American Conservation Experience seeks fall conservation interns

Sept 12, 2013

Unpaid internship positions

ACE - Corps Member Internship

Location(s): Santa Cruz, California or Lake Tahoe, California, with travel to various project locations. Corps member interns will be given accommodation at one of ACE’s houses in Santa Cruz or Tahoe where they will return for their off days when working in the field. Project locations will vary throughout the internship.

Overview: American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a Non-Profit conservation corps offering unpaid, team-based internships for both Americans and Internationals to take part in challenging outdoor projects in many of the most beautiful National Parks, National Forests and Wilderness areas in the Western United States. ACE also offers paid internships for individual placement based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

ACE is dedicated to providing professional development and service learning opportunities for emerging land managers and conservation-minded volunteers in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings. ACE members embody an ethic of environmental stewardship, learn practical conservation skills, and explore career options while accomplishing vital conservation projects in many of America’s most spectacular open spaces.

ACE corps members come from the United States and many nations around the world to volunteer in small teams on direct service projects for the National Forest Service, National Park Service and other land management agencies throughout the American West. Typical projects include exotic species removal, trail construction and maintenance, native plant re-vegetation, fence construction, erosion control, and wilderness restoration. Corps members contribute their positive energy and enthusiasm in a production-oriented atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to take pride in their team's accomplishments.

Position Description/Responsibilities: Corps members will serve on ACE crews supporting the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and other land management agencies. Corps members will work and camp for up to 8 days at a time, getting their hands dirty with conservation projects in the most beautiful locations in the vast American West.

Specific responsibilities include: Following instructions from all ACE, USFS, and other agency staff and understanding and respecting all wilderness regulations and policies.

Following strict safety guidelines, 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. Working with a professional demeanor as a part of a team. Good public communication skills are a must. Desire and ability to work outdoors and hike long distances, at times in inclement weather and terrain. Willingness to perform strenuous physical activity such as frequent bending and lifting and carrying heavy weights. Willingness to spend up to six consecutive weeks in the backcountry.

Remuneration/Benefits: Free housing in Santa Cruz or Tahoe during off-days. Free food and individual tents during project days. Free transportation to and from project locations. Opportunity to obtain a paid individual internship within our Salt Lake City Internship program. Opportunity to progress within the organization and obtain a paid position. Practical, hands-on experience that will enhance resume/leadership building. Networking and upward mobility opportunities with various projects partners Leadership and guidance from our ACE staff. Job skills training, career development, and service learning opportunities. Unique experience that leaves plenty of time for members to explore the American West with fellow outdoor enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds.

Position Qualifications: Corps members must provide proof of health insurance and a 12 week commitment. ACE accepts all young Americans (preferably 18- 25) that possess a positive attitude and strong work ethic. 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.

Dates of Employment: September 21 to November 30, 2013

How to Apply:

1. Visit
2. Complete our online registration form at

Contact information:

Andrew Mumm 333 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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