Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is seeking two members to contribute to landscape stewardship projects alongside National Park Service staff.
The Traditional Trades Advancement Program-Landscape Stewardship Corps is intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of landscape preservation or horticulture. No background or previous experience in horticulture or historic preservation is necessary.
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 about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: March 4, 2024
Estimated End Date: August 27, 2024
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is the location of President Hoover’s birth and gravesite within a commemorative landscape of restored tall-grass prairie and agricultural fields. The site is located in West Branch, Iowa, a small historic town about twenty minutes from Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa. For more information about Herbert Hoover National Historic Site please visit: https://www.nps.gov/heho/index.htm
Position Overview: Working in conjunction with a dynamic, skilled, and motivated team from Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the two ACE members will help care for diverse plantings and turf, and prune historic and specimen trees and shrubs. NPS staff will give ACE members practical hands-on training in horticulture and arboriculture skills through specific projects including the rehabilitation of the cultural landscape of the historic Miles Farmstead, a property within the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. In addition, ACE members will have the opportunity to work in masonry and carpentry on the site’s historic fences and structures.
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.
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7:00a – 3:30p.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute about 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $720/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 federal 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, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: Park housing is available at no cost to the ACE Members for the duration of the term.
Professional Development Stipend: The ACE Member will receive $1,000 of professional development funds that can be used for approved purposes.
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. Specific training will include OSHA-10 Certification and a Landscape Stewardship Fundamentals course.
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky and hilly terrain, biting insects, poison oak, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the NPS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. 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 Member Coordinator, HPTC Programs, Kyle Ellison, at email@example.com.
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.