American Conservation Experience (ACE) Hosts a Virtual Open House For National Park Service (NPS) Academy Positions Aimed to Increase Representation in National Parks

ACE Launches Recruitment for the 2023 NPS Academy which provides training, hands-on experiences, and NPS career exploration opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ – November 7, 2022 –  The American Conservation Experience (ACE) is hosting virtual open houses sharing information about openings in the 2023 National Park Service (NPS) Academy cohort. The NPS Academy is an immersive program enabling young adults to explore NPS career opportunities within a cohort of their peers who share the common goal to see more representation in National Parks and public lands. The open house will be held at 6:00 pm ET on November 15 and 6:00 pm PT on November 16, 2022.  

“At ACE, we are dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for young adults and emerging professionals of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience,” said ACE CEO Laura Herrin. “This includes increasing access for historically marginalized communities to career opportunities in the conservation field.”

The NPS Academy, which is funded by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, includes training, job shadowing, and mentorship opportunities while developing a network of emerging conservation and park leaders. NPS Academy participants have been placed in some of the nation’s most popular parks, such as Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Acadia National Park. ACE has coordinated the hiring, management, and support of the Grand Teton NPS Academy cohort in partnership with the NPS for the past five years. 

 The virtual open house will share program details including application criteria and guidelines for the 2023 NPS Academy which includes placements that begin during the summer months and vary in length from 12 weeks to 52 weeks. The open house is free to attend and participants may sign up by contacting Deidra Goodwin, ACE EPIC – NPS Academy Program Manager, at For more information about the NPS Academy program, please visit


About the American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Founded in 2004, the American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains young adults and military veterans from all backgrounds to complete a range of restoration and historic preservation projects while building the next generation of land stewards. Participants gain professional skills and cultivate their conservation careers through ACE’s experienced staff and working alongside representatives from agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and other conservation focused groups. To learn more, visit



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