American Conservation Experience - CREW
  • ACE Eastern Region
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • 320/weekly
  • Other
  • AmeriCorps Team Leader
  • CREW

Education Award, Living Allowance, Free lodging, and Food while on projects.


American Conservation Experience (ACE) is seeking an AmeriCorps Team Leader (ATL) AmeriCorps Members committed to serving 7 weeks at Daniel Boone National Forest.

American Conservation Experience is a national non-profit conservation corps, with it's Eastern division based out of Asheville, NC. ACE is dedicated to providing career development and outdoor experiential learning opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to environmental conservation. The ACE AmeriCorps ATL program engages and motivates participants seeking to broaden their leadership skills and expand professional knowledge in the field of conservation.

Start Date: November 1st

Estimated End Date: December 4th, 2021

Location: Daniel Boone National Forest (Returns to Asheville every 2-4 weeks)

Position Description:

This project will focus on trail work in Daniel Boone National Forest. AmeriCorps ATL Members will also gain leadership skills while implementing field safety principles in a team environment. Leadership, responsibility, and professionalism are not only encouraged, they are expected on off-days and at ACE housing. Each member is required to participate in at least one environmental volunteer event (Volunteer Service Project VSP). The goal is to represent AmeriCorps, inspire service, and complete environmental volunteer service alongside local residents for the common good.

All ACE field work is physically demanding, often requiring extended stays in the field. This position requires hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while in the front country.

Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:

  • Trail work
  • Rock work
  • Wood work
  • Erosion Control

Common Activities, Tools and Gear that you will find on ACE trails projects: Handsaws, Loppers, Chainsaws, GPS units, Biltmore sticks, Hatchets, Brush cutters, Hand-weeding, Erosion control.

Housing: Housing will be provided in either a bunk house or tent.

Schedule: The project schedule will generally conform to a 4 days on/ 3 days off schedule, with 10-hour days in the field including travel, or a 5 days on/ 2 days off schedule, with 8-hour days in the field including travel.

Typical Duties:

  • Model exemplary performance as outlined in ACE's core values and AmeriCorps Member Service Agreement (MSA)
  • Complete project photo documentation and paperwork with CL direction
  • Leading partial crews or temporarily leading a work crew performing conservation work projects, including, but not limited to: constructing and maintaining trails; constructing and maintaining fences and outdoor facilities; maintaining public parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas.
  • Assisting the Crew Leader in logistical details of transportation, tools, equipment, living arrangements, field communication, and work project completion.
  • Assisting the Crew Leader in transporting crew to worksites, and camping with crew during projects.
  • Maintaining and repairing hand/power tools and other equipment as necessary.
  • Hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country or backcountry campsites.
  • Assisting in the completion of project paperwork where necessary, including weekly reports, safety sheets, accident reports, end of week check lists, feedback forms and others as necessary.
  • Organizing and overseeing the efficient and orderly management of crew camp.
  • Assisting Crew Leader in overseeing aspects of the de-rig process and assuring that all corps members are assigned and perform their de-rig responsibilities properly and completely.
  • Assist Crew Leader in ensuring job site safety, assistance with safety circle, and providing guidance and instruction to corps members, under Crew Leader's guidance

Qualifications:

  • Has 3 - 6 months of Conservation experience.
  • Able and willing to work in a group
  • Ability to assist in leading and training a team.
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, and often under adverse weather conditions and in various climates; capable of hiking moderate distances in somewhat rough terrain
  • Ability to adapt to the surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Conservation Corps members, Crew Leader, partner agency staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to understand and follow ACE systems and processes
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision.
  • Must maintain timely, effective communication with crew, supervisors
  • Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment.
  • Must be flexible and possess a high work ethic
  • Must help enforce the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30, or up to the age of 35 for veterans
  • ACE maintains a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and underage drinking. Alcohol use is prohibited on ACE projects, on ACE property, and at ACE rentals including: Air BnBs and hotels. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE's alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
  • Must submit to a criminal history background check prior to hire.
  • Possess a valid driver's license with no major infractions in the last 3 years

Compensation and Benefits:

  • ATL Members receive a living allowance of $320/week, paid bi-weekly.
  • Upon successful completion of a full term, eligible AmeriCorps Members receive an Education Award of $1,289.95 for a 300-hour position
  • ACE provides AmeriCorps Members with food on project days; AmeriCorps Members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.
  • Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, Members will receive a more extensive packing list. Weather during this time of year can be highly variable so plan on bringing layers of warm clothing and adequate rain gear.
  • Travel: ACE provides transportation to and from worksites; personal vehicles are not necessary throughout the member's term of service. ACE does not provide relocation assistance.

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located in the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationcrew.applicantpool.com/jobs/ If you have questions about the position you may reach out to Olivia Dannemiller, ACE Eastern Division Outreach & Member Support Coordinator, odannemiller@usaconservation.org

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