American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps with a regional base in Asheville, NC, is looking for members to come join our team of young adults working on meaningful conservation projects throughout the Eastern US. 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 3 or 6 months on projects including ecological restoration, habitat improvement, and trail maintenance and construction, all while completing a term of AmeriCorps service. While serving, members typically have 2-3 days off between each project to enjoy the Eastern US’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: July 5th, 2022
Estimated End Dates:
October 29th, 2022 (for 3 month term)
February 18th, 2023 (for 6 month term)
Location: Asheville, NC
Projects take place throughout Eastern Region including Great Smoky Mountains National Park- TN, Mammoth Cave National Park – KY, Gettysburg National Military Park- PA, Blue Ridge Parkway- NC, Congaree National Forest – SC, and Daniel Boone National Forest – KY, Moss Rock – AL, Cleveland Metroparks – OH, among other locations.
Schedule: Project schedules vary, but typically corpsmembers work 5 days on/ 2 days off or 4 days on/ 3 days off. For remote projects, corpsmembers spend off-days nearer to their project location for multiple project schedule cycles. Camping or other accommodations are provided between project cycles while on remote projects.
Benefits: Member compensation and benefits include a package valued at $1,700/mo.
Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $200/week, paid bi-weekly.
Corpsmembers obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,678.57 (for 13 weeks) or $3,172.50 (for 26 weeks) upon successful completion of service.
ACE provides corpsmembers with food during all project days; corps members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
ACE provides corpsmembers with free housing during their term of service. When working in or near the Asheville, NC, corpsmembers spend off days in our hostel-style housing. When working remotely, corpsmembers will be provided housing in those remote locations. Housing may come in the form of campgrounds, bunkhouses, airbnbs, and more. The member will provide their own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.
Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent, uniforms, and assigns each crew with camp cooking and kitchenware. The member will provide their own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, pants, warm clothing, and hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, corpsmembers will receive a more extensive packing list and access to discounted prodeals from leading manufacturers in outdoor gear and apparel. Weather can be highly variable, so pl
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. Members 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. Members
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.