ACE – Emerging Forestry Professional – Including Chainsaw Training: Arizona

American Conservation Experience
Projects take place in close proximity to Flagstaff, Arizona, including Coconino National Forest.
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Members will receive a bi-weekly living stipend of $220.00 and will earn a $2,865.00 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service. This Education Award can be used towards school loans and/or future educational pursuits. ACE will provide free meals during all project days as well as free housing in Flagstaff during project off-days.
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American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to young adults interested in pursuing careers in forest/land management and environmental stewardship.

ACE Southwest, based out of Flagstaff, Arizona is seeking young individuals (ages 18 – 25) from all backgrounds to perform hand-thinning and forest fuels reduction activities in designated project areas of Coconino National Forest.

This 25-week professional development position will serve as an excellent opportunity for emerging forestry managers and professionals seeking hands-on experience with hazardous fuel treatment and reduction activities. Successful candidates will be provided job skills training, educational seminars and network opportunities throughout their commitment.

Due to the rugged and steep terrain in the region, the project area has historically not been targeted for fuels reduction treatment. The region is at high risk of a catastrophic wildfire event without appropriate fuels reduction treatment, which would result in severe economic, social and ecological consequences for the City of Flagstaff.

These emerging forestry professionals will be responsible for hand-thinning approximately 100 acres within Coconino National Forest. This project will help protect Flagstaff’s surrounding watersheds and increase local community resilience to catastrophic forest fire and post-fire flood impacts.

Position Roles and Responsibilities:
This position entails the following-
• Working on a crew of 8 young professionals in the outdoors for 8 consecutive days, including camping in close proximity to the job site.
• Operating chainsaws to hand-thin 100 acres of dense ponderosa pine forest.
• Moving downed debris/slash to build burn piles for future fire prescriptions.
• Organizing, recruiting and co-leading local community volunteer service projects.
• Networking with multi-sector forestry professionals and wildlife biologists.
• Working during challenging weather conditions (rain, wind, heat, cold, snow, etc.).

Applicants accepted into this professional development program will serve and complete a 900 hour (25 week) AmeriCorps commitment. Successful applicants will serve on an 8-person saw crew, working 80 hours and camping over 8 or 9 consecutive days, followed by 6 days-off. Corps Members will also be involved with the development, recruitment and implementation of forest restoration-related, volunteer service events in the local Flagstaff community.

Members will participate in a Wilderness First Aid course and S-212 Chainsaw Equivalent training course upon entry to the organization. Members will be exposed to industry professional guest speakers during off-days and have the opportunity to participate in a S-130/S-190 training course.
Applicants must have an established interest in forestry, land management and/or environmental stewardship. 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.

Throughout their term of service Members are expected to:
• Possess a team-first, positive mindset, strong and proactive work ethic, and professional demeanor.
• Professionally represent ACE at all local community, public events.
• Attend additional educational seminars and community events during project off-days.
• Conduct performance evaluations with ACE senior staff throughout term of service.

Physical Requirements -
• Lift heavy (up to 60 lbs) objects for periods of several hours.
• Hike up to 10 miles per day with heavy backpacks and tools (40-60 lbs).
• Perform duties in inclement weather on steep terrain without access to restrooms or developed sanitation facilities.
• Bend at the waist for long periods and spend the entire workday standing or walking.
• Ability to see, talk and hear – must use visual and auditory senses to anticipate or detect safety concerns.
• Ability to work in areas where emergency medical services are not immediately available and definitive care may be 2 or more hours away.

Other Requirements:
• This position is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
• Must be 18 – 25 years of age.
• Upon hire, all Members must consent to a heightened Criminal History Check. Their service with ACE will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed.
• Members must possess their own personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
• ACE will provide tents and PPE to all Members but Members will be required to provide all other outdoor items including but not limited to: full leather boots (no mesh), sleeping bags, backpacks, and durable raingear.
• ACE maintains a zero-tolerance policy for drugs. Alcohol use is strictly prohibited on ACE projects and on ACE property. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE’s alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.
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Jeff Bousson
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