American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Mountain West Region
  • Medora, ND, USA
  • 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. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our Badlands Range Management Crew in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Crews will be working with the park staff in constructing fence line and working on projects to help with the protection of the park's herd of American Bison. This crew will have a unique opportunity to work directly with staff for the protection of the largest land animal in North America and have time to work in and explore the landscape that inspired President Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most important figures in American land conservation.

Start Date:

July 24, 2018

Estimated End Dates:

October 13, 2018 (for 12 weeks)

February 2, 2019 (for 24 weeks)


Location: Medora, North Dakota; Hurricane, Utah

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of North Dakota and is home to amazing wildlife, including an impressive herd of American Bison. Our crews will be working to protect this amazing animal through construction and rebuilding of border fence in order to prevent inter-breeding with cattle. The crew will be based out of a campsite located next to the park's Wildlife Handling Facility, where park employees perform bison round-ups. They will be working directly with park service staff and have the opportunity to learn about this incredible place and the wildlife that calls it home.

Corps members who do 12 week terms will spend their terms on this project. 24-week corps members will be joining our crews in Hurricane, Utah for the second half of their terms. Utah projects are located in a number of places including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands National Parks, Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti La Sal National Forests, and various other locations on the public lands of the Mountain West region.

Schedule: Schedules will be determined by park staff, but will generally be run either 8 days on, 6 days off or 4 days on, 3 days off. This will be determined by the project partner and ACE staff in order to most effectively meet the needs of both the park and crew.

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 on project, the crews will stay at a campsite provided by the park. During their off days, corps members will be able to stay at a nearby property.

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 National Park Service.

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

  • Fencing
  • Construction of passage gates
  • Construction of flood gates
  • Trail Maintenance and Construction
  • Invasive Plant Removal
  • Forest Thinning and Fuels Reduction
  • Habitat Restoration


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.


  • 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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