American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking two Interpretation Members to contribute to public interpretation projects alongside Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park staff.
*Candidates with experience in tribal engagement preferred*
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: Ideally January, but flexibility is available for the right candidate.
EstimatedEnd Date: 16 Weeks after start date
*a 16-week minimum commitment is required*
Location Details/Description: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, GA
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is rich in both cultural history and natural beauty. Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park has more than 12,000 years of continuous human habitation. Ocmulgee is also the ancestral homeland of the Muskogean people. Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is known for its cultural history, but it has an abundance of nature as well. The park's 1,860 acres encompass many natural features and ecosystems, such as upland fields and forests, as well as wetlands along Walnut Creek and Ocmulgee River. These diverse natural resources and habitats are utilized by a rich variety of wildlife, including several endangered and threatened species.
For more information about Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park visit:www.nps.gov/ocmu.
Position Overview:The ACE Member will primarily focus on providing formal and informal public interpretation and developing content for the park social media and website that will enhance visitor experience and understanding of resource significance. The ACE Member will help identify ways that non-Tribal citizens can interpret a living culture that is not their own. The primary goal of this project is to provide memorable and meaningful learning and recreational experiences, foster development of a personal stewardship ethic, broaden public support for preserving park resources, and improve park operations with traditional indigenous knowledge.
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.
Schedule: 8:45 am- 5:15 pm. The ACE Member will work a 5-day week including weekends with two consecutive days off during the week. Schedule will vary depending on needs. Occasional evening work during special events.
Living Allowance:The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: Park housing is provided at no cost for the duration of their term. The ACE member will have their own room with a shared common space, bathroom, and kitchen. Basic cable and high-speed internet is provided.
Relocation Allowance:ACE members will have access to up to $500 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific training may include NPS interpretive principles, appropriate safety procedures, and others as assigned.
- Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the National Park Service (NPS) 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 valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
- Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
- To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
- Knowledge of and experience working with tribal communities, especially the Muskogean communities.
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing engineering or field sciences degrees and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as anthropology, archeology, natural sciences, or indigenous studies.
- Ability and willingness to collaborate with NPS staff to craft a more inclusive story.
- Knowledge of Indigenous history and cultural lifeways.
- Deep interest in Southeastern Native cultures.
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, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, 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 lbs., ability to move up to 40 pounds.
- Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates. Including hot and humid conditions.
- Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
- Travel: This position does not require unique travel.
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety:If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
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 Recruitment Specialist, Emanuel Aragon Cruz at email@example.com.
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.