American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Southwest Arizona
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Corps Member
  • CORPS

ACE Arizona 900 Hour Professional Development AmeriCorps Member with Chainsaw Training

Start date: January 26, 2019

Work location(s): Work projects will take place throughout Arizona. Member housing is in Flagstaff, AZ.

To be considered for a position, you need to submit a thoughtful cover letter specific to the Professional Development Chainsaw Position.

Summary:

American Conservation Experience is a national non-profit conservation corps dedicated to providing career development and outdoor experiential learning opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to environmental conservation. The ACE AmeriCorps Member program engages and motivates participants seeking to broaden their horizons and expand professional knowledge in the field of conservation.

ACE Arizona's AmeriCorps Professional Development Program is a highly competitive position designed for motivated and high-achieving individuals seeking leadership opportunities in the conservation field. Professional Development Corps Members will have more responsibilities and higher expectations placed on them while also receiving additional training and development opportunities throughout their term of service. Previous AmeriCorps Members in this position have moved on to positions of seniority within ACE and the greater Conservation Corps industry. During their term Members will be pushed to develop technical conservation and leadership skills in the field in order to prepare them for potential future leadership roles. As such, an enthusiasm for the work and the ability to be a self-starter is required.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Members receive a $512 bi-weekly living stipend
  • 3 meals per day while on project (approximately 16 days per month)
  • Free housing accommodation in Flagstaff, and use of a tent throughout your term
  • Transportation to and from worksites
  • Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive an Education Award of $2,960.00
  • Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Member who have served a minimum of 640 hours on appropriate public land projects may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status.

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 provided 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 and tribal lands. ACE Members will become proficient in environmental stewardship practices, general worksite safety, Leave No Trace principles, brushcutter use, herbicide application, and resume building.

ACE Arizona's AmeriCorps Professional Development Program is a highly competitive position designed for motivated and high-achieving individuals seeking leadership opportunities in the conservation field. Professional Development Corps Members will have more responsibilities and higher expectations placed on them while also receiving additional training and development opportunities throughout their term of service, including chainsaw training and a Wilderness First Aid certification. Previous AmeriCorps Members in this position have moved on to positions of seniority within ACE and the greater Conservation Corps industry. During their term Members will be pushed to develop technical conservation and leadership skills in the field in order to prepare them for potential future leadership roles. As such, an enthusiasm for the work and the ability to be a self-starter is required.

Professional Development members will focus on projects related to fire management in Arizona. These may include trails maintenance in burn areas, invasive species removal, and forest thinning or other fuels reduction efforts.

Schedule:

Corps Members typically work 10 hours per day for 8 consecutive days while camping in remote wilderness areas. Between work projects Corps Members will generally have 6 days off in Flagstaff. However, applicants should expect the ACE project schedule to vary, including the possibility of participating in distant projects for 4 to 6 weeks at a time.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have an interest in conservation issues and/or a background in Forestry, Environmental Sciences or related fields. Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work with a positive mindset in all types of weather and terrain. Applicants also must be able to communicate and problem solve in a team-oriented environment to accomplish project goals.

Professional Development AmeriCorps members will participate in a Wilderness First Aid course as well as receive ACE's Chainsaw certification upon entry to the organization. Please visit http://www.usaconservation.org/locations/flagstaff-az/ for an overview of the training.

ACE will provide additional training opportunities during their term of service such as: industry professional guest speakers during off-days, specific skills trainings, and the opportunity to attend ACE Crew Leader training weekends. Corps Members will be required to develop, recruit for, and execute a large community service event in the local Flagstaff Community.

Throughout their term of service Professional Development members are expected to:

  • Assist Crew Leader in pre-project logistics such as food, tool and gear preparation and packing.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of a Housing Supervisor and enforce all ACE housing policies.
  • Conduct performance evaluations with ACE staff at least twice during their term of service.
  • Represent ACE at events such as: AmeriCorps Week, Earth Day, National Trails Day, and Mayors Day of Recognition.
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Other Requirements:

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Willing to represent ACE and AmeriCorps in a professional, responsible, and enthusiastic manner
  • Have or be willing to obtain personal medical insurance for the duration of time with ACE
  • ACE provides tents and camp kitchen equipment, but members will be required to bring all other camping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and rain gear.
  • ACE maintains a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and underage drinking. Alcohol use is prohibited on ACE projects and on ACE property, and any evidence of drug use or violating ACE's alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

Application deadline: Positions available until filled. Apply ASAP.

 

To Apply:

Follow the link https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/ to fill out an application. You must include a resume, one page cover letter, and three professional references. ACE Alumni or current AmeriCorps Members may only include one ACE-affiliated reference in their application. Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings. American Conservation Experience is an equal opportunity employer.

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ACE Southwest Member Support Coordinators:

Natalie Kolesar: nkolesar@usaconservation.org

Kelsey McCauley: kmccauley@usaconservation.org

Claire Smith: csmith@usaconservation.org  

   

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.





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