American Conservation Experience - CREW
  • ACE Southwest Arizona
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • AmeriCorps Team Leader
  • CREW

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator - ACE Conservation Crew - Southwest Arizona

Start Date: January 18th, 2022

American Conservation Experience is a national non-profit conservation corps dedicated to providing career development and outdoor experiential learning opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to environmental conservation. The ACE AmeriCorps program engages and motivates participants seeking to broaden their leadership skills and expand professional knowledge in the field of conservation.


American Conservation Experience (ACE) is seeking an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) committed to working 24 weeks (900 hours) on outdoor conservation projects.

Position Description:

As a member of ACE crew, an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (AVC) will assist in the logistics, coordination and implementation of volunteer events across the Coronado National Forest. This will include but is not limited to conducting trail assessments and maintenance, historic preservation as well as training and working alongside volunteers across the various districts of the Coronado NF. Work projects are almost exclusively outdoors, involve up to 80 hours of strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and may involve backcountry camping for several days at a time in remote wilderness locations.


Work projects will take place across the Coronado National forest in southern Arizona with possible trips to Flagstaff, Arizona for training and orientation. Housing will be provided in Tucson, AZ for the duration of this project. Other ACE crews may also be staying at the house for periods of time during their days off.


The work schedule will vary during the year but will most likely consist of a 4 days on 3 days off schedule with each day being 10 hours in length. Depending on forest needs and volunteer events this schedule may run Tuesday through Friday, Wednesday through Saturday or Thursday through Sunday.


  • Required for members to be between 18 - 30 or veterans between 18 - 35.
  • Preference toward members between the ages of 21 - 30 or veterans between 21 - 35 for ACE driver training purposes.
  • Preference towards members who have a valid driver license for ACE driver training purposes.
  • Has 3 - 6 months of Conservation experience. Preferable with a Conservation Corps.
  • Ability to assist in leading and training volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Ability to adapt to the surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, ACE 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 able to commit to a full year of full time work on this project
  • 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.
  • Must submit to a criminal history background check prior to hire.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

Typical Duties:

  • Assist in trail assessment and inventories.
  • Assisting the Volunteer Coordinator in logistical details of transportation, tools, equipment, living arrangements, field communication, and work project completion for various projects or events.
  • Camping out on projects sites when necessary due to distance from housing or length of project/event.
  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • AVC Members receive a $800 bi-weekly living stipend
  • AVC Members receive an additional $50 bi-weekly food stipend.
  • Free housing accommodation and use of a tent throughout your term
  • Transportation to and from worksites
  • Upon successful completion of a full term, eligible AmeriCorps Members receive an Education Award of $3,172.50 (for 900 hours/24 weeks).
  • AVC members working with the USFS may be eligible for Public Land Corps (PLC) non-competitive status for federal hiring following their term of service.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

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For Southwest Arizona application questions, contact: Keean Ruane,

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.

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