ACE has Flagstaff, AZ-area opening for trails projects with the US Forest Service

Dec. 22, 2010

American Conservation Experience: Professional Development Forestry Internship
Southwest Parks and Refuges

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ is seeking Professional Development Forestry Interns to dedicate six months to working on trails projects with the US Forest Service. The possibility of other projects with various other land management agencies exists. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young adults with a background in an environmental field and a dedicated interest in pursuing a career with the US Forest Service or other land management agency. These volunteer internships provide the opportunity to learn and train among professional mentors in the execution of significant conservation and land management objectives in the Southwestern US. Professional Development Forestry Interns will also gain leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support ACE volunteers who are rotated into long term projects. In addition to providing housing for off days, and food while on project, all interns will receive a $110 per week living allowance.

Start date: January 15, 2011
End date: July 2, 2011

A six month commitment is required.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ with travel to various project locations.

Interns will be given accommodation at one of ACE’s volunteer houses in Flagstaff, Arizona where they will return for their off days when not staying in the field. The actual location of project sites will vary throughout the internship.

Project emphasis will be on:
New trail construction on the Cleveland Forest near San Diego, California.
Backcountry trails project in Coronado National Forest in Southeastern Arizona.

Other possibilities include, but are not limited to:
Tamarisk eradication at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.
Tamarisk eradication for US Fish and Wildlife in Yuma, Arizona and at multiple nature refuges in New Mexico.
Tamarisk eradication for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at multiple sites on the Navajo Reservation. 

Working Conditions:
Work is labor intensive and strenuous, performed outdoors in remote high desert terrain. Interns may work and operate equipment in adverse conditions that include extended exposure to harsh winter conditions as well as Arizona’s summer monsoon thunderstorms, sun, heat, wind, rain, loud noise, uneven terrain, mud, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and various stinging or biting insects.

Internship Major Duties and Expectations:
Professional Development Forestry Interns will support ACE, the US Forest Service, and other agency staff on projects. Typical duties include:

Assisting ACE and agency staff with the construction of a variety of advanced trail structures such as stone staircases, dry stone retaining walls, rock check dams, waterbars, etc. Interns will also assist ACE staff in routine trail maintenance duties such as brushing trails, outsloping tread and clearing drainage structures.
Demonstrating safe and effective chainsaw use and application of pesticide (training provided).
Completing work tasks as instructed by ACE staff, keeping daily work log and demonstrate proper work procedures and methods while working in the field with or near other volunteer groups.
Following strict guidelines in making safety a priority, including the responsible use of personal protective gear and insuring that all tools, equipment, vehicles and other co-workers are working safely in all conditions.
Following instructions from all ACE, USFS, and other agency staff and understanding and respecting all wilderness regulations and policies.
Working with a professional demeanor as a part of a team. Good public communication skills are a must.

Qualifications: Applicants for ACE’s Professional Development Forestry Internship must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have an established interest in conservation issues and/or a background in Forestry or 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 volunteers, graduated members of other conservation corps, and those with a history of committed engagement in similar volunteer and outdoors activities.
ACE’s Professional Development Forestry 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 6 months working in beautiful locations. Drug users, including 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.

Other Requirements:
Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
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.

Position available immediately and open until filled. Please apply ASAP.

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references to Colin Giegerich at with “Professional Development Forestry Internship” in the subject heading of your email.

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