American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps with a regional base in Flagstaff, AZ, is looking for members to come join our team of young adults working on meaningful conservation projects in the Southwest. 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. Members work for 14 weeks on trail maintenance projects while completing a term of AmeriCorps service. While serving, members typically have 6 days off between each project to enjoy the Southwest’s abundant beauty and recreational opportunities with their friends and colleagues. Take your first step towards beginning or advancing your career by applying with us today!
Start Dates: May 9th
Estimated End Dates: August 10th
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
This listing is for two different backcountry crews: one in the Santa Fe National Forest near Coyote, New Mexico and the other in the Gila National Forest near Silver City, NM.
Schedule: These crews will be working an 8-6 schedule. For ‘remote’ projects such as this one, members spend off-days nearer to their project location for multiple project schedule cycles. Camping or other accommodations are provided most days between project cycles while on remote projects. The majority of off days will be spent in New Mexico as well as some in Flagstaff.
Work will be primarily in a backcountry setting on National Forest land in New Mexico. One crew will be working on the Gila National Forest, and the other crew will be working on the Santa Fe National Forest. These crews will be working several miles away from definitive care or cell phone service. The majority of the work will be trail maintenance – corridor management, tread and drainage work, and some log-out with crosscut saws.
This is a backcountry crew. The hike into the worksite each week will be very strenuous. When heading into the backcountry members of the crew will be carrying in all their own equipment, projects, tools and equipment as well as food – packs will be heavy. Expect to hike up to 10 miles each day, with elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet.
Members will receive Wilderness First Aid Training and Crosscut Sawyer Training during the first 2 weeks of their term.
Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:
Trail construction and maintenance
Invasive species removal
Qualifications: This project is very physically demanding and requires that members be able to hike 10 miles, in steep terrain, with a heavy pack. 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 80 lbs, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field on each project. Members will work in a variety of weather conditions.
Backcountry experience preferred. Members must be confident in their ability to perform the intense physical demands of the position
About American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a conservation corps focused on teaching valuable job skills in conservation field work to members while actively working to conserve and rehabilitate our public lands. ACE offers positions through both our Crew and Epic programs, as well as provides many staff opportunities for those looking to build a career in conservation. ACE is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, but has regional crew bases in Sacramento, CA, Ridgecrest, CA, Hurricane, UT, Flagstaff, AZ, Corpus Christi, TX, and Asheville, NC. ACE's Epic program offers positions for members nationwide.