Lava Beds National Monument - Interpretation Member


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Sabrina Caruso

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Tulelake, CA
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Lava Beds National Monument, is seeking two member to contribute to interpretive projects alongside NPS Staff.


Position One:

Start Date: July (exact start date TBD)

End Date: November (exact end date TBD)

*an 20 week minimum commitment is required *


Position Two:

Start Date: July (exact start date TBD)

End Date: September (exact end date TBD)

*an 11 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.

For more information about Lava Beds National Monument, please visit the NPS website.


Position Overview:

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.

Schedule: 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.




  • 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.
  • To learn more about position eligibility requirements, please visit our usaconservation website.


  • 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 fields 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.
  • Comfort working outside to gather park data information and inside at a desk.
  • Experience working with school groups.


Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.Mainly indoor, office environment conditions; indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.


To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to ACE's online application page for this position on our usaconservation website. Early consideration will be given as applications 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 Western Member Manager, Sabrina Caruso (email can be found under staff directory).


EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

Compensation Information

Position Benefits:

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.

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.

Housing: 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.

Travel/Training Stipend: Position One: Travel Stipend of $250. Position Two: Travel Stipend of $200.