Summer AmeriCorps Service with ACE - Stipend, Food, Housing, Travel Included


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Sun May 21, 2017 - Sat Aug 26, 2017


328 Ingalls St.Suite BSanta Cruz, CA 95060


American Conservation Experience: CA AmeriCorps Summer Program (ACE CA - 450 Hour AmeriCorps Professional Development Internship)

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Santa Cruz, South Lake Tahoe, and Southern California is currently hiring energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as AmeriCorps members in a 14-week outdoor skills training program introducing and preparing them for careers in resource management with ACE, with other conservation corps, or with public agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, or the Bureau of Land Management, among others.

ACE is currently hiring corps members for an AmeriCorps summer term in 2017:

Start Date: May 21, 2017 End Date: August 26, 2017

*An early arrival as soon as 5/19 may be required for out-of-state residents who need to complete CA state criminal history checks. All checks must clear before earning AmeriCorps hours.

A 450-hour, 14-week commitment is required. *There may be opportunities available to continue with ACE after the 14-week period for the best performing crew members. Extensions to service are also dependent on available projects in the field and seasonal constraints. If you are currently enrolled in school and your schedule conflicts by a few days, please inquire with ACE staff regarding our scheduling.

Position Description: AmeriCorps Professional Development Members will spend just over 3 months training on complex trail construction, forestry, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE’s most highly skilled staff members. The goal of the position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques such as trail construction, ecological restoration, and dry stone masonry.

AmeriCorps Professional Development Members will also gain leadership skills while implementing field safety principles in a team environment, interacting with various other Corps members currently serving or who join later in the season. Leadership, responsibility, and professionalism are encouraged and expected on off-days and at ACE housing. Each member is required to facilitate or help organize one environmental volunteer event (Volunteer Service Project - VSP), completing an additional 3 hours within the SLT/S. Cruz/So Cal community or a local community near a project site. The goal is to represent AmeriCorps, inspire service, and recruit a minimum of ten members complete some aspect of environmental volunteer service alongside local residents for the common good.

All ACE field work is physically demanding, often requiring stints in the backcountry and/or extended stays in the field. This position requires hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.

Location: Field projects will take place at various locations throughout California during the summer of 2017. All participants must be flexible and willing to be assigned to a variety of locations and for multiple agencies, wherever community need is the highest. Project assignments vary in length from one week to two months so members will experience a range of opportunities during their three-month term. Long-term project assignments are necessary to extend advanced training to crew members, as well as invest your skills and commitment to see a project through to completion. Often ACE California has a significant focus in the Eastern Sierra Range and Tahoe Basin regions once the climate is favorable to travel to higher elevations. Crew members’ project schedule is comprised of multiple short-term 'hitches’ on average 8-11 days long. Members return to the same project until completion, and/or to other projects in motion. Flexibility is necessary for locations during days-off, as you will spend days-off in potentially housing locations of Santa Cruz, South Lake Tahoe, Southern California(new for 2016/2017), and/or time-off on project sites.

Financial Benefits:

ACE Conservation Corps members in this commitment receive a living allowance of $3,200 (before tax) for 450 hours of service, spread evenly over the 14-week period. Pay periods are 2 weeks in length and end every other Friday. The living allowance calculates to $228.57 per week BEFORE state and federal taxes & housing deduction. ($228.57 = $3200 divided by 14 weeks) Members pay $25/week for ACE housing on off days in Santa Cruz/South Lake Tahoe/Southern CA as an automatic deduction from the living allowance.

Upon successful completion of the program, members receive a Segal Education Award of $1,538.36 to be used to pay future tuition or existing federal student loans. Food is provided on project days, and housing (volunteer housing, tents, limited facilities) is included both on and off projects.

Qualifications: AmeriCorps members serving with ACE should have an established interest in conservation issues and should take joy in tackling challenging situations with a positive mindset. Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work in all types of weather and terrain, and to participate as a team member dedicated to ACE’s mission. ACE’s Conservation Corps program is meant as a stepping stone to environmental careers and as a gateway to potential advancement within ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend several weeks working in beautiful locations. Drug users, including users of marijuana, should not consider applying as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and absolutely abhors the presence of drug users in our program. ACE intends to be a positive influence and intends to create safe and healthy environments for our members. The culture of alcohol and tobacco use is also restricted from ACE property and not supported by our mission of professionalism and personal development.

Other Requirements:

  • Program is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • To prove eligibility and citizenship, members must be able to provide ORIGINALS of the following documents: 1) Social Security card, 2) Passport -OR- Birth certificate, 3) Photo ID (passport, driver’s license, military license, or student ID)
  • ACE will provide tents to all Members (upon request) but all other camping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and raingear must be provided by the applicant.
  • Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE, smoking is not permitted in many of the sensitive worksites. Smoking is not allowed on ACE property.
  • This position is a "covered position" that may entail episodic (temporary) access to vulnerable populations such as youth and the elderly. Selection for the position is contingent upon a review of all Criminal History results.

Age: 18-25 (as per AmeriCorps national guidelines, however ACE reserves the ability to set alternative upper age guidelines, please inquire if necessary)

Training: Trainings may include a variety of technical project and outdoor skills such as retaining wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and shaping, setting up rigging systems, tread and switchback construction, installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devices, restoration management, or GPS use. Certification-style training such as CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Leave No Trace Training may be included, dependent on project scheduling, available classes, and training staff. Because of the short-term nature of a 450-hr term, certification training can often be excluded because of the focus on weekly field-based training that is constantly occurring on projects. Practical work and environmental training abound, we encourage the growth of our short-term corps members to continue and develop to eventually be present for future certifications that become available with an extended commitment. Membership spanning several seasons allows for additional training opportunities.

Positions open until filled, but are in high demand. Apply now!


To Apply: Fill in your basic information and click "APPLY FOR THIS POSITION" located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing above or find on our website here:

Upload all requested documents including your motivation statement, resume, and 3 professional references. Rather than a traditional cover letter, please include a motivation statement which sincerely describes your interests, skills, professional goals, and any other relevant information in regards to this opportunity. This is your opportunity to stand out and express why you are a great fit for our program, in your own words.

NOTE:Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time, and is open until filled. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the California Outreach Coordinator, Marcel Coppolino at 928-814-3191 or

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In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Relationship Building
  • Environmental Science

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 14 weeks, plus up to 6 months available to extend
  • proof of US citizenship, personal medical insurance, proper gear and clothing

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