Natural Resource Member

American Conservation Experience

About the organization

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth, young adults, and emerging professionals of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.


The ACE member will assist the Cumberland Gap's Resource Management staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks. The member will spend the majority of their time in the field performing physically demanding tasks as assigned. Approximately 75 - 80% of the fieldwork will be Hemlock Woolly Adelgid control; duties will also include exotic plant management and other invasive species work.

This project is very physically demanding. In order to perform Hemlock Woolly Adelgid control, the ACE member must be very comfortable navigating off trail in the backcountry using GPS. Backcountry camping in a team of two will be required. This treatment is performed off-trail and requires bushwhacking through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and greenbrier up-and-down steep slopes, crossing streams, carrying 2.5-gallon jugs of insecticide, measuring trees, applying chemical at the base of the tree, marking treated trees, and moving onto the next tree. The Member must be able to hike up to 8 miles a day carrying up to 40 lbs of gear in all weather conditions and in steep terrain.

Another duty would be exotic plant control. Exotic plant control at Cumberland Gap is almost always accomplished by spraying herbicides.

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- U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
- Willing & able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, as well as a positive, contributing member of a group.
- Valid driver's license & insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Willing to undergo & must pass criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Ability to communicate clearly with peer professionals, volunteers, and NPS staff.
- Members will be required to hike 5-10 miles per day while carrying up to 40 lbs of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, bushwhacking in some cases through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and greenbrier, and camp in the backcountry.
- Comfortable navigating off-trail by maps and GPS units in the mountains.
- Willing & able to serve in all weather conditions, from 90 degrees Fahrenheit & 90% humidity in full sun in the summer, to freezing temperatures in winter.
- Willing to use herbicides and insecticides, and pass the Kentucky pesticide certification test to apply pesticides in forestry situations.
- Ability to serve in small a group setting, performing strenuous duties, while maintaining a positive attitude.
- Ability to serve independently in remote areas.


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