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


Cause Areas


Sun Aug 21, 2016 - Wed Nov 23, 2016


333 Soquel Ave.Santa Cruz, CA 95062


American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Santa Cruz and South Lake Tahoe, CA is currently hiring energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as AmeriCorps members in a three-month outdoor skills training program 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.

ACE is currently hiring corps members for an AmeriCorps fall term in 2016:

(2 options of service are available!)

Start Date: August 21, 2016 (An early arrival of 8/20 is available for out-of-state residents)

End Date: November 23, 2016


Start Date: September 11, 2016 (An early arrival of 9/10 is available for out-of-state residents)

End Date: December 17, 2016

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. ACE plans for a mandatory off-season or furlough for the holidays for at least 3 weeks starting Dec 17th. No ACE housing is available during the furlough.

Position Description: Offered as a unique, short-term opportunity to earn significant practical and environmental work experience, AmeriCorps Professional Development Members will spend 3 months participating 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 being exposed to various field techniques such as trail construction and maintenance, ecological restoration, dry stone masonry, and Leave No Trace principles.

AmeriCorps Professional Development Members will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support ACE Conservation Volunteers who are rotated into long-term projects. All 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. Members will also be expected to serve as ambassadors of ACE and citizens of their local community by participating as a volunteer in a local service event.

Location: Projects throughout the 2016 season take place at various locations throughout California. 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 should expect a range of opportunities during their 14 week term. Flexibility is necessary for locations during days-off, as you will spend days-off in potentially housing locations of Santa Cruz, South Lake Tahoe, and/or time-off on project sites.

Pay: Upon successful completion of the program, members receive an AmeriCorps/EAP education award of up to $1527.58 to be used to pay tuition or federal student loans. More information on the AmeriCorps website. Food is provided on project days, and housing (volunteer housing, tents, primitive facilities) is included both on and off projects. A living stipend will also be allotted in the amount of $110 per week. This is a gross amount before taxes, and the standard amount of state and federal income taxes/withholdings may be applied by law.

Qualifications: Professional Development Members 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 Professional Development 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.

Age: 18-25

Training: Trainings may include a variety of technical project and outdoor skills such as trail hand tool usage, universal trail building principles such as tread and switchback construction, installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devices, and GPS use. If technical rock-work projects exist: retaining wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and shaping, setting up rigging systems may be included.

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

To Apply: Please email your resume, motivation statement, and 3 professional references to Marcel Coppolino ( with "Fall 450 AmeriCorps Professional Development Internship" in the subject heading of your email. Be sure to mention whether you have served any prior AmeriCorps terms of service.

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE!

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

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 14 weeks
  • personal medical insurance
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