American Conservation Experience: CA AmeriCorps Professional Development Program
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Santa Cruz, CA, is currently hiring energetic, ambitious young adults to participate as AmeriCorps members in a six 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 term in 2014: Start Date: March 6, 2014
End Date: September 9, 2014
A 900 hour (minimum), 27 week commitment is required. You are encouraged to consider volunteering with our non-AmeriCorps crews in CA or AZ if you wish to start earlier than March 2014.
Position Description: AmeriCorps Members will spend 6 months training on complex trail construction, forestry, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE’s most skilled staff members. The goal of the position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques such as trail construction, ecological restoration, dry stone masonry, and chainsaw use.
AmeriCorps Members will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support ACE volunteers who are rotated into long term projects. Each Member is required to coordinate one volunteer event, recruiting a minimum of ten members of the Santa Cruz community or a local community near a project site to participate in a service project.
All work is physically demanding, occasionally 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.
Location: Members will be based in Santa Cruz and/or South Lake Tahoe, CA. Projects will 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 several months so Members will experience a range of opportunities throughout their six-month term.
Pay: AmeriCorps Members receive a living allowance of $6,400 (before tax) for a minimum of 900 hours of service, spread evenly over the 27 week period. Upon successful completion of the program, Members receive an AmeriCorps education award of up to $2,775 to be used to pay tuition or student loans. Food on project days and subsidized housing are provided (Members pay $100/month for housing).
Qualifications: Applicants 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 six months 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.
• Position is available to US Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of the US.
• Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
• ACE will provide tents to all Members (upon request), but other camping items such as sturdy boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, and raingear must be provided by successful applicants.
• Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE, smoking is not permitted.
Training: Members will be certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR and will develop interpersonal and leadership skills while serving as mentors to ACE volunteers and as support for ACE and agency staff. Members will also receive Leave No Trace training. Other training will be dependent on project assignments and may include technical skills such as retaining wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and shaping, setting up rigging systems, tread and switchback construction, installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devices, chainsaw training, and GPS use.
Positions open until filled but are in high demand (usually filled by late-January). Apply now!
Please visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do . You must first create a username and password. Then you will create an application. Finally, you will ‘search positions’ for ACE CA and submit your application to the position. The position can be found here on their website:
In your application, pay special attention to the Motivational Statement and describe why you are interested in our ACE program specifically.
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