Education and Outreach Member - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove) @ American Conservation Experience

Education and Outreach Member - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove)


Education and Outreach Member - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove)

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with National Park Service, is seeking THREE Education and Outreach Members. During the spring and fall, members will work alongside Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff to present education programs for students in grades K-12. In the summer, members will create and provide interpretation / outreach programs for park visitors, rove trails, and assist with wildlife and traffic management.

TWO 24-week positions:

Start Date: May 8, 2022 (some flexibility available for the right candidate)

End Date: November 5, 2022 (or 26 weeks after start date)

a 26 -week minimum commitment is required

For full 24-week position description and to apply, visit:

ONE 16-week position:

Start Date: April or May (flexibility for right candidate)

End Date: July or August (or 16 weeks after start date)

a 16 -week minimum commitment is required

For full 16-week position description and to apply, visit:

Location : Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Townsend, TN

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing and has a large collection of historic structures for visitors to explore. An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Visitors also enjoy vehicle-free days throughout the summer months when the loop can be enjoyed on foot or bicycle.

For more information regarding Cades Cove and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: and history.htm.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $300 /week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: The ACE member will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.

There is no cell phone reception in Cades Cove and a personal vehicle is required due to the site being remote with no reliable public transportation. The Member will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel. Wi-Fi is available in the office and park housing areas but can be unreliable at times.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,172.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Position Duties :

  • Independently provide high quality visitor services through contacts in Cades Cove, interpretative programs, and special events to improve the public's understanding and appreciation for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Develop and thoroughly research programs that meet National Park Service standards and share information about the park's natural and cultural resources.
  • Lead curriculum-based education programs during the spring and fall for students in grades K-12.
  • Present programs to large groups of 20-100+ people.
  • Write and create interpretive media including articles, social media posts, and bulletin board displays.
  • Assist visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by orienting them to recreational activities such as hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and other activities within the park.
  • Manage traffic and wildlife jams independently or on a team using radio communications.
  • Rove trails to provide hiker information, promote safety, and assist with clean-up.
  • Initiate tactful conversations about park resources with visitors to encourage compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Explore the work of the National Park Service by shadowing a variety of careers within the park based on the intern's interests and future career goals.



  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with 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 valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Must have a personal vehicle
  • 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 serve outdoors in varying weather conditions
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences
  • 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


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental education, interpretation, biological sciences, natural resource management, ecology, history, education, cultural resources, park management, or a related discipline
  • Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation
  • Knowledge of, or willing to research and learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Enthusiastic about serving with audiences of all ages

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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact NPS Recruitment Specialist, Victoria Yee, at

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.


Government- Federal



Townsend, TN, USA




2022-03-18 00:00