Ancestral Lands Career Institute Internship

Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. Southwest Conservation Corps – Ancestral Lands, is focused on connecting Native American youth, young adults, and Post-9/11 military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. Our program promotes professional and personal growth, experiential learning, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship while incorporating the guiding principles of community, dedication, challenge, integrity and fun.  We operate conservation service programs across the region that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.

Title: Ancestral Lands Career Institute Internship

Start/End Date: May 23, 2016 – November 18, 2016 (26 week program)

Salary: $404/week living allowance, plus AmeriCorps Education Award

Reports to: US Forest Service Supervisor, Ancestral Lands Program Coordinator

Location or Site:  Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands. 

Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $2,877, 2 years non-competitive employment status with the USDA Forest Service.


Interns will serve in pairs and will work with the US Forest Service, completing meaningful conservation work on the forest by building off of the intern’s knowledge and experience.  A key component of the project work will be for the interns to engage the local Native American community and assist in building connections between the community and the forest.   As part of the community engagement, interns will plan and implement a Youth Play/Learn/Serve (PLS) activity that engages at least 20 local youth.  Examples of PLS activities are a youth hiking club, volunteer service day, or educational program at the US Forest Service site.  Other responsibilities include: participating in an initial orientation and training, presenting at the Society for American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) national training program, connecting with a Native American mentor from the US Forest Service or other land management agency, and participating in a closing workshop that focuses on exploring the development of an Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps (ALCC) program in the local community.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions the Internship Position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and be able to safely lift 75 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Member of a Native American Tribe, or identifies as American Indian/Native American
  • Age 18-35
  • Desire to work as part of a team
  • Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to carry out and accomplish objectives in a timely manner
  • Willingness and ability to travel by air for up to a week at a time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Inquisitive nature
  • Strong background in the sciences and/or Native American studies

Participation Requirements:

Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences

  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service.  Members must commit to participating in all activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.

Safety and Judgment

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance.
  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.

Environmental Ethics

  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques, as appropriate.
  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project.

To Apply:

Please submit an online application at:, under the Ancestral Lands Career Institute tab. If you have questions, contact Chako at, or Lauren at

For more information about Conservation Legacy Programs, please visit Southwest Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.


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