American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Southeast Region
  • Triangle, VA, USA
  • Corps Member

Ed Award, Living Allowance, Free Lodging, and Food while on projects

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with AmeriCorps.

ACE is seeking Corps Members dedicated to serving 10 weeks on a bridge repair/rehab project in Prince William Forest Park, working on two specific bridges. One is a historic wooden arch bridge, and the other is a cable suspension bridge. This opportunity is intended for young adults with a deep interest in contributing to conservation and historical efforts.

Corps Members volunteer their energy and enthusiasm, working long hours in adverse weather conditions, to do work that is not always glamorous. This opportunity is intended for environmental/historical stewards who are eager to give back to our public lands.

Start Date: Mid August, 2019

Estimated End Date: Late October, 2019 (10 weeks from start date)

Location: Triangle, VA

Schedule: The project schedule will generally conform to a 4 days on/ 3 days off schedule, with 10-hour days in the field including travel.

Benefits:  Members will receive a Living Allowance of $140/week, paid bi-weekly.

Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,252.91 for the 300-hour position.

ACE provides Corps Members with food on project days; Corps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.

Housing: To be determined. The crew will likely be staying at a campground near Triangle, VA.

Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent, ACE uniform shirts, personal protective equipment and rain gear. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, Corps Members 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 and parking for personal vehicles is not available at ACE housing. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

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 afforded opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional mentors within ACE, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from the Department of Interior US Park Service. This project specifically is working on two bridges, one historic wooden arch bridge and one cable suspension bridge.

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

  • Replace bridge boards/decking
  • Cleaning of debris
  • Powerwashing
  • Painting
  • Other "bridge work"
  • Movement of equipment and maintenance
  • Hiking

Qualifications:  Applicants must be capable of performing physically demanding labor on environmental and conservation projects for 10 hours a day. Applicants should expect to hike extended distances on rough terrain carrying 40 lbs. Corps Members 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 or historical fields 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.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. 

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:

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 Kelly Waldron ( or Hannah Anderson (, the Southeast Outreach Coordinators.

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