Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps in Asheville (NC).
ACE is seeking Corps Members dedicated to serving 6 weeks on conservation projects, including habitat restoration and trail construction & maintenance. This opportunity is intended for young adults with a deep interest in contributing to conservation efforts.
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.
*This is a non-AmeriCorps position*
Start Date: February 28th, 2019
Estimated End Date: April 13th, 2019
Location: Asheville, NC
The planting project takes place in two different sites in Virginia; Lovingston, VA and The Plains, VA.
Schedule: Project schedule is a 6 week hitch. (5) 8 hour days, Monday through Friday. Expect to spend 6 weeks in Virgina. First day on project is March 4th - You will travel as a crew up to the site on Sunday, March 3rd.
Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $140/week, paid bi-weekly. Crew members will also receive a Waders in the water web based training, which is an aquatic restoration certification program and wetland restoration training.
ACE provides Crew Members with food on project days; Corps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
ACE provides Crew Members their campsites and tents during their time working with ACE. The member will provide his or her own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.
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, Corps 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.
This is unlike our other positions in the Corps. This posting is strictly for this 6 week, non-AmeriCorps position.
Crew members will be apart of a professionally supervised team as they work on a large scale riparian and wetland restoration planting project. They will 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 and ACE EPIC, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from Trout Headwaters Incorporated.
It is a wet time of year in Virginia - work will be in a wetland and riparian environment. Expect to get wet and muddy a lot. Wetland and Riparian environments are prone to being mucky. Between the 2 planting sites; 42,615 plants in 6 weeks. Project partners will have predetermined the planting sites - each planting species has a habitat designation. Depending on the species of plant - it will determine where it goes. The crew will be front country camping in either a state park or state forest, within driving distance of the work site.
Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:
Wetland and Riparian habitat restoration
Native plant installation
Invasive species removal
Working knowledge of plant spacing and habitat type
Planting quality control
Interfacing with project partners
Variety of different wetland plant species: ~70 species of mix of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Willows, dog woods, sycamores, witch hazel, maples, buckeyes, oaks, sedges, ferns, and many other species.
Corps Members get experience working with or in conjunction with the following tools and equipment, not limited to:
Shovels, Dibble bars, Post hole diggers, Trowels, and many more
Planting forms include but are not limited to:
Bare roots, Plugs, Tubers, Live Stakes, Fascine Whips, 1 gallon containers, 4 inch containers, Tubelings
I.e. dry,shade,light // wet,dry,shade,light // etc.
Qualifications: Applicants must be capable of performing physically demanding labor on environmental and conservation projects for 8-10 hours a day. Applicants should expect to hike extended distances on wet mucky terrain carrying 40 lbs, and be prepared to spend 6 consecutive week in the field, on this project. Corps Members will work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to upper 60's, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and possibly snow. ACE is searching for those with fine tuned quality control, and know how to pace themselves with the understanding that it will be tough working conditions.
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 Ecological Restoration and outdoor work
Experience navigating with a map
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.