🔗Traditional Trades Advancement Program Member – Landscape Stewardship Corps – Hot Springs National Park
Website American Conservation Experience
Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP)
Landscape Stewardship Corps – Internship
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK (Hot Springs, AR)
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: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/landscape-stewardship-corps.htm
For more information the American Conservation Experience please visit: www.usaconservation.org
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 https://www.nps.gov/hosp/index.htm.
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
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 https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
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.