Join American Conservation Experience and come see the country, explore your public lands, and do meaningful work to conserve the environment while supporting local communities. Participate in ACE’s Crew program to experience your public lands in a whole new way while learning valuable job skills, making money towards education, and building lasting personal and professional connections. Start your journey with ACE today, and discover where your path will lead!
Members of our crew program can expect to get a wide range of experiences while working alongside land management professionals and ACE staff. Members learn new skills and do everything from building new trails, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, historic preservation, to fencing for wildlife and range management on public lands.
Member compensation and benefits offer exceptional value. This package includes free housing, program meals, industry recognized job skills training, project transportation, and puts $200 a week in your pocket. Members never have to worry about the headache of looking for temporary housing or the high cost of rent in the beautiful destinations ACE Crews are located in.
Start Date: Rolling start dates and various term lengths, ranging between 3-12 months. Primarily seeking candidates available in April, Ma, and June. Early consideration may also be given for future interest applicants, though it is recommended that you apply for start dates available on the site or 2-3 months prior to your first date available.
Additional benefit details include:
$400 bi-weekly living stipend
3 High quality and nutritious meals daily while on project- accommodating your dietary needs and preferences
Housing Accommodations on off days (May include ACE owned or rented housing, campgrounds, or AirBnBs depending on location)
Tent and camp kitchen supplies while working in the field
Transportation to and from worksites is provided by ACE
Access to a variety of outdoor pro deals with gear companies with exclusive discounts on the spectrum of outdoor gear ranging from 30-50% off MSRP.
Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive an additional Education Award of $3,172.50 (for 900 hours/24 weeks) or $1,678.57 (for 450 hours/12 weeks). This award can be used to pay education-related costs including tuition and payback of qualifying student loans. Individuals have 7 years to use the education award.
Comprehensive hands-on training that will prepare members to build a career in conservation. Training depends on the type of crew you join, but may include chainsaw, technical trail, herbicide, wilderness medical/first aid, Leave No Trace, outdoor leadership, backcountry skills and more, an average value of over $1,500.
Eligible student loans can be placed into forbearance while serving in AmeriCorps with ACE
Some Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who serve a minimum of 640 total hou
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.
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.