Develop your field leadership and conservation skills leading a group of motivated young adults on a wide range of natural resource management projects throughout public lands in the state of Utah and all of the Mountain West region. Based in Hurricane, Utah at the “gateway to Zion National Park,” ACE Mountain West field projects include fuels reduction and thinning, invasive species treatment, native plant restoration, trail construction and maintenance, and range in location throughout southern Utah and all of Mountain West region of the U.S., from the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and Arches to the mountain peaks of the Wasatch Range to the heart of the Great Basin desert and beyond!
As the primary front-line staff of the ACE Mountain West Field Operations Team, Crew Leaders lead diverse teams of young adults in completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects. As a Crew Leader, you will train and lead crew members in conservation work skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living skills, and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address critical environmental needs. Work is almost exclusively outdoors, involves strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and typically involves “spike” camping for several days at a time in remote wilderness locations. The position requires extensive travel to public lands across the Mountain West and may involve working for other ACE offices/locations for temporary periods.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Lead, manage, and hold corpsmembers accountable while serving on conservation projects.
Lead, train, and supervise a conservation corps team during conservation work projects, which may include: constructing and maintaining trails, constructing and maintaining fences and outdoor facilities, restoring wildlife habitat, maintaining public parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas, planting trees, conducting native plant revegetation, eradicating exotic/invasive plant species, surveying, conducting ecological testing and monitoring, mapping and monitoring using GPS technology, wildfire restoration, and restoring forest health and reducing wildfire risk through tree thinning using powered equipment.
Arrange environmental education activities and opportunities and help inspire the next generation of conservation and public lands stewards.
Support, coach, mentor and supervise members in both technical and interpersonal professional development.
Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.
Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project data.
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Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record
Proficient in English
Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
Willing to abide by ACE Policy and Federal Drug Free workplace policies and laws. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time
All ACE members and staff must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they start their term/position or request a medical or religious exemption.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
6 months - 1 year of experience working in field conservation positions, preferably within a Conservation Corps and with a record of advancement to assistant leadership or leadership positions.
Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate. BA/BS degree from an accredited college/university preferred.
Experience in field work performing environmental restoration, trail construction and maintenance, and other conservation tasks.
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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.