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Interpretation Member - Tule Lake National Monument

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Tule Lake National Monument, is seeking one Interpretation Member to contribute to interpretive projects alongside NPS Staff.

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Start Date: Early June *Some flexibility for the right candidate*
End Date: 18 weeks after the anticipated start date
*an 18 week minimum commitment is required *

Location Details/Description: Tule Lake National Monument, CA.

Tule Lake is in remote northeastern California and sits on a dry lakebed in the shadow of the Medicine Lake Shield Volcano. Surrounding the lake is a high desert landscape that converts into a ponderosa pine forest along the south boundary of nearby Lava Beds National Monument.
The Tule Lake National Monument includes both the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, and Camp Tulelake, which was first a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, then an additional facility to detain Japanese Americans, and finally a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian POWs.

Position Overview:
The member will primarily be serving at the visitor center and providing interpretive programs at the Segregation Center jail and Camp Tulelake. They serve as the main point of contact for many visitors while staffing the visitor center front desk. At the desk they will be responsible for providing accurate information about the park and surrounding area to visitors. When working at the visitor center they will also assist stocking the bookstore and making sales. The member will also have time to rove independently and provide informal interpretation through rove contacts and social media posts.

They will support the community by providing education programs to the local and regional school groups and creating and presenting interpretive programs on the history of the Civilian Conservation Crop and Japanese American incarceration during WWII to the visiting public. If there are community outreach events will member will assist with those events by creating display and staffing information tables.

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.

Scheduling: ACE members will typically work 40 hours per week. Work weeks will include weekend and some holidays but will include two back-to-back days off each week.

Position Benefits:

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $500/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 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.

Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term.

Housing will be either a shared apartment or a house. Both options will include all basic furniture, sofa, dining table and chairs, desk, dresser, and a twin bed. The kitchen includes an oven, stovetop, microwave, and refrigerator. WiFi is provided.

Housing will be provided at the Lava Beds, just over 20 miles from the Tule Lake Visitor Center. A government car will be provided for transportation between housing and the VC. From housing, the nearest town is Tulelake, where you can secure fuel and basic grocery necessities. There are three restaurant options either in or near Tulelake. About an hour north you can also access Klamath Falls (this is where you will want to do most of your shopping). You'll find lots of shopping options for groceries and other basic needs, as well as several restaurant options and entertainment options.

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.

  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by 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).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • 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.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website

Preferred Skills:
  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing two years of related course work, work experience or a Bachelor's degree in related field such as history, communications, environmental studies, environmental education, community/regional planning, recreation management, or cultural resource.
  • Attention to detail, organized, and experience working in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to think critically, creatively and be a self-starter.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people and collaborate with others (NPS staff and partners) toward a mutual goal.
  • Comfort working outside to gather park data information and inside at a desk.
  • Experience working with school groups.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Ability to move up to 25 pounds.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate
  • Travel: This position does not require unique travel.

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.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by 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:

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 National Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy at

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.