ACE EPIC NPS GA: Education and Outreach Intern – Cumberland Island

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St. Marys, GA
United States

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Location: Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA

Cumberland Island National Seashore preserves Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. The seashore features beaches and dunes, marshes, and freshwater lakes. The national seashore also preserves and interprets many historic sites and structures.

Project Website:  To learn more about Cumberland Island National Seashore, please visit the NPS website at:

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: 

Living Allowance: The ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $630/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the intern and not provided by ACE or NPS.

Position Description: The ACE Intern will work closely with National Park Service staff to engage primarily 4th grade students in classroom and outdoor activities. They will lead a program that provides students a way to recreate and contemplate the natural world in structured and unstructured outdoor education activities on Cumberland Island National Seashore (CUIS).

Duties will include:

  • Following the prescribed curriculum that was co-developed by CUIS staff with a team of 4th grade teachers assigned by the county elementary curriculum specialist.
  • Conducting Pre-Visits to schools which focuses on the significance of Cumberland Island National Seashore and its place within the National Park Service.
  • Facilitating the following activities during the on-island visits: Forest - Food Web Activity, Beach: Carrying Capacity/Oh Crab activity, Sea Camp Amphitheatre: Animal Adaptations
  • Conducting Post Program School Visits to schools after the on-island visit to witness the products that the students created after their inspiring visit to the island;
  • After the conclusion of the prescribed curriculum-based education program, the intern will have the opportunity to discuss with CUIS staff the future of CUIS education programming. These extensions may include reaching out to after-school program organizations and/or the preparation of a pilot residential education program as time allows.


Training: CUIS staff will provide an orientation on the site and National Park Service. Additionally they will provide training on the content and deliver techniques of the curriculum-based education program developed by CUIS staff and local 4th grade teachers and allow the intern to shadow staff.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree or certification in elementary education, natural resources, biology, or a similar field. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.


  • 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
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals, ACE staff, and the general public.
  • Must be organized and positive and be able to communicate with people of all backgrounds.
  • Must be willing and physically able to work in conditions that at times will be hot, humid, and environmentally challenging, and require some physical manual labor for extended periods of time.
  • Proficient in English
  • Must be 21-35 years of age (Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
  • Deep interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Experience working in classroom and outdoor settings
  • Knowledge of state education standards
  • Familiarity with the National Park Service

How to Apply:

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: 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 SpecialistMadison Douthitt at (828) 329-4793 or


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.

Contact Name:

Madison Douthitt

Contact Phone:

(828) 329-4793

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