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Interpretation Member (Oconaluftee) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park


American Conservation Experience
Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
North Carolina
Location Detail:
Job Description:

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Interpretation Member to assist with implementing and delivering interpretive programming to park visitors alongside Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) staff.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit:

Start Date: Nov 5, 2023 (flexibility may be available for the right candidate)

Estimated End Date: May 4, 2024 (or 26 weeks from the start date)

*a 26-week minimum commitment is required*

Location Details/Description: Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cherokee, North Carolina

Position Overview: In support of the mission of the National Park Service, the primary duties of the Interpretation Member will include:

Resource Education- Educate visitors about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation, and ecologically sound practices and the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources and provide for their safe and non-consumptive use.

Resource Protection- Preserving the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing degradation of ecosystems, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and fauna through information and education.

As the Interpretation Member for the South District, you will work closely with the Lead Ranger and Mountain Farm Museum Manager. You’ll assist with resource education and interpretive programs for youth and adults across western North Carolina, from the Cataloochee Valley to Fontana Lake. This includes activities such as Junior Ranger programs, recreational fly fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, guided hikes, geology talks, heritage farming, cultural demonstrations, wildlife education, astronomy programs, and much more. Members will have the opportunity to focus and develop programs on their own skills and interests within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park interpretive theme matrix.


Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts

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.

A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)

A personal vehicle

Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history check.

Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions

Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within the NPS

Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences

ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.

Members may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement or as defined by AmeriCorps.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website


Demonstrated commitment to applying JEDAI (justice, equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion) values in all aspects of work.

Willingness to work effectively on a team with a diverse range of people.

Experience or interest in working with underserved communities.

Practical or academic knowledge of the principles of interpretation, environmental education, public speaking, farm management, livestock care, and/or Appalachian lifeways.

Ability to accept professional feedback and integrate it into daily conduct and performance.

Desire to work in a fast-paced environment and ability to respond seamlessly to competing priorities.

General knowledge of or ability to learn Microsoft Office Suite products.

Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!


Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for one 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $3,247.50 upon successful completion of a complete service term and 900 hours.

Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.

Qualifying Child Care Coverage: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for qualifying child care coverage. Additional enrollment steps are required.

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 here.

Housing: The ACE Member will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the term. All housing is furnished with basic amenities and is typically in a 2- or 3-bedroom house with shared common space (kitchen, living room, deck with fire pit, laundry) and a private, lockable bedroom. Pets are not allowed, but ESAs will be accommodated. Wi-Fi may be available in housing, depending on the assigned unit.

Cell phone reception is not always reliable and a personal vehicle is required, due to the remoteness of the site. There is no reliable public transportation. Wi-Fi is always available for ACE Member use at the Oconaluftee administration building. Groceries and medical facilities are available within a 15-30 minute drive. The ACE Member will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel.

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. In addition to safety training, the Member will receive training in park resource knowledge, delivery of audience-centered / curriculum-based programs, report writing, and other position-related skills.

How 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:

This position was posted Thursday, August 17, 2023. 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 ACE EPIC Recruitment and Outreach Manager, Victoria Yee, at

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