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🔗Apprentice Botanist (Crew Leader, Crew Member and limited Individual placements) – Various California National Park Locations

  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Temporary
  • San Francisco, CA
  • $550/week-$900/week position dependent USD / Week
  • November 30, 2022
  • Department: ACE EPIC
  • Job Qualifications:


    • 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.
    • 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 eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.

      Preferred Skills:

    • 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 botany, plant ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.
    • Knowledge of botany and plant identification and expressed interest in furthering a career in botany
    • Experience with the identification and management of both native and non-native plants, including in horticultural, agronomic, or nursery settings.
    • Experience using GPS and GIS software
    • An ability to hike long distances carrying a pack in National Park units to the “office”
    • Deep interest in fieldwork and a respect for nature.
  • How to Apply:

    Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest/ experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:

    Please have your cover letter state your position type & location preference(s).
    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 Specialist, Shannon Borowy at

    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.

  • Application URL:

Website American Conservation Experience

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and the California Invasive Plant Management Team (CA IPMT), is seeking 8 Members to work in National Park units across California and southern Oregon to collect native plant specimens to support vegetation restoration projects. These positions support NPS vegetation staff by focusing on identifying, monitoring, collecting, and curating plant seeds for amplification and eventual restoration efforts. All members will receive training in plant systematics, field botany, seed collection, and curation techniques, and will also have opportunities to work alongside regional botanical leaders and local NPS staff.

Of the eight position openings, there will be 2 Crew Leader positions, 4 Crew Member positions, and 2 Individual Placement positions. 

For more information about ACE and to apply, please visit:

Start Date: April or May 2022, dependent on winter precipitation

End Date: 24 weeks from the initial start date

*a 24-week minimum commitment is required*

Location: The CA-IPMT positions will be based on the type of position being offered and are dependent upon qualifications.

TWO Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader positions:
1 Crew Leader position based out of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
1 Crew Leader position based out of Lava Beds National Monument

FOUR AmeriCorps Eligible Crew Member positions:
2 Crew Member positions based out of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
2 Crew Member positions based out of Lava Beds National Monument

TWO AmeriCorps Eligible Individual Placement positions:
1 Individual Placement based out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
1 Individual Placement based out of (Park TBD)

Project Background and Objectives:
The members will become part of a coordinated seed collection effort to support National Park Service ecological restoration projects across multiple NPS units. These are developmental positions in the botanical sciences, and I will work closely with NPS vegetation staff and learn directly from other practitioners. ACE members will be provided direct technical training in the botanical systematics of California and techniques for seed collection and curation, whose fieldwork will assist in restoration planning for NPS units within the California Invasive Plant Management Team (CA-IPMT) network of parks. The project promotes restoration and plant materials development for targeted restoration activities in NPS units across California and southern Oregon. The work will increase NPS’s capacity for habitat restoration and native plant conservation through the coordinated control of non-native species, ecological restoration, and the preservation of native plants.

ACE members will assist parks in the CA IPMT network with seed collection and botanical surveys to promote native plant conservation and habitat restoration throughout the gardens. ACE Members will gain work and technical experience and have educational opportunities throughout the project. Work activities include botanical surveys to locate target populations of management interest, seed evaluation and collection, and seed curation. This project supports the seed collection essential to vegetation management in NPS units by providing the necessary native plant materials to promote the restoration of native plant communities.

CA IPMT Program Overview: One way the NPS addresses invasive species is through the Invasive Plant Management Program (IPMT). The California IPMT supports 17 partner park units located within the California Floristic Province in California and Southern Oregon. Regarded for its exceptionally high concentration of endemic plants, this region is one of 36 world biodiversity hotspots. Of the more than 4,600 species of vascular plants found in California, one-third are endemic to the region, along with over 1,000 non-native species. The California IPMT provides technical assistance to parks to identify programmatic needs, develop strategic goals, and support ongoing park projects. The California IPMT provides resources to parks for staff to complete treatments, survey and map invasive plant populations and complete native plant restorations through an annual proposal process. The California IPMT works with state and federal agencies to integrate partner parks into statewide and national networks while building multi-jurisdictional collaborations that support successful vegetation management within and around national parks.

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

$600/week for AmeriCorps Crew Members (nonbay area)
$800/week for Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader (nonbay site)
$660/week for Bay Area AmeriCorps Crew Members
$900/week for Bay Area Non-AmeriCorps Crew Leader
$550/week for AmeriCorps Individual Placement

Housing: Housing will likely be provided by the park; additional housing allowance may apply if not provided.

AmeriCorps: All positions (excluding the two Crew Leader positions) may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successfully completing service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.

The four Crew member positions at 24 weeks may be eligible for a 900-hr AmeriCorps Education Award ($3247.50).

Scheduling: A typical schedule is eight ten-hour days followed by six days off OR four ten-hour days with three days out. The schedule has flexibility but will be at the discretion of NPS units and phenological conditions.

Position Description:
This project involves the mobilization of ACE members to assist NPS land managers with botanical identification, collection, and curation of individual native plant species targeted for conservation and utilization as restoration seed sources.

There will be two three-person teams and two individual park placements. Teams work in selected parks within CA IPMT network parks (one based at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and working within the San Francisco Bay Inventory and Monitoring Network parks; the other based at Lava Beds National Monument and working within the Klamath Inventory and Monitoring Network parks. An additional two seed collection members will be individually placed within network parks (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and a TBD Park). ACE members will be trained by CA IPMT staff and other botanical experts as a cohort, receiving instruction in field botany and botanical systematics, seed collection methodologies and techniques, and seed curation techniques to match standards established by the Seeds of Success program. Seed collections will be made in close cooperation with individual park units to support future restoration operations.

This individual placement facilitates professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professional botanists. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing other work groups.

Crew Leader specific duties include:

-Provide leadership and take responsibility for a group of two Crew Members in a botanical field research setting with objective hazards traveling between multiple NPS units in urban and rural settings
-Led a small team in the identification, location, and collection of NPS-designated native plant species for collection and curation under appropriate conditions for maximum germinability
-Provide botanical identification expertise, as well as expertise in the use of crew equipment (GPS/GIS, data collection devices), proper seed collection, storage, and curation techniques
Understand and relay botany & plant ID techniques

Crew member-specific duties include:

-Identify, locate, collect, curate, and store native plant seed for restoration at the direction of the Crew Leader and under NPS guidance
-Provide botanical identification expertise to the team while improving your skills

Individual Placement specific duties include:

-Identify, locate, collect, curate, and store native plant seeds for restoration at the direction of NPS staff
-Assist with projects directed by NPS staff, including but not limited to seed collection and curation, associated horticultural tasks, restoration plantings, and invasive and rare plant surveys.
-Provide botanical identification expertise to the park while improving your skills

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

  • 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.

    As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact for details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program 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.

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    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.

    Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during this application round. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

    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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