ACE 900 AmeriCorps Professional Development Internship

Dates(s)

4/28/2014

Location

Flagstaff, AZ, Hurricane, UT or Asheville, NC

Details/Description

ACE AZ/UT/NC – 900 AmeriCorps Professional Development Internship

Work location(s) will take place throughout the American southwest and east coast. Member housing may be based out of Flagstaff, AZ, Hurricane, UT, or Asheville, North Carolina.

Start dates: May 17, May 31 or June 22, 2014.

Summary: Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, St. George, Utah, and Asheville, North Carolina, American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit conservation corps dedicated to providing professional development and outdoor job skills training to youth (18-25) interested in careers related to conservation and land management. As a member organization of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), ACE is dedicated to developing present and future generations of environmental stewards while protecting and restoring public and tribal lands throughout the nation.

ACE is seeking AmeriCorps Interns dedicated to working 25 weeks (900 hours) on outdoor conservation projects.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young adults with a background in an environmental field and/or a dedicated interest in pursuing a career in conservation and environmental stewardship. These internships provide the opportunity to learn and train among professional mentors and participate in the execution of significant conservation and land management objectives. AmeriCorps Interns will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support ACE conservation volunteers who are rotated through long term projects.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an established interest in conservation issues and/or a background in Forestry or a similar field, and should take evident 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. Preference will be given to former and graduating ACE corps members, graduated members of other conservation corps, and those with a history of committed engagement in similar volunteer and outdoors activities.

ACE’s AmeriCorps Professional Development Program is meant as a stepping stone to environmental careers and/or as a gateway to potential leadership positions within ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend up to 25 weeks working in beautiful locations. Applicants should look at this internship as a career opportunity rather than a “job”. Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and generally abhors the presence of drug users in our program.

Internship Responsibilities and Expectations: ACE places high standards and expectations for AmeriCorps interns. All interns must successfully complete their term of service by completing 900 hours (6 month) of service and implementing a volunteer service project within their local community.

ACE crews support land management agencies (National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), etc.) with accomplishing conservation projects such as trail construction/maintenance, habitat restoration, dry stone masonry, fuels reduction, fence installation, and wildlife surveys. ACE crews are generally composed of 8 – 12 youth (ages 18-25) and typically work 80 hours over 8 to 9 consecutive days in the field.

ACE projects require a safe and professional environment, physically demanding manual labor, and a positive attitude. Interns are expected to hike long distances on rough terrain, complete labor intensive tasks, persevere through adverse weather conditions, and demonstrate mutual respect towards all corps members within the program.

ACE crews may be required to participate on projects spanning 4 to 8 weeks at a time. Interns are expected to play a role in preparing and implementing various ACE projects by coordinating closely with ACE staff members and project sponsors. Interns will be held accountable for making safety a top priority, serving as a positive role model for other corps members, and submitting required paperwork in a timely fashion.

Other Requirements:
• Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
• Must be over 18 years of age.
• Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
• ACE will provide tents to all interns (upon request) but all other camping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and raingear must be provided by successful applicants.

Remuneration: Interns will obtain a $2,775.00 education award upon successful completion of service. The education award can be allocated towards most past, present, and future endeavors in secondary education or vocational pursuits. ACE aims to prevent financial hardship by providing interns with a $220.00 bi-weekly living stipend, free meals/food during all project days as well as free dorm-style housing in Flagstaff or Hurricane during off-days. ACE members save over $600 per month due to ACE accommodations with free housing and food.

Training: AmeriCorps interns will participate in a week-long training course before leaving for their first project. Training courses include S-212 Chainsaw use, Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Orientations concerning AmeriCorps, ACE, safety, and leave no trace ethics will also be included during training week. Depending on the project schedule, interns will gain a hands-on experience in trail construction, dry-stone masonry, ecological restoration, and/or fence installation/removal. Interns will be also gain leadership experience by acting as team leaders.

To Apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references (ACE graduates may only submit 1 ACE reference out of the 3) to Jeff Bousson (jeff@usaconservation.org) with "900 AmeriCorps Professional Development Internship – SER Referred" in the subject heading of your email.

Applicants MUST follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conduct all activities in fully accessible settings.

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