ACE Conservation Corps Member – Chainsaw/Crosscut/WFA Training Provided, Asheville (NC) – March 1st

American Conservation Experience
Office Location: Asheville, NC Projects take place throughout Eastern Region including Great Smoky Mountains National Park- NC/TN, Mammoth Cave National Park - KY, Gettysburg National Military Park- PA, Blue Ridge Parkway- NC, Congaree National Park - SC, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - GA, Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge - KS, Cumberland Island National Seashore - GA, Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve - FL, and Manassas National Battlefield - VA, among other locations.
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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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 what is listed below. Corps Members get experience working with or in conjunction with the listed tools and equipment, depending on their level of training. Habitat restoration; using herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools Trail construction and maintenance; using pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and grip hoists Dry and wet stone masonry Reforestation Forest thinning Plant identification Fencing Invasive species removal Swamping Historic Preservation Power Tools and Gas Powered Equipment: Chainsaws, brush-cutters, drills, saws, and compressors Preservation Techniques: Adobe, Roofing, Carpentry Start Date: March 1st, 2023 (or flexible) End Date: October 28th, 2023 (or flexible) Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $240/week, ($480/biweekly). Corpsmembers obtain an Education Award for the amount of $4,546.50 upon successful completion of service term. Member will receive two full weeks of training with ACE staff members and on-the-job training to gain skills related to the position. ACE is committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare participants for future careers in the stewardship of America's public lands. Skills and training include: Leave No Trace Training Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification Chainsaw training Crosscut training ACE provides corpsmembers with food during all project days; corpsmembers are responsible for providing their own food on off-days. ACE provides corpsmembers with free housing during their term of service, including weekends. When working in or near the Asheville, NC, corpsmembers spend off days in our hostel-style housing. When working remotely, corpsmembers will be provided housing in those remote locations. Housing may come in the form of campgrounds, bunkhouses, airbnbs, and more. The member will provide their own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels. Public Land Corps Hiring Authority (PLC): ACE Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special, non-competitive hiring authority upon completion of their term. Qualifying members who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority." Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.PLC is a work and education program that allows individuals aged 16-30 opportunities to work on the rehabilitation and restoration of public lands. Successful completion of a qualifying PLC project may qualify applicants for a permanent position in the Forest Service or National Park Service.
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 up to 40 lbs, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field on each project. 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. Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations. COVID-19: All ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the start of their term. Required: U.S. Citizen or permanent resident 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 history check ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term. Preferred: 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 and underage drinking. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful 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. Open until filled, positions are limited.
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