Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Medgar and Myrlie Evers National Monument, is seeking one member 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 30, 2024
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Jackson, Mississippi honors the life and work of two important civil rights figures, Medgar and Myrlie Evers. Built in 1956, the house is in Jackson’s Elraine subdivision, the first post -World War II subdivision created for middle-class African Americans in Mississippi. The house and landscape tell a powerful story of the sacrifices the couple faced as civil rights activists and the efforts they made to protect their family. The monument links the couple’s work to a tangible place, where visitors may engage with their story and learn about the ongoing struggle for social justice in the United States. Preservation of their home landscape, and the development of walking paths, flower gardens and educational exhibits is ongoing. To learn more, visit www.nps.gov/memy.
Position Overview: Working in conjunction with a dynamic, skilled, and motivated team from the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, the ACE member will help care for plantings and turf, implement landscape preservation plans, prune historic and specimen trees, and help in a community garden significant to the Evers family.
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, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. Central Time Zone. Adjustments may be made during the summer to avoid working in the hottest parts of the day.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~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: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or the NPS. A $125/week housing allowance will be provided to help offset the cost of housing.
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 terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, 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. The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including high heat over 100° with 60-100% humidity. 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 or ACE. A government vehicle will be utilized during scheduled workdays to conduct work. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), provided by the NPS to include safety toed boots brown in color, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.