ACE: GIS Fellowship - State, Tribal, Local Plans and Grants (STLPG)

American Conservation Experience EPIC
Washington, Iowa, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service is seeking ONE State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants GIS Fellow to assist in providing technical support for the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant programs and management of cultural resources geospatial data.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in cultural resource management out of the NPS State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division Office.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

Start Date: Spring 2021 (flexible for the right candidate)

Duration: 52 weeks

* A minimum 52-week commitment is required for this position*

Location: The State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division is located in Washington, DC. May be flexible for remote work, subject to mutual agreement. To learn more about the State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division, please visit:

Living Allowance: The ACE Fellow is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $800/week.

Housing: Housing is not provided by ACE or NPS and is the responsibility of the ACE Fellow. A housing reimbursement is available to partially offset housing costs for fellows residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Position Description: The ACE Fellow will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of cultural resource regulations, laws, and requirements sufficient to be able to address the issues of Federal grant programs, and the opportunity to develop the ability to work with a variety of professional and nonprofessional persons to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management officials and grant recipients. The fellow may propose novel ways of analyzing and gathering existing data to create visual representations of the division's grant programs and other work suitable for use on the web or print collateral materials. The fellow is expected to work with other NPS GIS professionals to understand and apply all relevant policy. Projects will typically entail a variety of assigned activities, such as information compilation, retrieval and organization, data entry, and maintenance of information management systems.

Duties will include:
  • Make regular updates to an existing ESRI web-based GIS application
  • Work in an existing ESRI web-based architectural and archeological survey application (CR Surveyor) that is being migrated into ArcGIS Field Maps
    • Assist partners in deployment, setup, and customization of this application
    • Working with partners, launch the application, updates, and additional modules (see below)
  • Build out or assist with additional survey modules in CR Surveyor as needed
  • Finalize division-specific data standards and applying these standards to create/finalize geospatial products for each of the division's grant programs; this is a priority project for this position
  • Assist staff to implement and maintain existing and future information management systems to support the mission of the Division, particularly the development of GIS products for each grant program
  • Assist staff to update databases and spreadsheets, as directed, to provide detailed information for easier compiling, summarizing, analysis or reports including geospatial data
  • Disseminate information to the appropriate personnel and perform duties in compliance with applicable guidelines and standard operating procedures

Training: The fellow's direct supervisor, the NPS Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) STLPG Grants Manager and Certified Local Government Coordinator, will provide educational opportunities for the fellow so that they understand the state and local impacts of HPF grants.


  • Must be comfortable working with ESRI GIS products, geospatial data management, and GIS application development and deployment. No basic GIS training will be provided
  • Must have sufficient skills to work mostly independently with occasional assistance from NPS staff
  • Must have general familiarity with historic preservation, cultural resources, American history, architecture, or similar fields
  • 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
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 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

  • Possess a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in geography, planning, natural or cultural resource management or other related disciplines
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the NPS and other federal land management agencies
  • Experience with graphic design and the use of Adobe InDesign
  • Familiarity with cultural resources management

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: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Member Coordinator, Jen Wells, at (973)294-2766 or

EOE: 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.