🔗Interpretation Member – Tule Lake National Monument/Lava Beds National Monument
Website American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America's public lands.
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Tule Lake National Monument, is seeking one Interpretation Member to contribute to interpretive projects alongside NPS Staff.
For more information about ACE and to apply, please visit: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/952756.html
Start Date: May 21, 2023
End Date: September 23, 2023
*an 18 week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Tule Lake National Monument, CA.
Tule Lake is in remote northeastern California and sits on a dry lakebed in the shadow of the Medicine Lake Shield Volcano. Surrounding the lake is a high desert landscape that converts into a ponderosa pine forest along the south boundary of nearby Lava Beds National Monument.
The Tule Lake National Monument includes both the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, and Camp Tulelake, which was first a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, then an additional facility to detain Japanese Americans, and finally a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian POWs.
The member will primarily be serving at the visitor center and providing interpretive programs at the Segregation Center jail and Camp Tulelake. They serve as the main point of contact for many visitors while staffing the visitor center front desk. At the desk they will be responsible for providing accurate information about the park and surrounding area to visitors. When working at the visitor center they will also assist stocking the bookstore and making sales. The member will also have time to rove independently and provide informal interpretation through rove contacts and social media posts.
They will support the community by providing education programs to the local and regional school groups and creating and presenting interpretive programs on the history of the Civilian Conservation Crop and Japanese American incarceration during WWII to the visiting public. If there are community outreach events the member will assist with those events by creating display and staffing information tables.
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.
Scheduling: ACE members will typically work 40 hours per week. Work weeks will include weekends and some holidays but will include two back-to-back days off each week.
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, stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator. WiFi is provided.
Housing will be provided at the Lava Beds located just over 20 miles away from the Tule Lake Visitor Center. A government car will be provided for transportation between housing and the VC. From housing, the nearest town is 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.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position-specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.