American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps in Asheville (NC), in partnership with AmeriCorps.
ACE is seeking Corps Members dedicated to serving 13 (450 hours) or 28 (900 hours) weeks* with on conservation projects, including habitat restoration and trail construction & maintenance. This opportunity is intended for young adults with a deep interest in contributing to conservation efforts.
Corps Members volunteer their energy and enthusiasm, working long hours in adverse weather conditions, to do work that is not always glamorous. This opportunity is intended for environmental stewards who are eager to give back to our public lands.
Corps Members 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:
Trail construction and maintenance
Dry and wet stone masonry
Invasive species removal
Corps Members 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
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 40 lbs, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field, on one project. Corps 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.
U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
Must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and up to 35 for Veterans
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 background check
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
About American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with AmeriCorps and land management agencies.
Corps Members are dedicated to serving 13 or 25 weeks on conservation projects, including habitat restoration and trail construction & maintenance. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic young individuals (18-25) with a deep interest in advancing their environmental career.