American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Southeast Region
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Assistant Corps Leader

Living Allowance, Free lodging, and Food while on projects.

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps in Asheville (NC)

Assistant Crew Leader positions are positions that receive a living stipend of $320 per week, in addition to paid food, travel, and lodging. ACL positions must begin at the start of a new term; you can not start an ACL position in the middle of a current term. For the Andersonville National Historic Site positions, we are looking for a crew member to begin a 7 week term or a 4 week term, dependent on start date.

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 stewards who are eager to give back to our public lands.

Start Date: October 28th or November 18th

Estimated End Date: 12/20/2019

Location: Asheville, NC based but work site is in Andersonville, Georigia.

Projects take place throughout the East. Currently the ACL position is set for Andersonville, Georgia.  

Schedule: Project schedules vary greatly, but typically Corps Members work 4 days on/ 3 days off. For remote projects, Corps Members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from Asheville. Remote projects typically last either two or four weeks, with the 4 days on/3 days off schedule. Every other weekend will be spent in Asheville, while the project weekends will be spent in Andersonville.

Benefits:  Members will receive a Living Allowance of $320/week, paid bi-weekly.

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

Housing: ACE provides Corps Members housing on off-days during their term of service. When working in or near North Carolina, Corps Members spend off-days in our hostel-style housing in Asheville. When working remotely, Corps Members will be provided camping (or housing) in those remote locations.

Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, Crew 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. 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 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. 

Andersonville National Historic Site is a unique project for the Eastern division of ACE.  Located near Macon, Georgia, Andersonville NHS is comprised of the grounds of the Confederate Internment Camp at Andersonville, the National POW Museum, and an active military cemetery.  Our crew contributes conservation work to all three sites performing a diverse set of tasks.
At the prison site, ACE crews will maintain historic earthworks, mow fence lines, and treat invasive plants. 
At the POW Museum, the crew will perform general maintenance work
Finally, at the military cemetery the crew will be aligning and setting headstones, controlling invasive fire ants, and brush cutting.

ACL Accountabilities:

  • Model exemplary performance as outlined in ACE's core values
  • Complete project photo documentation and paperwork with CL direction
  • Complete driver training and drive ACE vehicles as needed
  • Gather data and help the crew leader implement the performance action system by reporting any performance or behavioral concerns to CL
  • Assist with project logistics and management as assigned by crew leader
  • This includes ensuring job site safety, assistance with safety circle, and providing guidance and instruction to corps members, under CL's guidance

ACL will not:

  • Submit corps member feedback
  • Be exempt from MSA or ACE housing policies
  • ACL is not a direct supervisor of other corps members, but will assist the CL in managing crew members

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, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field, on one project. 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 field as a natural resource professional
  • Experience or interest in volunteering in local communities

The member must be willing to represent ACE 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 in 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, the North Carolina Outreach Coordinator, at

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