American Conservation Experience
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American Conservation Experience is a non-profit conservation corps offering opportunities for American corps members to take part in challenging outdoor projects in many of the most beautiful National Parks, National Forests and wilderness areas in the Western United States. We are an affiliate member of The CorpsNetwork.
American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit conservation youth corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, St. George, UT, and Santa Cruz/Lake Tahoe, CA, provides professional development and outdoor project opportunities to young adults from a wide range of backgrounds. ACE crews work on a variety of environmental and conservation projects with several land management agencies throughout the nation. ACE is seeking American corps members and AmeriCorps Professional Development Interns dedicated to working at least 12 weeks on a combination of trails, fencing, fuels reduction, erosion control, wildlife survey and ecological restoration projects with land management agencies (National Park Service, US Forest Service, etc.) primarily based in the western United States.
Corps members fulfill their commitment by playing a role in accomplishing various conservation projects. ACE projects require a safe and professional environment, physically demanding manual labor and a positive attitude. Corps members must be physically active and expect to hike long distances on rough terrain and persevere through adverse weather conditions. ACE crews typically work 80 hours over 8 or 9 consecutive days. However, ACE crews may be required to participate on projects spanning 4 to 8 weeks at a time.
Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and generally abhors the presence of drug users in our program.
Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings.
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Housing between projects: In exchange for service, ACE offers free housing to all of its corps members. We maintain housing units in Flagstaff, AZ, Hurricane, UT, Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe, CA. All ACE housing is within easy walking distance of local attractions and amenities. We emphasize communal living (with up to 3 bunk beds per room and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities), not only as a more efficient and conservation-minded approach, but also to expand the inter-cultural relationships forged while on project. ACE prides itself on providing a unique opportunity for its corps members to both work and live side-by-side with people from various cultural backgrounds.
Housing during projects: Most projects are in remote locations and virtually all involve camping. ACE members should bring warm sleeping bags and sleeping pads to use during projects. Most projects are in remote locations without any developed facilities such as showers or toilets. However, occasionally we stay at developed campgrounds with warm showers and pit toilets. Tents are provided by ACE.
Meals: Food is only provided on projects. When ACE members are on projects, they cook and clean dishes in a communal environment with everyone sharing responsibilities and taking turns preparing meals for the group from their respective countries (this alone represents a sometimes comical, always rewarding, cultural exchange).
ACE corps members contribute their service in exchange for food during projects (cooked as a group), dormitory style accommodations, transportation to and from project sites, tents for use on projects and an opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the nation. AmeriCorps members will also receive an education award upon successful completion of service. 900 hour AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living allowance as well as outdoor skills training.
Getting Here and Getting Around
ARIZONA If you arrive at Phoenix, before 6 PM on certain Program Start dates, transportation will be provided by ACE from Phoenix to Flagstaff. If you arrive on any other time or dates, you will have to take the Arizona Shuttle (www.arizonashuttle.com) to Flagstaff.
UTAH Volunteers joining the ACE Utah program are advised to fly in Las Vegas McCarran Airport. Shuttle services to St George, Utah, are provided by the St George shuttle (www.stgshuttle.com) and depart approximately every two hours throughout the day.
CALIFORNIA If you arrive at San Francisco before 6 PM, transportation will be provided from the airport to Santa Cruz. If you arrive on any other time or dates, you will have to take the bus to Santa Cruz.
Since most projects run on an "8-day working, 6-days off" schedule, it leaves plenty of time for corps members to explore the Southwest or northern California. With many national parks (Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, etc.) no more than six hours away, there should never be a dull moment. An outdoors enthusiast’s playground, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah has world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking trails.
And if in Santa Cruz, corps members love spending time at the beach! San Francisco is only 70 miles away and there's much of the Pacific Coast Highway to explore. YThe Sierras and many National Parks are easily within reach of Lake Tahoe.
How to Apply
Click Apply Now to complete our registration form. Visit our website (www.usaconservation.org) for many more details or our Facebook page to get a feel for the ACE life! Please contact Jeff Bousson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ACE AZ/UT or Andrew Mumm (email@example.com) with ACE CA with any questions or concerns.