ACE Crew - General Application

American Conservation Experience

About the organization

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.


Members of our crew program can expect to get a wide range of experiences while working alongside land management professionals and ACE staff. Members learn new skills and do everything from building new trails, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, thinning trees, historic preservation, to fencing for wildlife and range management on public lands.

Member compensation and benefits include a package valued at over $1,500/mo. This package includes housing, program meals, project transportation, and puts $200 a week in your pocket.

Start Date: Rolling start dates and various term lengths, ranging between 3-12 months.

ACE operates on a nontraditional schedule, from 4-to-8 days on projects in the field and then providing members 3-to-6 days off between each project to explore new places. We encourage a culture of active exploration, and members regularly spend their off time visiting new parks and outdoor destinations to go backpacking, rock climbing, camping, and enjoy local culture.

ACE is currently looking for enthusiastic young adults for crews across the country. Opportunities are currently available in California from state parks along the coast all the way into the High Sierras, to the high desert and forests of the Mountain West and Southwest, as well as the coastal environments of the Gulf Coast of Texas, to working throughout the Eastern US from the Smokies to the Atlantic Ocean.


Additional benefit details include:

$400 bi-weekly living stipend
3 High quality and nutritious meals daily while on project- accommodating your dietary needs and preferences
Free Housing Accommodations on off days
Tent and camp kitchen supplies while working in the field
Transportation to and from worksites is provided by ACE
Access to a variety of outdoor pro deals with gear companies with exclusive discounts on the spectrum of outdoor gear ranging from 30-50% off MSRP.
Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive an additional Education Award of $3,172.50 (for 900 hours/24 weeks) or $1,678.57 (for 450 hours/12 weeks). This award can be used to pay education-related costs including tuition and payback of qualifying student loans. Individuals have 7 years to use the education award.
Comprehensive hands-on training that will prepare members to build a career in conservation. Training depends on the type of crew you join, but may include chainsaw, technical trail, herbicide, wilderness medical/first aid, Leave No Trace, outdoor leadership, backcountry skills and more, an average value of over $1,500.
Eligible student loans can be placed into forbearance while serving in AmeriCorps with ACE


$200/week living allowance

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply to serve with our Crew program in any of our locations, please begin by filling out your name and contact information in the "Apply Now" box on the right, then click apply. You will then complete the rest of your application, including location preferences, availability, a brief set of questions, and required documents including a resume, cover letter, and references. For more information about our crew positions, please read the description below or return to our job page to learn more about individual divisions or specialized crews.

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