ACE: Habitat Restoration Positions, Pinnacles National Park - Habitat Restoration - AmeriCorps Eligible - CA (San Francisco)


: $32,790.00 - $47,760.00 /year *

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  • National Park Service
  • CA, USA
  • $360/week
  • Hourly
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC


Summary:American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit youth conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) at Pinnacles National Park is seeking two to three members to work in Habitat Restoration for 22weeks to directly serving with the park staff at Pinnacles National Park.

This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in habitat restoration and natural resource management through tenacity and commitment to the National Park Services' rich and unique natural and cultural resources.

Start date:February 23, 2020

End Date: July 25, 2020*

*A 22-week commitment is required

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and those receivedby 01/11/2020 will be given first consideration

Location: Pinnacles National Park, CA

Pinnacles National Park is located in California's Central Coast region of the Gabilan Mountain Range east of the Salinas Valley. The surrounding landscape is largely chaparral with areas of oak savannah and grasslands. The position is located at the eastside park headquarters in Paicines, CA. Nearest communities for shopping, doctors, hospitals, and other amenities are Hollister (40 miles, population 34,400), King City (40 miles, population 14,000), Gilroy (65 miles, population 41,400), Salinas (70 miles, population 151,000), and Monterey (90 miles, population 30,000).

Pinnacles National Park is fairly remote. Applicants must have a personal vehicle, as the nearest services are a one-hour drive in any direction. Additionally, there is no cell-phone service in the park.

Compensation:Housing will be available to one of the two to three members being recruited for this position. The member provided with housing will receive a living allowance of $360 / week paid every two weeks. The member NOT provided with housing will receive a living allowance of $440 / week paid every two weeks.

AmeriCorps:These positions may be eligible for a 675-hour ($2,321.90) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:The ACE Members will directly serve within the Division of Research and Resource Management at Pinnacles National Park.The members will serve as part of a crew conducting invasive plant eradication and habitat restoration efforts (80%). Additional duties (< 20 %) may include projects on other resource-related projects such as:

  • Seed collection
  • Planting
  • Vegetation monitoring
  • Aquatic resources
  • Wildlife resources monitoring
  • Interpretation-related projects
  • May use computer software applications (e.g., Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS etc.) to enter, process, assemble, and summarize data
  • Create reports and recommendations from natural resources projects.

Environment:Approximately 90% of this position is made up of physically demanding projects in the outdoors. Crewmembers must be able to hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Additionally, crewmembers must be willing to mix, load, and apply herbicides with the direct supervision of a licensed applicator for the purposes of vegetation control as a major part of work duties. Duties in the field includes exposure to environmental hazards including extremes of temperature and moisture, rattlesnakes, ticks and biting insects, and poison oak.

Training: The park and park staff will provide opportunities in leadership development and career exploration within the field of land management. The park willprovide training on park resource information, operating procedures, and safety protocols.

Qualifications:Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in biology, ecology, vegetation management, botany, environmental studies, natural resource management, park management, or a related discipline. The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group.


  • S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • Proficient in English
  • Must be 21-35 years of age(Membersmust beat least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check
  • An interest and ability to serve outdoors in arduous field conditions
  • Must be able to hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Must be willing to mix, load, and apply herbicides with the direct supervision of a licensed applicator for the purposes of vegetation control as a major part of work duties.
  • English proficiency


  • Practical knowledge of a wide range of field restoration skills and invasive plant control techniques
  • Local applicants are encouraged to apply
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

Please note:Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.

To Apply:Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: .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 tocontact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Dave Hecker at (see application details) or (see application details).

EOE: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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Associated topics: conservation, cultivate, geologic, hides, horse, horticulture, paddock, rangeland, waste, wildlife * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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