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ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leaders - Nationwide

Summer Crew Leader Opportunity

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps, is seeking professional, enthusiastic, and qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local high school students for summer Youth Conservation programs at partnering National Parks and National Forests nationwide.


Serving as a Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader with ACE will not only have a lifelong impact on you but also on the youth participating in the program. For six-eight weeks during the summer, you will help engage, educate, and inspire teens (ages 15-17) while leading them on various environmental and conservation projects. During the summer programs, participating youth will not only learn about conservation through hands-on field projects but also gain important skills in leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork. As an ACE Crew Leader, you will help effectively lead the youth towards accomplishing field projects while helping them become connected to their National Parks and Forests and help inspire them to become lifelong conservation stewards. The youth members will not only learn about the environment and conservation, they will also learn how to perform work projects as a team and develop skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.


Position Description:


As the ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader, you will lead a crew of five-six locally recruited high school students to complete a variety of conservation field projects and environmental education activities within specific Parks and Forests.


Throughout the six-to-eight week summer program, the ACE youth crew may conduct the following:


  • Trail maintenance and construction
  • Wildlife management projects
  • Recreational site stewardship
  • Campsite maintenance, painting, and fencing
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Invasive plant removal


Each week, the youth crew will also participate in various environmental education activities to further foster their understanding of conservation and environmental stewardship.  As the ACE Crew Leader, you will be responsible for the overall safety of the crew and providing the necessary field leadership and skills training to accomplish the field projects, as well as leading environmental and outdoor education activities.


Specific duties will include:


  • Provide the day-to-day supervision of the crew on projects, as well as safely transporting the crew to project sites
  • Teach and enforce safe field practices and tool use
  • Communicate and work closely with project partners with weekly project scheduling
  • Document project progress through photo and GPS field data collection for weekly project reports
  • Complete member evaluations for ongoing mentorship and development
  • Foster strong work habits, conservation stewardship and team unity
  • Motivate, inspire, and mentor youth to become strong leaders in conservation and their communities


The ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader must have strong interest and/or experience teaching or working with youth and be able to maintain a positive work environment to motivate youth in an outdoor setting.  


The ACE Youth Conservation Program Crew Leader must be available to begin the week of May 29, 2018 with ACE Crew Leader Training before the summer project weeks beginning and be able to commit to projects through July 2018.

Benefits: ACE Crew Leaders will receive a weekly base salary of $520-560, commensurate on experience, contributing 40 hours per week for 6 to 8 weeks, based on project site assignment.  Housing accommodations will be provided for the duration of the summer projects. Exemption Status: Exempt.



  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US
  • Must be willing and able to undergo a Federal criminal history background check
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and BBP Certifications
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and a clean MVR that meets ACE's standards
  • Must be physically fit and able to perform a wide variety of physical manual labor for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours/day), often in adverse weather conditions in an outdoor setting
  • Must be able to maintain professional communication and relations with project partners, ACE staff, youth members and the general public
  • Must have 6-months experience with conservation work skills or related skills (Preferred: Trail construction/maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, wildlife management, chainsaw)
  • Must be organized and positive and be able to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Commitment to ACE's mission and to public service through youth development and volunteerism. 


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience working with high school youth (ages 15-17)
  • Experience in environmental education leadership and/or facilitation
  • Experience in natural resource management
  • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Experience and understand of working with underserved youth


Are you interested in working with the ACE Youth Conservation Program this summer?


Please email your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional references to the APPLY NOW on this page. 


Please note that this announcement may close at any time. This position will be open until the positions are filled. 

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