American Conservation Experience is providing opportunities for experiential learning through which members can explore our public lands and do meaningful work to conserve the environment while supporting local communities. Participate in ACE's Crew program to experience your public lands in a whole new way while learning valuable job and life skills, earning money towards continuing education, and building lasting personal and professional connections. Start your journey with ACE today, and discover where your path will lead!
Members of our crew program can expect to get a wide range of experiences while working alongside land management professionals and ACE staff. Members gain experience within camp-life, communal living, conflict resolution, outdoor competencies and more while completing projects ranging from building new trails, to removing invasive plants, planting native plants, historic preservation, and fencing for wildlife habitat and range management on public lands.
Member compensation and benefits include a package valued at over $1,700/mo. This package includes housing, program meals, project transportation, and puts $320 a week in your pocket.
Additional benefit details include:
$640 bi-weekly living allowance
3 High quality and nutritious meals daily while on project- accommodating your dietary needs and preferences whenever possible
Free Housing Accommodations on off days
Tent and camp kitchen supplies while working in the field
Transportation to and from worksites is provided by ACE
Access to a variety of outdoor pro deals with gear companies with exclusive discounts on the spectrum of outdoor gear ranging from 30-50% off MSRP.
Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive a Segal Education Award of $3,447.50 (for 900 hours/26 weeks) or $1,824.07 (for 450 hours/13 weeks). This award can be used to pay education-related costs including tuition and payback of qualifying student loans. Individuals have 7 years to use the education award.
Comprehensive hands-on training that will prepare members to build a career in conservation. Training depends on the type of crew you join, but may include chainsaw, technical trail, herbicide, wilderness medical/first aid, Leave No Trace, outdoor leadership, backcountry skills and more, an average value of over $1,500.
Eligible student loans can be placed into forbearance while serving in AmeriCorps with ACE
Some Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who serve a minimum of 640 total hours, with 120 of those hours on an eligible public land project, may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status when applying to future federal jobs. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here.
ACE operates on a nontraditional schedule, from 4-to-8 days on projects in the field and then providing members 3-to-6 days off between each project to explore new places. We encourage a culture of active exploration, and members regularly spend their off time visiting new parks and outdoor destinations to go backpacking, rock climbing, camping, and enjoy local culture.
ACE is currently looking for enthusiastic young adults for crews across the country. Opportunities are currently available in California from state parks along the coast all the way into the High Sierras, to the high desert and forests of the Mountain West, the Southwest and its canyons and mountains, and throughout the Eastern US from the Smokies to the Atlantic Coast.
Sacramento, CA; Ridgecrest, CA; Hurricane, UT; Flagstaff, AZ; Asheville, NC