ACE Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Member, Asheville (NC) - Sept. 14th
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 3 months (450 hours) or 6 months (900 hours)* 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.
Our mission is to introduce and prepare Corps Members for careers in resource management with ACE, with other conservation corps, or with public land management agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, State Parks, or the Bureau of Land Management, along with others. The South East Region encompasses a vast area ranging from New Jersey to Florida, the Outer Banks to the Mississippi, and then everywhere in between.
Start Date: September 14th, 2021
Estimated End Date: December 18th, 2021 or April 2nd, 2021*
Location: Asheville, NC
*900 hour members will have get a 3 week break from field work December 19th - January 8th. No housing, food, or pay will be given at this time
Projects take place throughout the East. Currently teams are working in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mammoth Cave 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 and during Covid, Corps Members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from Asheville. Remote projects typically last either two or four weeks, with the 4 days on/3 days off schedule.
Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance of $200/week, paid bi-weekly.
Corps Members obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,678.57 for a 450-hour position and $3,172.50 for a 900-hour position. The Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring eligibility (great for federal jobs) is possible with the 900-hour position.
ACE provides Corps Members with food on project days; Corps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
Housing: 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:
- Habitat restoration
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Dry and wet stone masonry
- Wetland restoration
- Plant identification
- Historical preservation
- 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