Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, provides professional development opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to conservation and environmental stewardship. ACE crews work on a variety of environmental projects with different land management agencies throughout Arizona.
ACE Arizona's AmeriCorps Professional Development Program is a highly competitive position designed for motivated and high-achieving individuals seeking leadership opportunities in the conservation field. Professional Development Corps Members will have more responsibilities and higher expectations placed on them while also receiving additional training and development opportunities throughout their term of service. Previous AmeriCorps Members in this position have moved on to positions of seniority within ACE and the greater Conservation Corps industry. During their term Members will be pushed to develop technical conservation and leadership skills in the field in order to prepare them for potential future leadership roles. As such, an enthusiasm for the work and the ability to be a self-starter is required.
Position Roles and Responsibilities: Professional Development Members will have the opportunity to work alongside project partners within various land management agencies in locations including Grand Canyon National Park, Prescott National Forest and Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Professional Development Members will work in crews of 8 while completing conservation projects involving trail construction/maintenance, invasive species removal, fencing, and habitat restoration. All Members must successfully complete their term of service by fulfilling a 900 hour (25 week) commitment. ACE crews typically work 80 hours and camp over 8 or 9 consecutive days in both backcountry and frontcountry settings. However, ACE crews may be required to participate in projects spanning 4 to 6 weeks at a time.
Qualifications: Applicants must have an established interest in conservation issues and/or a background in Forestry, Environmental Sciences or related fields. Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work with a positive mindset in all types of weather and terrain. Applicants also must be able to communicate and problem solve in a team-oriented environment to accomplish project goals.
Professional Development Corps Members will participate in a Wilderness First Aid course as well as receiving a US Forest Service A-Faller certification. upon entry to the organization. Please visit http://www.usaconservation.org/locations/flagstaff-az/ for an overview of the training. ACE will provide additional training opportunities during their term of service such as: industry professional guest speakers during off-days, specific skills trainings, and the opportunity to attend ACE Crew Leader training weekends. Corps Members will be required to develop, recruit for, and execute a large community service event in the local Flagstaff Community.
Throughout their term of service Members are expected to:
Assist Crew Leader in pre-project logistics such as food, tool and gear preparation and packing.
Agree to the terms and conditions of a Housing Supervisor and enforce all ACE housing policies.
Conduct performance evaluations with ACE staff at least twice during their term of service.
Represent ACE at events such as: AmeriCorps Week, Earth Day, National Trails Day, and Mayors Day of Recognition.