Office 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, Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve – FL, 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.
Member must be willing to commit to the full duration of the AmeriCorps term (1200 hours).
Start Date: March 1st, 2023
End Date: October 28th, 2023
Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $240/week, ($480/biweekly).
Corpsmembers obtain an Education Award for the amount of $4,546.50 upon successful completion of service term.
Member will receive two full weeks of training with ACE staff members and on-the-job training to gain skills related to the position. ACE is committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare participants for future careers in the stewardship of America’s public lands.
Skills and training include:
Leave No Trace Training
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification
ACE provides corpsmembers with food during all project days; corpsmembers are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
ACE provides corpsmembers with free housing during their term of service, including weekends. 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.
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.
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
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 (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.