Historic Trail Crew NPS Academy Member – Acadia National Park – AmeriCorps Eligible

American Conservation Experience

Opening posted: 04/22/2021 | Expires: 05/09/2021

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Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Acadia National Park, is seeking One Historic Trail Crew Member to work with Facilities Management on the trail crew, as part of the NPS Academy cohort. During this 16-week position, the s will work on a variety of historic trail projects within Acadia while learning about the National Park Service (NPS) as a career path.


Start Date: May 31, 2021

End Date: September 24th, 2021

*a 16-week minimum commitment is required *


About National Park Service Academy: The NPS Academy is an innovative and immersive program designed to introduce a diversity of participants, ages 18 to 30 from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities with the NPS. The ideal candidate is not required to have any prior experience with conservation, but will be excited to learn and explore opportunities within the NPS.

Participants come away equipped with knowledge about the NPS mission and the NPS Universal Competencies that are considered the foundation of all careers in the NPS and are critical to all park service employees. The NPS Academy maximizes career opportunities with NPS through training and hands on experiences.

Goals of the Academy are to:

  • Connect a diverse group of young adults sharing a passion and curiosity for careers within the NPS
  • Foster NPS mentor relationships deepening participants’ knowledge of and personal network within the NPS
  • Develop a network of emerging conservation and park leaders by building ambassadorship, storytelling, and leadership skills
  • Create a more inclusive future for public lands


Location: Acadia National Park- “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.” Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 3.5 million visits a year, it’s one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. The 27-mile Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views of the park’s ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes. At Acadia you can explore the park’s scenic 45-mile carriage road system or hike through forests and up mountains on 125 miles of historic hiking trails. Bar Harbor, ME amenities include restaurants, movies, and stores nearby, within a 3 mile distance, accessible via a free bus service.


Project Website: For more information about Acadia National Park please visit nps.gov/acad. or more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program or National Park Service Academy, please visit: www.usaconservation.org or npsacademy.org.


Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. ACE offers travel/relocation assistance to and from your project site as well.


Housing: Housing is not provided in the park, however ACE and Acadia park staff will help with the housing search.A reimbursement NTE $800/month for four months is available to offset the housing costs like rent and utilities. Local housing can be a challenge to identify and reserve in advance, so that search is already under way. Previous members have stayed in local AirBnBs.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1612.43) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.


Scheduling: Likely 4 ten-hour days (Monday through Thursday) and 3 days off (Friday through Sunday).


Position Description: The Academy Member position will serve their AmeriCorps term on a National Register historic trail system. The service requires very strenuous effort in moving heavy materials to and around the job site. The Member must be able to hike steep trails in all weather conditions transporting tools and personal gear and work in difficult terrain. Members routinely lift and carry items over 50 pounds.

The Academy Member will assist with rehabilitating and maintaining the following trail related structures: wooden bridges, log cribbing and steps, water bars and culverts, stone retaining walls, and stone steps and other tread structures. May assist in cutting and shaping granite. May assist in repairs to steel pins and hand rails, also erecting signs. Tools will include a wide variety of hand and power tools such as various hammers, shovels, stone tools, rock bars, digging tools, and power shop tools such as cut-off saws, grinders, and drill presses. May use powered tracked material haulers. Consistently moves heavy materials to and around the job site.

Serves under the supervision of a Trail Work Leader or higher graded trail employee. The work schedule is four ten-hour days on, three days off. The summer position is based in Bar Harbor, ME.

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


Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate within 2 years of their completion date.




  • 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.
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
    • Must be 18-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 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.


  • 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 parks and recreation management, landscaping, facilities maintenance, etc, but no previous experience or education is required.
  • Knowledge of hand-tool commonly used in trail maintenance and construction.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills, tools and their safe use and function.
  • An important reminder; all skills needed for this position will be trained on the job; a good attitude, curiosity for learning, and a willingness to work hard contributing to the team are the only prerequisites to finding success.


Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.


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.