American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Mountain West Region
  • Hurricane, UT, USA
  • Other
  • Corps Member

Living Stipend, Housing, Education Award, Work-Day Meals

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Hurricane, Utah, in partnership with AmeriCorps is seeking corps members dedicated to serving 12 or 24 weeks on conservation projects. This crew will be primarily focused on construction of a new mountain bike trail system in Caliente, Nevada. Corps members will learn trail building principles and strategies while building a new trail network in order to help establish Caliente as the next great mountain biking destination. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a passion for mountain biking and a deep interest in advancing their environmental career.

Start Date:

August 19, 2018

Estimated End Dates:

November 10, 2018 (for 12 weeks)

March 03, 2019 (for 24 weeks)



Location: Hurricane, Utah

Projects take place primarily in Caliente, Nevada working on the construction of a brand new 20+ mile mountain biking trail network. Corps members may also be periodically sent on projects elsewhere including Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Schedule: Project schedules may vary, but typically corps members work 8 days on/ 6 days off. For remote projects, corps members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from St. George.

Benefits:  Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $110/week, paid bi-weekly.

Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,538.36 (for 12 weeks) or $2,907.50 (for 24 weeks) upon successful completion of service.

ACE provides corps members with food during all project days; corps members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.

ACE provides corps members housing during their term of service. When working in or near Utah, corps members spend off days in our hostel-style housing in Hurricane, Utah. When working remotely, corps members will be provided housing in those remote locations. The member will provide his or her own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.

Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, and hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, corps members will receive a more extensive packing list. Weather during this time of year can be highly variable so plan on bringing layers of warm clothing and adequate rain gear.

Travel: ACE provides transportation to and from worksites; personal vehicles are not necessary throughout the member's term of service. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

Position Description: 

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 with the Bureau of Land Management. This position also allows the opportunity to focus on and specialize in trail building.

Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Dry and wet stone masonry
  • Habitat restoration
  • Reforestation
  • Forest thinning
  • Plant identification
  • Fencing 
  • Invasive species removal
  • Swamping

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

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 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. Members should also have experience mountain biking and an understanding of the specific needs of trails built for that purpose.


  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • 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


The member must be willing to represent ACE and AmeriCorps in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. ACE has a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs (including recreational pot-smoking) and underage drinking. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the Utah Americorps Branch Manager and Recruitment Specialist, Michael Pietak at 928-856-9422 or
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