Start Date: March 1st, 2023
Estimated End Dates:
July 1st, 2023 (for 4 month term)
September 2nd, 2023 (for 6 month term)
Location: Asheville, NC
Projects take place throughout Eastern Region including Great Smoky Mountains National Park- NC/TN, Mammoth Cave National Park – KY, Gettysburg National Military Park- PA, Blue Ridge Parkway- NC, Congaree National Park – SC, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – GA, Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge – KS, Cumberland Island National Seashore – GA, and Manassas National Battlefield – VA, 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:
Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $240/week, ($480/ biweekly).
Corpsmembers obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,718.25 (for 4 month term) or $3,247.50 (for 6 month term).
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.
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 grip hoists
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
Preservation Techniques: Adobe, Roofing, Carpentry
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 (ACE)
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.