Start your conservation career here and learn to use cross cut saws in the beautiful Southwest
The Southwest is diverse with mountains, deserts, forests, and cacti. A beautiful place to be!
- No experience required
- Start Date:
- Starts soon! (Jul 12, 2021)
American Conservation Experience is a national non-profit conservation corps dedicated to providing career development and outdoor experiential learning opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to environmental conservation. The ACE AmeriCorps Member program engages and motivates participants seeking to broaden their horizons and expand professional knowledge in the field of conservation.
Conservation Crew Member with Cross Cut Saw training: ACE AmeriCorps; 900 hour (6-month) positions
Start date: July 12th 2021
We have set start dates based on a required orientation. We are regularly posting new start dates throughout the year. If this start date does not work for you feel free to "Sign Up for Job Alerts" for future position announcements.
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is seeking Corps Members committed to working 24 weeks (900 hours) on outdoor conservation projects.
Location: Work projects will take place throughout the Southwest. Our office and most of our member housing is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Many projects will include spending up to two months working and living in Prescott, AZ; Tucson, AZ; or Trinidad, CO
Compensation and Benefits:
- Cross Cut Saw Certification and Wilderness First Aid Certifications
- Members receive a $280 bi-weekly living stipend
- 3 meals per day while on project (approximately 16 days/month)
- Free housing accommodation on off days in Flagstaff, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Prescott, AZ; or Trinidad, Colorado.
- Use of a tent throughout your term is provided by ACE.
- Transportation to and from work sites is provided by ACE
- Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive an Education Award of $3,172.50 for 900 hours (24 weeks) term
- Some Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who serve a minimum of 640 total hours with 200 of those hours on an eligible public land project may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status.
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 provided 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 and tribal lands. ACE Members will become proficient in environmental stewardship practices, general worksite safety, Leave No Trace principles, herbicide application, cross cut use, and resume building.
ACE projects typically include:
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Invasive species removal
- Habitation restoration
- Fence installation/repair
- Dry and wet stone masonry
- Forest management
- Fire fuels reduction
Corps Members typically work 10 hours per day for a total of 80 hours in a 2 week pay period. While working, Corps Members camp in wilderness areas close to their worksite. Between work projects Corps Members will generally spend their off days at provided housing in Flagstaff, but they may spend off days in other locations during projects further away from Flagstaff. The typical schedules are working 8 days in a row followed by 6 days off OR working 4 days in a row followed by 3 days off, but this can vary based on projects and other factors.
Responsibilities and Expectations:
Corps Members can expect to work long days, and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Proper safety procedures must be observed in all tasks, including the repair and use of hand and power tools used on projects.
All ACE Corps Members practice environmental ethics, and are expected to work in diverse team settings in taxing situations or circumstances. Members are expected to be flexible and complete all functions of the job, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- Between the ages of 18 and 30 or veterans between 18 and 35
- No prior camping or conservation experience necessary
- Willing to represent ACE and AmeriCorps in a professional, responsible, and enthusiastic manner
- ACE provides tents and camp kitchen equipment, but members will be required to bring all other camping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and rain gear.
- ACE maintains a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and underage drinking. Alcohol use is prohibited on ACE projects, on ACE property, and at ACE rentals including: Air BnBs and hotels. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE's alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
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American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website. The Apply Now button will get you there.