Trail Work Conservation Corps Member
American Conservation Experience

Maintain and Restore Trails as an AmeriCorps Member in Boulder, Colorado

Live and Work in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the #1 rated trail in Boulder!


Trail Work Conservation Corps Member

American Conservation Experience
Boulder, Colorado
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts soon! (Mar 24, 2018)

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona.

ACE is seeking Corps Members dedicated to serving 25 weeks maintaining trails in Boulder, Colorado. One week of training and orientation will take place in Flagstaff, Arizona, after which ACE will provide transportation to Boulder, where Corps Members will spend the duration of their term (approximately 6 months). This opportunity is intended for young adults with a deep interest in contributing to conservation efforts.

Corps Members volunteer their energy and enthusiasm, working long hours in adverse weather conditions, to do work that is not always glamorous. This opportunity is intended for environmental stewards who are eager to give back to our public lands.

Start Date: March 24

Estimated End Date: September 15

Training Location: Flagstaff, Arizona

Corps Members are responsible for transportation to Flagstaff at the beginning of their term. All further transportation will be provided by ACE. (If a potential Corps Member is currently living in Boulder and would incur financial hardship getting to Flagstaff, ACE may be able to provide transportation from Boulder to Flagstaff on a case-by-case basis.)


  • Housing: ACE provides Corps Members with communal housing a few miles north of Boulder. CMs should expect to share a bedroom with one or more co-workers. The member will provide his or her own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.
  • Stipend: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $140/week, paid bi-weekly.
  • Education Award: Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount or $2,907.50 (900 hour position/25 weeks) upon successful completion of service.
  • Food: ACE provides Corps Members with food during all project days; Corps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
  • Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, Corps Members will receive a more extensive packing list. Weather can be highly variable so plan on bringing layers of warm clothing and adequate rain gear.
  • Travel: ACE provides transportation to and from worksites; personal vehicles are not permitted. There is public transit between the ACE house and the city of Boulder. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

Position Description:
Corps Members will live and work with a crew of 7 to 8 people including a crew leader. They will be responsible for improvement and maintenance of the Mount Sanitas and surrounding trails. This position is geared towards young people who are looking to explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation.

At the start of their term, Corps Members will participate in ACE and AmeriCorps Orientation followed by Trails Training. Trails Training is three days long and includes time in the classroom and in a field setting learning theoretical and practical skills specific to the Mt. Sanitas trail. Classroom time will include an overview of hydrology, biology, and geology as it pertains to to trails and trail construction; trail terminology; the fundamentals of stone masonry; and rigging for trail work. A focus will be put on proper tool use, body mechanics, and structure construction while in the field. During the course of their term Corps Members will develop significant rock work and trail work skills.

Schedule: The crew will usually work 4 days per week, 10 hours per day, followed by 3 days off. This is subject to change.

Applicants must be capable of performing physically demanding labor on environmental and conservation projects for 10 hours a day. Applicants should expect to hike extended distances on rough terrain carrying 60 lbs, and be prepared to spend up to 8 consecutive days in the field, on one project. Corps Members will work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and snow.


  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check 
  • Perform duties in inclement weather on steep terrain without access to restrooms or developed sanitation facilities.


  • Possess a team-first, positive mindset, strong and proactive work ethic, and professional demeanor.
  • Experience in hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional
  • Experience or interest in volunteering in local communities

The member must be willing to represent ACE and AmeriCorps in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. ACE has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs (including recreational pot-smoking) and underage drinking. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

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