American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Mountain West Region
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Corps Member

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Utah, in partnership with AmeriCorps is seeking corps members dedicated to serving 12 or 24 weeks on conservation projects, including habitat restoration, ecological restoration, and trail construction and maintenance. We are seeking young adults interested in working on our invasive species removal projects in Salt Lake City for 6 weeks, who will then join our other conservation crews on a variety of projects for the remainder of their AmeriCorps terms throughout Utah and the mountain west region. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their environmental career.

Start Date:

May 10, 2019 Arrival

Estimated End Dates:

August 3, 2019 (for 12 weeks)

October 26, 2019 (for 24 weeks)



Location: Salt Lake City, Utah; Hurricane, Utah

This crew will begin their terms in Salt Lake City, Utah  working on restoration projects both in urban areas and throughout the nearby Wasatch Mountains. Later projects will take place throughout the region including places like Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park and National Forests including Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti La Sal.

Schedule: While serving based out of Salt Lake City, members will work Monday-Friday, 8-9 hours a day. After completion of the Salt Lake County projects, members will join our other crews on a 8-day "hitch" schedule with 6 days off between each work cycle. Project and work schedules can vary based on specific project needs, which will be communicated to members by staff before each project.


    • Living Allowance: Members will receive a Living Allowance of $140/week, paid bi-weekly.
    • Education Award: Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,566.14 (for 12 weeks) or $2,960.00 (for 24 weeks) upon successful completion of service.
    • Food: ACE provides members with food during all project days; members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
    • Housing:  ACE provides corps members housing during their term of service. While on weekly field projects, crews will camp and then receive housing for their off days. During the Salt Lake City restoration project, crews will be provided crew shared housing in Salt Lake City, Utah.  When working in or near Southern Utah, corpsmembers spend off days in our hostel-style housing in Hurricane, Utah. When working remotely, corpsmembers 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 during their term and field shirts. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, and hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, corpsmembers 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:

Corpsmembers 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. For the first six weeks of their ACE term, members will be working directly alongside the staff with Salt Lake City's watershed program on ecological restoration projects focused on Yellow Starthistle mitigation throughout the county. Members will camp during the work week while working in locations across the county and the nearby Wasatch Mountains including Mill Creek Canyon, Emigration Canyon, City Creek Canyon and more. Following completion of the Salt Lake City based ecological restoration project at the end of June, members will transition to other ACE conservation projects including trails, forestry, and restoration throughout Utah and the mountain west region and be based out of the southern Utah branch in Hurricane, Utah. Throughout their entire term,  members are afforded opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional mentors within ACE, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from Local Government, 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 lands.

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

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

Corpsmembers get experience working with or in conjunction with the following tools and equipment, depending on their level of training:

  • Restoration Equipment: Herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools, and required safety gear
  • Trail Maintenance: Pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and griphoists
  • 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 up to 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. Corpsmembers 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 Mountain West Member Support Coordinator, Kasey Burchett (435-414-4082,, or AmeriCorps Program Manager, Michael Pietak (928-856-9422,

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