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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking one member to contribute to GIS projects alongside National Park Service staff in the Land Resources Division.

About Build Up Technical Internship Program: This position is part of the Build Up Technical Internship Program facilitated by the Historic Preservation Training Center. The Build Up Technical Internship Program is working to expand and diversify the National Park Service workforce while addressing critical maintenance needs by providing professional experiences in technical fields to students and recent graduates.

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Start Date: May / June 2024

Estimated End Date: 11 weeks after start date

*an 11-week minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Remote, Land Resources Division

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Position Overview: The Land Resources Division guides and supports the land acquisition program for the National Park Service (NPS). Since its inception in 1916, the NPS has served as the ultimate caretaker of America's most valuable natural and cultural resources, while providing for public use and enjoyment of those resources. Today, the National Park System totals more than 84 million acres, yet more than 2.6 million acres of privately owned lands remain within NPS boundaries. Acquisition of all privately owned land within a given park boundary is not always necessary and, in some cases, not feasible. However, many of these lands are important for visitor use and preservation of resources and have therefore been identified to be protected in fee or by scenic/conservation easement interest.

The GIS member will assist the Intermountain Region (IMR) in developing procedures and processes for identifying ownership, documentation, and GIS mapping of Park roads and other third-party property rights. The work will entail: 1) Detailed cartographic research and analysis as well as the organization of land records information to determine ownership rights of road assets across units within the Intermountain Region of the National Park System. 2) Research and analysis will inform the creation or updating of land status, ownership geospatial database information and the preparation of GIS mapping

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: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; may be flexible.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $1,000/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Direct Hire Authority: This position is classified as a DHA (Direct Hiring Authority) Internship. DHA positions target exceptional, current upper-level undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.

DHA applicants will be involved in visitor use management and resource protection projects and be required to deliver a presentation to park leadership. After successful completion of the internship and all DHA program requirements, and after graduation from the member's degree program, the member will be eligible to receive DHA non-competitive hiring eligibility.

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

Professional Development Stipend: The Build Up member will receive $1,000 of professional development funds that can be used for approved purposes.

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 online technical modules focused on working with land records and ArcGIS Pro tools, one-on-one and small team sessions with other Lands staff members.



  • 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 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 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.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree with emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as Geography, Cartography, or Geoscience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of land and title records, boundary surveys and experience with developing and maintaining geospatial land status/parcel information.
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a small team.
  • Deep interest in developing skills and experience utilizing GIS to document and depict land status information. This is a critical skill set with any organization involved with land management.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting or standing while operating computer equipment. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires the ability to view electronic documents and computer applications on a computer screen.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Ability to move up to 5 lbs. (computer equipment setup).
  • Environmental: Mainly indoor, office environment conditions; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office.
  • Travel: This position may require domestic travel.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) will spend most of their time in an office setting. If travel to a park site is needed, 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.

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: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Member Coordinator, Historic Preservation Training Center Programs, Kyle Ellison at

EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.