American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Pacific West Region
  • Dulzura, CA, USA
  • $140 a week
  • Other
  • Corps Member

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

American Conservation Experience, Pacific-West Region: Conservation Volunteers


Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps based in Dulzura, California is seeking energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as crew members in an 8-week program as an opportunity to explore the conservation and land-management industry. It's an immersive way to travel, meet other like-minded individuals, and have the ability to contribute to real trailwork and/or ecological restoration projects in southern California. Our mission is to introduce and prepare corps members for careers in resource management with ACE, other conservation corps, or public agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, CA State Parks, or the Bureau of Land Management, among other regional land managers.


ACE is currently seeking volunteers for 8 weeks in 2019:


Start Date:  ASAP!

An 8-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 during the 8-week period for the best performing crew members. Extensions to service are also dependent on available projects in the field and seasonal constraints.


Position Description: 

AmeriCorps Members in the ACE Conservation Corps program will spend several weeks learning techniques of conservation and land management while training on 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 public land management agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques.

This position may entail the following:

  • Working 10 hours per day for 4-8 consecutive days on a crew comprised of 6-12 young professionals in outdoor locations
  • Working and camping in a variety of weather conditions including temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and snow
  • Serving on environmental stewardship projects including (but not limited to): Trail Construction/Maintenance; Dry Stone Masonry, Harmful Plant Mitigation, Forest Fuels Reduction, Fence Installation/Repair; Habitat Restoration; and Historical Preservation.
  • Hiking extended distances on steep and rough terrain with a 40-pound backpack
  • Professionally serving on numerous volunteer events and projects in the local community                                                                                                                               


  • Housing for off days may fall at the Dulzura or Ridgecrest housing locations, depending on project location
  • Projects are expected to be within a several hour driving radius of housing, with transportation to and from the project site provided
  • Projects may take place in the desert and mountains where temperatures vary from very cold to very hot! You can expect to experience a combination of conditions from snow or rain, to extremely dry conditions. Do not underestimate southern CA's ability to get cold!


  • Members receive a $280 bi-weekly living stipend.
  • 3 meals per day while on project (approximately 16 days per month).
  • Free housing accommodation and use of a tent throughout your term.
  • Trainings, including Leave No Trace (LNT), diverse restoration management, and terrain-specific trail work. Members should expect to be trained in all the tools and techniques needed to successfully complete their scheduled projects. Membership spanning several seasons allows for additional training opportunities.


  • Provide a safe, strong, and proactive work ethic.
  • Possess a team-first and positive mindset.
  • Comfortable using hand tools, power tools, and herbicide application equipment: all day, every day; and enthusiasm for rugged work.
  • Capacity to complete ACE AmeriCorps term of service and follow all ACE rules and code of conduct.
  • Perform duties in inclement weather on steep terrain without access to restrooms or developed sanitation facilities.
  • Professionally represent ACE while serving on all projects and local community events.
  • Attend additional community volunteer events during project off-days.
  • Must be physically fit, capable of physically and mentally challenging outdoor work for up to 10 hours/day in all types of weather and hiking long distances over rugged terrain.
  • Bend at the waist for long periods and spend the entire workday standing or walking.
  • Ability to lift and carry 30+ lbs.

Other Requirements: 

  • This position is available to US Citizens, permanent residents, and international citizens.
  • Must be 18 - 35 years of age.
  • Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE (specifically in California), smoking is not permitted at any work site. Smoking will not be permitted when on project at undeveloped campgrounds or when serving backcountry. Smoking may be permitted at ACE housing, but will be restricted to designated areas.
  • Members must possess their own personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • ACE will provide tents but members will be required to provide other outdoor gear including but not limited to: full leather boots (no mesh, fabric or suede), sleeping bags, backpacks, and durable rain gear.
  • ACE maintains a zero-tolerance policy for drugs. Alcohol use is strictly prohibited on ACE projects and on ACE property. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE's alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program.
  • Alcohol use is strictly prohibited on ACE projects and on ACE property. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE's alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program.




OR: Email your motivation statement and resume to: Your motivation statement should include your knowledge of the program, related interests, goals, and expectations. Please use this moment to be descriptive, and share your existing skills that you feel would be a good fit for our environment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 Erin Heimburge at

Also, consider checking out our Facebook page and social media for more details about ACE!

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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