American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Southwest Arizona
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Internship
  • CORPS

Trails Crew Corps Member: ACE AmeriCorps Boulder Crew; 900 hour (6-month) positions

Start date: May 11th, 2019

 

Summary:

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is seeking Corps Members committed to working for 24 weeks (900 hours) on outdoor conservation projects.

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.

Training location:

Corps Members will begin and end their term at our main office in Flagstaff, Arizona. Corps Members will be responsible for travel to Flagstaff by May 4, after which ACE will provide all further transportation to and from Boulder. For applicants local to Boulder ACE may be able to assist with initial travel to Flagstaff.

Work location(s):

Mount Sanitas and surrounding trails in Boulder, Colorado. Member housing is located in Boulder. The crew will spend the final 2 weeks of their term back in Flagstaff, working on projects with the Southwest corps program.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Members receive a $560 bi-weekly living stipend
  • 3 meals per day while on project (approximately 16 days/month)
  • Free housing accommodation while in  Flagstaff, housing provided in Boulder during the project, 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 (for 900 hours/24 weeks)
  • 900 hour Members are also 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:

One week of training and orientation will take place in Flagstaff, after which ACE will provide transportation to Boulder, Colorado, where Corps Members will spend the duration of their term. Applicants to this position will live and work with a crew of 7-8 people including a crew leader. They will be responsible for improvement and maintenance of the Mount Sanitas and surrounding trails. Corps Members will develop significant rock work, rigging and trail work skills in a rugged, mountainous environment.

ACE's AmeriCorps Boulder crew member is a competitive position designed for motivated and high-achieving individuals seeking leadership opportunities in the conservation field.  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.

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 projects typically include:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species removal
  • Habitation restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Dry and wet stone masonry
  • Forest management
  • Fire fuels reduction

Schedule:

Corps Members typically work 10 hours per day for 4 consecutive days while camping in remote wilderness areas. Between work projects Corps Members will generally have 3 days off. However, applicants should expect the ACE project schedule to vary.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

Corps Members can expect to work long days, and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Proper safety procedures must be observed in all tasks, including the repair and use of hand and power tools used on projects.

All ACE Corps Members practice environmental ethics, and are expected to work in diverse team settings in taxing situations or circumstances. Members are expected to be flexible and complete all functions of the job, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.  

Qualifications:

  • 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.

To Apply:

Please submit a 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: http://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs

 

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ACE Southwest Member Support Coordinators:

Kelsey McCauley: kmccauley@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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