2022 NPS Academy Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps Program Logistics & Media Member

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, January 7, 2022, 5:00pm


Yellowstone National Park, WY
United States

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Start Date: 05/23/2022
End Date: 08/20/2022
* A minimum 12-week commitment and participation in the orientation March 21st-25th are required for the position*

About NPS Academy: The National Park Service (NPS) Academy is an innovative and immersive program designed to introduce a diversity of participants from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks to career opportunities with the NPS. Participants come away equipped with knowledge about the NPS mission and the NPS Universal Competencies that are considered the foundation of all careers in the NPS and are critical to all park service employees. The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with NPS through training and hands-on experiences. This program is generously funded by Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Program Goals:The major goals of the NPS Academy are to:

  • Connect a diverse group of young adults sharing a passion and curiosity for careers within the NPS
  • Deepen participants' knowledge of and personal network within the NPS by fostering an NPS mentorship relationship
  • Develop a network of emerging conservation and park leaders by building ambassadorship, storytelling, and leadership skills
  • Create a more inclusive future for public lands

Location: Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone National Park is as wondrous as it is complex. Established primarily to protect geothermal areas that contain about half the world's active geysers, the park also forms the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At 28,000 square miles, it is one of the largest, nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth and is the first national park, established in 1872.

For more information about Yellowstone National Park, please visit nps.gov/yell.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $480/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing and travel to and from park location will be provided. ACE members will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the position. Housing is within walking distance from work site. Accommodations are shared dormitory-style room.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,678.57) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Scheduling: Length of service days will typically be 8 hours but might be as long as 12 on some days, with breaks, because of evening programming for youth participants. An average of 40 hours per week will be anticipated. members will begin at 8 am. The varied schedule will include nights, weekends, and holidays.

Position Description: The member will assist NPS staff with completing important park work by facilitating deferred maintenance projects, education lessons, and recreation opportunities for teen-aged participants. One main project is to take, collect, and organize photos and create a multi-media presentation for two end of session banquets. Serving with the YCC program in Yellowstone requires a good deal of physical exertion while assisting with maintenance work projects and hiking in the backcountry.

The YCC program is a work-based learning, leadership, and outdoor recreation program in Yellowstone National Park. The main goal of the program is to encourage youth, ages 15-18, to work, play, learn, and grow in one of the world's greatest natural landscapes. The YCC program emphasizes work ethics, introduces youth to the spectrum of NPS career opportunities, supports resource education, and promotes recreational activities that encourage youth to build lifelong healthy habits.

The NPS Academy YCC members will have opportunities to explore and learn about Yellowstone National Park resources and the surrounding region; participate and teach resource education lessons; act as a liaison to enrollees and set a positive example for all; lead by actions, attitude, and enthusiasm; and nurture and encourage participants to excel within the boundaries of the program.

The members will be exposed to many conservation and environmental projects that are regularly addressed by park managers; be provided with an understanding of the NPS mission and how their work helps achieve that mission; and be introduced to many career fields.

Composition of the position is anticipated to be:

25% - take, collect, and organize photos and then create multi-media presentations and engage in social networking for the program

25% - assisting Crew Leaders on NPS-prioritized Yellowstone work projects

25% - assisting weekend staff with recreation, education activities, and career development

25% - other program support, projects, and administrative duties

Deferred maintenance projects that the members might contribute to include:

-trail maintenance;

-removing trees and brush from roadways, near buildings, and in housing areas;

-painting and staining: signs, trash cans, picnic tables, bridges, boat docks, and buildings;

-replacing bumper logs in parking lots;

-repairing and building fences;

-campground and picnic area rehab work;

-removing social trails;

-collecting native seed for re-vegetation projects.

The projects motivate youth participants to become involved in natural, cultural, and/or historical resource protection of their communities and beyond. Youth gain "real-world" experience working with NPS professionals in a park setting.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.

Skills: An important reminder: all skills needed for this position will be trained on the job; a good attitude, curiosity for learning, and a willingness to work hard contributing to the team are the only prerequisites to finding success.

Essential skills: Ability to get along with others and desire to work with youth ages 15-18; a willingness to learn and work hard outdoors in sometimes harsh conditions (cold, wet, hot, dry), ability to transport youth participants in a federal vehicle

Additional skills that are helpful: Experience with photography, photo management, and blog operations; Willingness to learn about natural resource management, youth programming and Yellowstone National park ecology and systems

Skills that members will gain from this position: youth programming experience, trail maintenance experience, and a deeper understanding of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem


Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Physical Demands: The work requires regular physical exertion such as walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven and/or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, or reaching; May be required to hike several miles in a day with a pack.

Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.

Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Must be able to move up to 50 pounds.

Environmental: The work is performed primarily in the field. The work performed in the field involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects and wild animals

Travel: Occasional overnight travel to other areas of the park may occur.

ACE Requirements:

  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Attendance of the NPS Academy Orientation held March 21st-25th, 2022 (travel costs covered by ACE)
  • 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 valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

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.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and the NPS Academy program, as well as contact information for three references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/699612.html. 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 Member Coordinator, Deidra Goodwin at dgoodwin@usaconservation.org.