Interpretation Member - Lava Beds National Monument @ American Conservation Experience

Interpretation Member - Lava Beds National Monument


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Lava Beds National Monument, is seeking ONE Interpretation Member to contribute to interpretive projects alongside NPS Staff.

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Start Date: 11/28/2022

End Date: 04/07/2023

an 18 week minimum commitment is required

Location: Lava Beds National Monument, CA.

Lava Beds is located in remote northeastern California and sits on the slope of the largest volcano in the Cascade Ranger District. The high desert landscape converts into a ponderosa pine forest along the south boundary. Under the sagebrush landscape, you'll find lava flows, and over 900 lava tube caves. In addition to its outstanding geological features, the monument encompasses the main battlefields of the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the only major Indian war fought in California.

On-site housing will be provided at the Lava Beds located 22 miles from the nearest town of Tulelake, where you can secure fuel and basic grocery necessities. There are three restaurant options either in or near Tulelake. About an hour north you can also access Klamath Falls (this is where you will want to do most of your shopping). You'll find lots of shopping options for groceries and other basic needs, and well as several restaurant options and entertainment options.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $500/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


  • ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
  • Housing will be either a shared apartment or house. Both options will include all basic furniture, sofa, dining table and chairs, desk, dresser and a twin bed. The kitchen includes an oven, stove top, microwave, and refrigerator. WiFi is provided.

Scheduling: ACE members will typically work 40 hours per week. Work weeks may include weekends and some holidays but will include two back-to-back days off each week.

Position Description: The interns will assist with the park by providing education programs for school groups on the geology and cultural history of the park. Interns working during months when schools are in session will provide on average one education program per week, with school groups ranging from 15-45 students per program. The interns will work collaboratively with the interpretation division to provide visitors with information and interpretation about the park and surrounding area. Interns will be in daily contact with visitors and will assist them while working in the visitor center. When working at the visitor center interns will also assist stocking the bookstore and making sales. Interns will also have time to rove independently and provide informal interpretation through rove contacts and social media posts.

Additionally, the interns will create educational materials to use during outreach events, such as bird identification using bird photos and skulls that might be used during a bird day type of event. Throughout the year LABE participates in outreach events almost monthly, during the individual internships the interns will likely participate in up to three different outreach events each, where they will staff an information table and use the activities they have created to educate visitors about the park's resources. During these outreach events. The interns could interact with up to 500 people per day.

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.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility.



  • 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).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Due to the remote location of Lava Beds and park housing the intern will need a vehicle to be able to go grocery shopping.
  • 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.
  • To learn more about position eligibility requirements, please visit our website here

Preferred Skills:

  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing two years of related course work, work experience or a Bachelor's degree in related field such as environmental studies, environmental education, community/regional planning, recreation management, natural resource management, geography, geology or history.
  • Attention to detail, organized, and experience working in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Self-starter.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and collaborate with others (NPS staff and partners) toward a mutual goal.
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Comfort working outside to gather park data information and inside at a desk.
  • Experience working with school groups.

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 Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Emanuel Aragon Cruz at (910)-849-6252 or ecruz

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.


Government- Federal



Tulelake, CA, USA




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