Resource Management Diving Intern
Channel Islands National Park, CA


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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Channel Islands National Park is seeking ONE Resource Management Diving Intern interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the National Park Service. Resource Management Diving Intern will primarily be responsible for assisting park staff on cultural and natural resource management dives, education and outreach through social media posts, kelp forest monitoring cruises and live interactive underwater broadcasts.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in underwater resources.

Start Date: June, 2016

End Date: August 2016.

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: Channel Islands National Park, California

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Project Partner Website: For more information regardingChannel Islands National Park or the Nationa Park Service, please visit For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: 400/week, $640 relocation bonus, housing stipend.

AmeriCorps: Interns in this position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP). The EAP opportunity is for a successful term of service with an award to the Corps member upon completing 300 hours of service.

Housing: Park housing is not available. Limited housing is available through the University in Ventura.

Position Description: The interns responsibilities will include yet are not limited to: assisting park staff on cultural and natural resource management dives, such as submerged cultural sites assessments, kelp forest monitoring cruises and live interactive underwater broadcasts.

  • Work may also included terrestrial archeological monitoring and resource stewardship.
  • Education and outreach through social media posts will be a major responsibility.

Learning goals: The intern will be exposed to scientific diving in the National Park Service. As such, the intern will learn to perform a variety of tasks underwater including the use of specialized tools and equipment to accomplish resource monitoring and interpretation. This could include use of lines, reels, full face masks, surface supplied diving and Nitrox. In addition, this internship introduces the applicant to a wide variety of park related policy and procedures governing resource management in the National Park Service.

Mentoring: The intern will coordinate directly with Kelly Moore, Park Dive Officer of Channel Islands National Park and Yvonne Menard, Chief of Interpretation and Public Information Officer to create a schedule that will provide the best opportunity to learn about underwater and terrestrial park based science. The intern will be supervised by a NPS Blue Carded diver on all dives. Susanna Pershern, Audio Visual Specialist with the Submerged Resources Center will provide support in the development of educational and outreach materials including weekly blogs, instagram, twitter and Facebook posts.

Qualifications: Applicants must be between the ages of 18-35. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the Position Description. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience working with the National Park Service.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • Intern must be a certified scuba diver.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Deep interest in history preservation and underwater resources.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or

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