ACE: Interpretation and Education - Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

American Conservation Experience

About the organization

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.


Position Description:

The ACE Members will directly assist the National Park Service engage the public in the history and significance of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site to visitors. Members will share information and meanings behind natural cultural resources, as well provide other visitor services such as staffing the visitor center, collecting tour fees, issuing park passes, and driving the visitor shuttle. They will also care for the farm's goats.

Typical duties include:

Staffing the visitor center desks, collecting fees, and selling Sandburg-related sales items in the park store
Creating and presenting formal interpretive programs to a variety of audiences
Leading tours of the historic Sandburg home
Driving the visitor shuttle
Assisting in education programs
Caring for goats at the farm area of the park including raking manure and feeding
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.

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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.
This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
Must be 21-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
US 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 required criminal history checks.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Must be able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences
Applicants should have at least two years of study above the high school level that includes coursework in areas such as history, social science, natural science, drama, and/or public speaking.


Knowledge and skills in the principles of customer service.
A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
Excellent public speaking skills.
Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome



Application instructions

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 resumes are received. This position may close at any time.

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.

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