Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking a DHA Tribal Communications Member interested in dedicating 11 weeks in support of the National Park Service at the Northeast Region’s Office of Tribal and Cultural Affairs.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is passionate about tribal engagement and strengthening lines of communication between federal responders and tribal contacts.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org


Start: Late May/Early June 2021

End: Mid-August 2021 (or 11 weeks after start date)

*11 weeks minimum commitment required*


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is a professional development internship that introduces undergraduate and graduate students, from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Parks, to career opportunities within Cultural Resource Management in the NPS. Applicants must be 18-30 (up to 35 for Veterans) and be in pursuit of a higher education degree.

A DHA (Direct Hire Authority) Internship targets exceptional upper-level undergraduate or graduate students that are interested in pursuing careers with the NPS. DHA positions will be rigorous internships that develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.

DHA applicants will be involved in cultural resource management projects that generate data and/or research that must be analyzed and presented to various stakeholders at the end of the internship. If the position is an education or interpretation project, the participant must research, develop, and pilot a program or materials for use at the host site. After successful completion of the internship, and graduation from their degree program, the intern will receive DHA non-competitive hiring eligibility.


Location: The Northeast Region Office of Tribal & Cultural Affairs (TCA) is physically located within the historic Boott Mills, part of Lowell National Historical Park.

For more information regarding the Northeast Region, please visit the NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1651/index.htm

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $560/week to offset the cost of food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is not provided by ACE or NPS, but park staff can assist the member with locating suitable accommodations. A reimbursement of $750/month will be provided to help offset the cost of housing.

Project Background and Goals: This position will support a geospatial web tool currently in development that will allow federal responders to more effectively communicate with the appropriate tribal contacts in emergency scenarios. The tool’s initial proof-of-concept was developed by two CRDIP DHA members in 2018. Since that time, one of those CRDIP DHA members, Colleen Truskey, has taken on the role as project lead after receiving funding provided to the NPS by the Department of the Interior.

The tool uses two linked web-based mapping applications that visualize publicly available data on tribal areas of interest within the United States, recall accurate contact information for tribal nations, and enable real-time editing of the linked datasets. The technical structure of the tool is largely complete and the bulk of the remaining work will consist of consulting with tribal nations on the final structure of and data contained within the tool.

Position Description: The ACE member will take a primary role in the communication work around this project and will observe government-to-government consultations with federally recognized tribal government officials and communicate directly with indigenous communities, federal agencies, and other partners about project needs and priorities. This work will be in direct support of the government’s tribal trust responsibilities, a critical function of the federal government with wide-ranging implications. Duties will include:

  • Compiling relevant information on federal and tribal law, emergency response protocols, treaty rights, and sovereignty issues
  • Drafting FAQ sheets, application use instructions, and other informational materials for distribution among federal, tribal, and state partners
  • Observing government-to-government consultations between federal agencies and federally recognized tribal nations
  • Learning federal responsibilities to tribal nations, best practice for meaningful consultations, balancing federal needs and tribal expectations, and putting partnership in practice to advance mutual federal/tribal priorities
  • Presenting accomplishments, completed work products, and recommendations for further engagement/communication with tribal governments and federal partners on the project to federal staff at the national level



  • Must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program
  • Experience working with tribal nations and indigenous communities
  • Familiarity with fundamental concepts including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and federal trust responsibilities to tribal nations
  • Willing to travel occasionally to visit tribal communities and other federal offices as necessary
  • 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)
  • A personal vehicle for non work related tasks.
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences


  • In pursuit of obtaining a bachelor/master/PhD degree in history, anthropology, sociology, government, Native American studies or other relevant field
  • GIS experience

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.

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 applications are received. This posting may close at any time.

About American Conservation Experience

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.