American Conservation Experience

Protect and restore America's public lands as an AmeriCorps member with ACE Southeast

Various National Parks, National Forests and other Public Lands in the Southeast United States



American Conservation Experience
Asheville, North Carolina
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Oct 11, 2018)

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps in Asheville (NC), in partnership with AmeriCorps.ACE is seeking

Corps Members dedicated to serving 9 on conservation projects, including habitat restoration and trail construction & maintenance. 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 Dates: October 11th

Estimated End Date for October 11th: December 15th (9 weeks)

**ACE goes into furlough from December 15th to Mid-January: No work is done, housing and pay are not provided during this time.** 4-week vacation.

Location: Asheville, NC

Schedule: Project schedules vary greatly, but typically Corps Members work 4 days on/ 3 days off. For remote projects, Corps Members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from Asheville. Remote projects typically last about three weeks, with the 4 days on/3 days off schedule.

Projects take place throughout the East. Frequently, teams work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway, Congaree National Forest, and Daniel Boone National Forest.

Housing: ACE provides Corps Members with housing during their term of service. When working in or near North Carolina, Corps Members spend off-days in our hostel-style housing in Asheville. When working remotely, Corps Members will be provided housing in those remote locations or will camp on their off-days. The member will provide his or her own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.

Stipend: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $120/week, paid bi-weekly.

Education Award: Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of ~$1,200 (300-hour position/ 9 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 with 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. The weather up and down the East 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 necessary throughout the member's term of service. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

Position Description: 
Corps Members serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Members are afforded opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional mentors within ACE, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other stewards of our nation's public lands.

Fieldwork and other duties might include but are not limited to:

  • Habitat restoration
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Dry and wet stone masonry
  • Reforestation
  • Forest thinning
  • Plant identification
  • Seed collection
  • Fencing 
  • Invasive species removal
  • Swamping

Corps Members get experience working with or in conjunction with the following tools and equipment, depending on their level of training:

  • Power Tools and Gas Powered Equipment: Chainsaws, brush-cutters, drills, saws, and compressors
  • Trail Maintenance: Pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and grip hoists
  • Restoration Equipment: Herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools

Qualifications:  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 8 consecutive days in the field, on one project. Corps Members will work and operate chainsaws in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 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.

How to Apply

Click APPLY NOW to view details and to start the application process. Submit a resume and cover letter and three references to Kelly Waldron using the APPLY NOW section on our website. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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