Southeast. 



  • Serve as the main point of contact and a mentor for ACE's NPS Interns in designated regions.
  • Oversee all ACE EPIC intern management and programming, including hiring and facilitating the onboarding of new interns with the NPS Eastern Programs.
  • Perform candidate screening and final stage interviewing. Communicate with recruitment team for outreach, references, and final selection of prospective interns/fellows.
  • Coordinate and facilitate intern trainings, orientation and alumni resources, as well as manage current interns' needs throughout their term.
  • Be available and responsive to mentor interns through the hiring, internship, and career placement cycle.
  • Collect and organize intern data, including statistics for program reporting, internship activities and measurements of success.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and enthusiasm to support workforce diversity in accordance with NPS directives.
  • Assist the NPS National Division Director with agency partnership opportunities and program development through on-site visits and responsive, proactive communication.
    • Opportunity may exist to develop towards full partnership management (as a Regional NPS Division Director) and is desired.
    • The Division Director responsibilities and corresponding promotion will be measured by performance in the Program Management role and is not guaranteed.
  • Understand and appreciate the complexity and uniqueness of the National Park Service culture while balancing the needs of a youthful intern workforce.

*Opportunity to work remotely from the Salt Lake City EPIC office exists either: at ACE Corps Branch in Asheville, NC; or potentially in other eastern location if effective justification can be given for that location. 

In order to operate remotely candidate must be a high performer with proven autonomous work experience in a comparable work setting, and be willing to travel to the national office as needed.


Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, as well as a deep interest in the welfare of ACE's member interns and relationship to agency partners.
  • Commitment to ACE's unique mission that leverages public service for youth career development & volunteerism.
  • Familiarity with NPS culture is a must; preferably direct work experience with NPS is desired, though NPS affiliate experience may also qualify.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the academic experience, as well as the challenges and uncertainties that come with youth transitioning into the workplace.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to maintain and effectively support hundreds of member interns and widely varying NPS projects across regions.
  • Strong computer management skills, including experience with recruitment software and online personnel databases, iOS, Filemaker, Excel, MS Office, and Adobe Suite software.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work well as part of a highly mobile, functional team.
    • Expectations are to engage in open and direct feedback to maintain the high quality of work we provide, and the mobile and flexible environment we enjoy.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability and desire to perform variable tasks with often compressed or unanticipated deadlines.
  • Preferably some familiarity or previous experience with AmeriCorps programming and its grant compliance
    • AmeriCorps is a component of +50% of ACE NPS members' experience.
  • Some knowledge of federal grants & agreements partnerships via Federal Uniform Guidance.
  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record and willingness to participate in extensive vehicle travel to project sites nationwide.
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends or holidays as ACE EPIC partnerships and programs require.
  • Desire to participate in field projects whenever possible.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing within our programs.

Job Benefits and Compensation:

  • Extremely flexible and dynamic full-time work schedule.
  • Regular travel to NPS duty stations throughout the country and U.S. territories
  • Casual, yet professional, non-partisan work environment with a shared outdoor & conservation ethic.
  • Potential for remote duty station exists, ifstrategy for tele-work is approved.
  • Compensation depending on experience. Estimated salary range $45,000-$55,000+
    • Level of agency experience, especially NPS, will be a strong consideration.
  • Benefit package includes health & dental insurance, vacation & sick leave accrual


Deadline / To Apply:

Open until Filled.  To apply:

You must include a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references. Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.  Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Applications submitted here:

For specific questions not answered above, please contact: Peter Woodruff at 801.989.7069, or


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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