American Conservation Experience
Make a Difference with ACE!
American Conservation Experience is a non-profit conservation corps offering opportunities for both American and International volunteers 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) is a non-profit conservation corps offering team-based internships for both Americans and Internationals 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. ACE also offers paid internships for individual placement positions based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.
ACE is dedicated to providing professional development and service learning opportunities for emerging land managers, environmental stewards, and conservation-minded corps members in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings. ACE members embody an ethic of environmental stewardship, learn practical conservation skills, and explore career options while accomplishing vital conservation projects in many of America’s most spectacular open spaces.
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Room and Board
Housing Between Projects: Corps Members stay in apartments or one of the volunteer houses in Flagstaff or Santa Cruz on days when they are not taking part in projects. The apartments have washer/dryer, and the houses have a laundromat just a few blocks away. Housing is communal, with up to 3 bunk beds per room and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. This is where volunteers store the luggage they're not bringing on projects, such as suitcases and sport bags. There's also a safe in the office for passports, tickets and other smaller valuables.
Housing During Projects: Most projects are in remote locations and virtually all involve camping. Volunteers 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 volunteers are on projects they cook and clean dishes in a communal environment with everyone sharing responsibilities & 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 effort in exchange for food during projects (cooked as a group), dormitory style accommodations in Flagstaff, Arizona or Santa Cruz, California, transportation to and from project sites, tents for use on projects, and an opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth.
Getting Here and Getting Around
ARIZONA If you arrive at Phoenix, before 6 PM on certain Program Start dates, transportation will be provided from Phoenix to Flagstaff. If you arrive on any other time or dates, you will have to take the bus to Flagstaff.
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 five national parks (Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Bryce Canyon) no more than six hours away,
Las Vegas only 4.5 hours away, and numerous events and locales around Flagstaff to visit - there should never be a dull moment. ACE also organizes educational (and entertaining) field trips such as visits to Lake Powell, climbing Mt. Humphreys (Arizona's highest point), skiing/snowboarding at Flagstaff's SnowBowl, night sky presentations at the Lowell Observatory, etc. An outdoors enthusiast’s playground, Flagstaff 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. Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks are easily within reach.
How to Apply
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