Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nationwide non-profit Conservation Corps in Asheville (NC), in partnership with AmeriCorps.
ACE is seeking Corps Members dedicated to serving 13 or 24 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.
Start Date: June 14th, 2018
Estimated End Date: September 15th (13 weeks) or December 1st (24 weeks)
Location: Asheville, NC
Projects take place throughout the East. Currently teams are working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Congaree National Forest, and Daniel Boone National Forest, among other locations.
Schedule: Project schedules vary greatly, but typically Corps Members work 4 days on/ 3 days off. For remote projects, Corps Members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from Asheville. Remote projects typically last about three weeks, with the 4 days on/3 days off schedule.
Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $110/week, paid bi-weekly.
Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,538.36 (450 hour position/13 weeks) or $2,907.50 (900 hour position/24 weeks) upon successful completion of service.
ACE provides Corps Members with food on project days; Corps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
ACE provides Corps Members housing on off-days during their term of service. When working in or near North Carolina, Corps Members spend off-days in our hostel-style housing in Asheville. When working remotely, Corps Members will be provided housing in those remote locations. 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.
Corps Members serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, 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, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other stewards of our nation's public lands.
Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:
Trail construction and maintenance
Dry and wet stone masonry
Invasive species removal
Corps Members get experience working with or in conjunction with the following tools and equipment, depending on their level of training:
Trail Maintenance: Pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and griphoists
Restoration Equipment: Herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools
Power Tools and Gas Powered Equipment: Chainsaws, brush-cutters, drills, saws, and compressors
Qualifications: Applicants must be capable of performing physically demanding labor on environmental and conservation projects for 10 hours a day. Applicants should expect to hike extended distances on rough terrain carrying 40 lbs, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field, on one project. Corps Members will work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and snow.
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 hiking and navigation in steep terrain
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 and AmeriCorps 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.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Kelly Waldron, the North Carolina Outreach Coordinator, at Kwaldron@usaconservation.org.