Mountain West Short Term Crew Member
American Conservation Experience

Join ACE for a project to experience the Mountain West and your public lands like never before!

Experience the place where desert meets mountain by serving with ACE this summer!


Mountain West Short Term Crew Member

American Conservation Experience
$200.00 / week
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Jun 28, 2022)

Interested in a paid volunteer experience this summer, where you'll gain valuable outdoor skills, improve the environment, and work alongside like-minded individuals from across the country? American Conservation Experience is looking for short-term members to join our long-term crews as a way to experience "crew life" without committing to the traditional 3 or more month term.

Join ACE for 1 hitch (8 days), starting on June 28th or July 12th. Members will receive three meals a day, $400 across the 8 day period, extensive training in areas like trails work, restoration, invasive species mitigation, leave no trace, communal camp living, and more.

American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps with a divisional branch in Hurricane, Utah, is looking for members to come join our team of young adults working on meaningful conservation projects throughout the Mountain West, including areas like Zion National Park, Dixie National Forest, or expansive BLM lands across Utah . This opportunity is intended for those looking to learn valuable skills for their career while immersed in a community of like-minded young professionals from around the country. Take your first step towards beginning or advancing your career by applying with us today!

Start Dates: June 28th or July 12th

Estimated End Dates: July 6th or July 20th

Location: Hurricane, Utah

Projects take place throughout the Mountain West, including areas like Zion National Park, Dixie National Forest, or expansive BLM lands across Utah.

Schedule: Short Term Corpsmembers will work for an entire 8 day hitch (10 hours a day).

Benefits: Member compensation is $400 across the 8 day period (broken down into a daily rate).

ACE provides corps members with three meals a day during each project day.

Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, a day-pack, and 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 necessary throughout the member's term of service. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

Position Description:

Corpsmembers 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.

Field work 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
  • Fencing
  • Invasive species removal
  • Swamping

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

Trail Maintenance: Pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and griphoists

Restoration Equipment: Herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools

Power Tools and Gas Powered Equipment: Chainsaws, brush-cutters, drills, saws, and compressors

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 up to 40 lbs, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field, on each project. Corpsmembers will work 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
  • Able and willing to work in a group
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of hiking moderate distances in somewhat rough terrain during inclement weather conditions
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal history check
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.


  • 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 and underage drinking. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

How to Apply

Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 2 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Sarah Wolfram.

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