American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Pacific West Region
  • CA, USA
  • $118.00/week
  • Other
  • Corps Member

Housing, meals on project days, 900 Hour Segal Education Award, living allowance, transport to projects, uniforms, tents

American Conservation Experience Pacific West Region (South)

 Forest Restoration AmeriCorps Member - 900 Hours


Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nonprofit Conservation Corps is currently seeking energetic, ambitious emerging conservation and restoration professionals to participate as AmeriCorps members in a 26-week outdoor skills training program. Our mission is to introduce and prepare Corps Members for careers in resource management with ACE, with other conservation corps, or with public land management agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, CA State Parks, or the Bureau of Land Management, among others. The Pacific West Region encompasses California, Oregon, and Washington State, utilizing our 3 regional headquarters in Northern, Central, and Southern California.

Successful candidates will play an important role in implementing meaningful fire restoration activities in several areas of Angeles National Forest (Los Angeles area) for their first 12 weeks of service. Selected members will spend up to 2 weeks receiving training in chainsaw operation, Wilderness First Aid and herbicide application, etc. prior to working on projects at Angeles National Forest.  

ACE is currently seeking crew members for an AmeriCorps term in 2018:


Start Date: March 25th, 2018*              End Date: September 22nd, 2018

*A 900-hour, 26-week commitment is required. An early arrival of 3/23 or 3/24 would be expected for out-of-state members to initiate CA state criminal history checks.  There may be opportunities available to continue with ACE after the 26-week period for the best performing crew members. Extensions of service are also dependent on merit, available projects in the field and seasonal constraints.

Position Description: AmeriCorps Members in the ACE Southern California Conservation Corps program will spend just over 6 months learning techniques of forest restoration and land management while training on complex invasive species removal, habitat restoration, fuel break management, OHV barrier installation, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE's most highly skilled staff members and industry professionals.  The goal of the position is to provide career development opportunities for young adults to accomplish meaningful forest restoration projects in collaboration with a variety of public land management agencies (primarily Angeles National Forest) while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques such as forest management, habitat improvement, ecological restoration, and trail construction/maintenance.  

Successful candidates for this program will participate in the first-ever "Southern California Conservation Corps Collaborative", where 3 different Conservation Corps organizations will be working together to advance critical forest and habitat restoration projects throughout Angeles National Forest over the course of 12 weeks. The remaining 12 weeks will take place in other locations throughout California. This position will be particularly important for young adults eager to advance their careers in wildlife biology as well as fire, forest and habitat restoration.  

AmeriCorps Members will also gain leadership skills while implementing field safety principles in a team environment, interacting with various other Corps Members currently serving or who join later in the season. Leadership, responsibility, and professionalism are encouraged and expected on off-days and at ACE housing.  Each member is required to participate in one environmental volunteer event (Volunteer Service Project VSP), completing an additional 6 hours within the community nearest one's service. The goal is to represent AmeriCorps, inspire service, and complete environmental volunteer service alongside local residents for the common good. 

All ACE field work is physically demanding, often requiring stints in the backcountry and/or extended stays in the field. This position requires hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps. 


Location:  Field projects will take place throughout Angeles National Forest for the first 12 weeks of service and subsequent conservation projects will be located in southern and central California. We anticipate that all Corps Members will be based in our Southern California housing location in Dulzura, and be participating in projects based regionally in the vicinity. 

All participants must be flexible and willing to be assigned to a variety of locations and for multiple agencies, wherever community need is the highest. Project assignments vary in length from one week to two months and longer, so members may experience a range of opportunities during their 26-week term. Long-term project assignments are necessary to extend advanced training to crew members, as well as invest your skills and commitment to see a project through to completion. Often ACE has a significant focus in desert, coastal regions, and lower elevations spring, where the climate is more favorable. Higher elevations are possible when the climate is more favorable.

Crew members' project schedule is comprised of multiple short-term 'hitches' on average 8-11 days long. Members return to the same project until completion, and/or to other projects in motion. Flexibility is necessary for locations during days-off in either our SoCal housing or potentially time-off on project sites themselves. ACE provides a schedule to active members clearly detailing your service days, days off, location, and more.


Financial Benefits:

A living stipend will be allotted in the amount of $110 per week. This is a gross amount before taxes, and the standard amount of state and federal income taxes/withholdings may be applied by law.

Upon successful completion of the program, members receive a Segal Education Award of $2,960.00 (HT 900 HOURS) to be used to pay future tuition or existing federal student loans. More information regarding amount and eligibility, see the AmeriCorps website. Food is provided on project days, and housing (volunteer houses, tents, limited facilities) is included both on and off projects. 


Qualifications:  AmeriCorps members serving with ACE should have an established interest in forest restoration issues and should take joy in tackling challenging situations with a positive mindset.  Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work in all types of weather and terrain, and to participate as a team member dedicated to ACE's mission. ACE's Conservation Corps program is meant as a stepping stone to environmental careers and as a gateway to potential advancement within ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend several weeks working in beautiful locations. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated passion in restoring forests and riparian habitats, removing invasive species and advancing environmental stewardship.

Drug users, including users of marijuana, should not consider applying as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and absolutely abhors the presence of drug users in our program. ACE intends to be a positive influence and intends to create safe and healthy environments for our members. The culture of alcohol and tobacco use is also restricted from ACE property and not supported by our mission of professionalism and personal development.


Other Requirements: 

  • Program is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • To prove eligibility and citizenship, members must be able to provide ORIGINALS of the following documents: 1) Social Security card, 2) Passport OR- Birth certificate, 3) Photo ID (passport, driver's license, military license, or student ID)
  • ACE will provide tents to all Members (upon request) but all other camping items such as sturdy leather boots, sleeping bags, personal water containers, backpacks, and raingear must be provided by the applicant. A detailed gear list will be provided in advance.
  • Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE (specifically in California), smoking will not be permitted at any work site. Additionally, smoking will not be permitted when spiked at undeveloped campgrounds or when serving backcountry. Smoking may be permitted at ACE housing but will be restricted to designated areas.
  • This position is a "covered position" that may entail episodic (temporary) access to vulnerable populations such as youth and the elderly.  Selection for the position is contingent upon a review of all Criminal History results.


Age: AmeriCorps guidelines require 18-25 of age, however ACE as the host organization has the discretion to set age guidelines, and we do not have an upper age limit.


Training:  Each selected member will participate in a 2-week training course and be trained in the following: S-212 Chainsaw equivalent (faller A), Wilderness First Aid, Herbicide Application, CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens, Leave-No-Trace, worksite safety, backcountry health, GPS use, surveying, and plant identification. Membership spanning several seasons allows for additional training opportunities in various fields of land management and restoration.

Positions open until filled, but are in high demand.  Apply now!

To Apply: Fill in your basic information and click "APPLY FOR THIS POSITION"  located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing above or find on our website here:  

Upload all requested documents including your motivation statement, resume, and 3 professional references. Rather than a traditional cover letter, please include a motivation statement which sincerely describes your interests, skills, professional goals, and any other relevant information in regards to this opportunity. This is your opportunity to stand out and express why you are a great fit for our program, in your own words.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time, and is open until filled. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the California Outreach Coordinator, Marcel Coppolino at 928-814-3191 or

Also, consider checking out our Facebook page and social media for more details about ACE!


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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