American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Pacific West Region
  • Dulzura, CA, USA
  • $110.00/week
  • Other
  • Other
  • VOLU

Housing, meals on project days, living allowance, transport to projects, uniforms, tent

American Conservation Experience, Pacific-West Region:  Conservation Volunteers


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Southern California is currently seeking energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as crew members in a 6-week outdoor program called ACE Conservation Volunteers. It is designed as an entry-level opportunity to explore the conservation and land-management industry, and to participate in meaningful service for our sensitive environment. This is an immersive way to travel, build your resume, meet other like-minded individuals, and have the ability to contribute to real trailwork and/or ecological restoration projects in California. American Conservation Experience seeks to train our participants for careers in resource management with ACE, with other conservation corps, or with public agencies such as CA State Parks, Regional Land Trusts, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, or the Bureau of Land Management.  


American Conservation Experience, Pacific-West (Southern Region) is currently seeking volunteers for 6 weeks in 2018:


Start Date:          Monday, November 5, 2018


End Date:            Saturday, December 15, 2018


A 6-week commitment is required, as your placement on crews will be vital to ACE and your included training. *There may be opportunities available to continue with ACE after the 6-week period for the best performing crew members. December 15th is the planned end of our 2018 season, with a holiday break beginning the following week. Extensions to service are dependent on available projects in the field and seasonal constraints. Please inquire with ACE staff during the application process and beyond to voice your interest and opinions.


Position Description:  Offered as an entry-level, short-term opportunity to earn practical and environmental work experience, ACE Conservation Volunteers will spend approximately 6 weeks participating in trail construction, forestry, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE's most highly skilled staff members.   The goal of the position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of agencies while being exposed to various field techniques such as trail construction and maintenance, ecological restoration, dry stone masonry, and Leave-No-Trace principles.


All work is physically demanding, sometimes 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:  Projects throughout the fall and winter 2018 season will take place at various locations throughout California. We are targeting the Southern, CA region with this opportunity and 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.  Projects awarded to ACE Pacific-West typically vary in length from 4 days to several months so members should expect varied opportunities during their 6-week term. It's likely that you'd participate in 1 3 projects/crews during a 6-week term. 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 timing and locations of days-off, as you will spend days-off in Dulzura, California ACE housing, regional housing located near projects, and/or time-off on project sites.


Benefits:  Food is provided on project days as all crews are supplied food for the duration of their hitch, and housing (volunteer residential housing, tents, primitive backcountry facilities) is included both on and off projects. 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.


Qualifications:    We welcome ACE Conservation Volunteers with an established interest in conservation issues who 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 Conservation Volunteers is meant as an introduction, but also 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.  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, US Permanent Residents and Green Card holders.
  • Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • ACE will provide tents to all Members (upon request) but all other camping items such as sturdy leather boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and raingear must be provided by the applicant. A detailed packing list will be provided.
  • Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE, smoking is not permitted in many of the sensitive worksites. Smoking is not allowed on ACE property.


Age: 18-35


Training:  Trainings may include a variety of technical project and outdoor skills such as the potential for dozens of universal trail building techniques. This may include retaining wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and shaping, setting up rigging systems, tread and switchback construction, installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devices, restoration management, or GPS use. Invasive plant species removal, native animal habitat restoration, fencing work, and fuels reduction are all forms of our ecological restoration expertise. Safety training and Leave No Trace Training is included in various forms throughout orientation and beyond, dependent on project scheduling, available classes, and training staff. Practical work and environmental training abound, we encourage the growth of our short-term volunteers members to continue and develop to eventually be present for future Corps memberships, advanced tool usage, and certifications that become available with an extended commitment. Membership spanning several seasons allows for additional training opportunities.


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 YouTube channel, Facebook page and social media for more details about ACE! See the upper right-hand corner of the home page for all links

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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