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🔗Traditional Trades Advancement Program Member – Landscape Stewardship Corps – Hot Springs National Park

  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Temporary
  • Hot Springs, AR
  • $720.00 USD / Week
  • How to Apply:

    HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit your resume and brief cover letter describing your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional or academic references to the online application page for this position here:
    Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and the application period will close once this internship position is filled.  Questions? Please reach out to ACE Member Coordinator, HPTC Programs, Kyle Ellison, at

    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.

    If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.

  • Job benefits: Public Lands Corps Hiring Authority, $1,000 Professional Development Stipend
  • Contact Name: Kyle Ellison
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:

Website American Conservation Experience

Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP)
Landscape Stewardship Corps – Internship
March 4 – August 30, 2024

INTERNSHIP POSITION DETAILS: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities, seeks young adults interested in exploring the Traditional Trades in partnership with the National Park Service. Learn and advance your horticulture skills to become the next leaders in managing historic landscapes in our National Parks!

The Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) – Landscape Stewardship Corps interns will work alongside professional horticulturists and arborists at Hot Springs National Park to care for historic landscapes in Hot Springs, Arkansas learning about plant and cultural landscape maintenance skills. No background or previous experience in horticulture or historic preservation is necessary. A 26-week commitment is required.

For more information about the National Park Service’s Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) – Landscape Stewardship Corps please visit:

For more information the American Conservation Experience please visit:

LOCATION: In Hot Springs National Park, nestled in the heart of downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, more than 40 hot springs flow from the base of Hot Springs Mountain, twenty miles of trails wind through a forested wilderness area, and a stunning showcase of Gilded Age architecture, historic Bathhouse Row, hosts the NPS’s only brewery.  For more information about Hot Springs National Park, please visit

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Working in conjunction with a dynamic, skilled, and motivated landscape team from Hot Springs National Park, the two ACE members will help rehabilitate plantings and turf,  manage irrigation systems, and prune historic and specimen trees and shrubs in historic Hot Springs National Park.  The members will work with Natural Resource Management to treat and remove invasive species in cultural landscapes and with Archeologists and GIS specialists to care and document of cultural resources, including historic buildings.

Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm work schedule
Flower garden maintenance including planting, watering, dead heading, weeding, fertilizing, flower arranging, assisting with bedding plant selection and layout
Shrub, turf, and tree care including pruning, mulching, fertilizing, watering, and pest management
Heritage tree care
Irrigation systems
GIS documentation
Invasive species management


A weekly stipend of $720
$125/week in housing allowance
$1,000 in professional development funds for training, networking, and/or conferences
Training historic cultural landscape management and maintenance including plant care, pruning, vegetation identification, and other topics
Week-long in-person training for full Landscape Stewardship Corps at an NPS site with travel/meal expenses covered
Professional networking opportunities
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority


Learn and work as part of a team in positive and productive ways
Strictly adhere to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification, and safety protocols
Have a strong interest in history, horticulture and/or the environment and working outdoors
Participate in NPS’s Landscape Stewardship Corps’ week-long in-person training (June 2024)
Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
Be 18-30 years old at time of service (veterans up to 35 years old)
Have a High School Diploma/GED
Pass fingerprint-based FBI, state criminal, and a national sex offender check
Be able to provide proof of a driver’s license and complete an MVR check
Local candidates are encouraged to apply, but being local is not required
To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Caring for historic cultural landscapes in National Parks will require working outdoors for extended periods of time in possibly rough terrain, or in periods of heat (over 100 degrees with 60-100% humidity).  Insects may bite and wildlife, including snakes, is not always predictable.  Certain landscape tools require manual dexterity, and interns should be able to lift up to 50 pounds.  National Parks are public spaces and positive visitor interaction is expected.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

    How to Apply

    You may review NCPE's internship opportunities during the Summer and Winter application rounds without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

    Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your user name or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

    Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only, labeled Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

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    Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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