American Conservation Experience - CREW
  • American Conservation Experience
  • USA
  • 200 per week
  • Other
  • Corps Member

Thank you for your interest in serving with us and starting your application for our Crew program. To apply to serve with our Crew program in any of our locations, please begin by filling out your name and contact information in the "Apply Now" box on the right, then click apply. You will then complete the rest of your application, including location preferences, availability, a brief set of questions, and required documents including a resume, cover letter, and references. For more information about our crew positions, please read the description below or return to our job page to learn more about individual divisions or specialized crews.

Members of our crew program can expect to get a wide range of experiences while working alongside land management professionals and ACE staff. Members learn new skills and do everything from building new trails, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, thinning trees, historic preservation, to fencing for wildlife and range management on public lands.

ACE is currently looking for enthusiastic young adults for crews across the country. Opportunities are currently available in California from state parks along the coast all the way into the High Sierras, to the high desert and forests of the Mountain West and Southwest, all the way to the hardwood forests, wetlands, and barrier islands of the Eastern US. Crew bases are located in Flagstaff Arizona, Ridgecrest and Sacramento California, Hurricane Utah, and Asheville North Carolina, with crews working in surrounding states and regions.


Start Date: Rolling start dates and various term lengths, ranging between 3-12 months.

Member compensation and benefits offer exceptional value. This package includes the experiential learning of an immersive outdoor experience, which also provides free housing, program meals, industry recognized job skills training, project transportation, and puts $200 a week in your pocket. Members never have to worry about the headache of looking for temporary housing or the high cost of rent in the beautiful destinations ACE Crews are located in.

Additional benefit details include:


  • $400 bi-weekly living stipend
  • 3 High quality and nutritious meals daily while on project- accommodating your dietary needs and preferences
  • Free Housing Accommodations on off days
  • Tent and camp kitchen supplies while working in the field
  • Transportation to and from worksites is provided by ACE
  • Access to a variety of outdoor pro deals with gear companies with exclusive discounts on the spectrum of outdoor gear ranging from 30-50% off MSRP.
  • Upon successful completion of a full term, AmeriCorps Members receive an additional Education Award of $3,172.50 (for 900 hours/24 weeks) or $1,678.57 (for 450 hours/12 weeks). This award can be used to pay education-related costs including tuition and payback of qualifying student loans. Individuals have 7 years to use the education award.
  • Comprehensive hands-on training that will prepare members to build a career in conservation. Training depends on the type of crew you join, but may include chainsaw, technical trail, herbicide, wilderness medical/first aid, Leave No Trace, outdoor leadership, backcountry skills and more, an average value of over $1,500.
  • Eligible student loans can be placed into forbearance while serving in AmeriCorps with ACE
  • Some Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who serve a minimum of 640 total hours, with 120 of those hours on an eligible public land project, may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status when applying to future federal jobs.

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.


ACE operates on a nontraditional schedule, from 4-to-8 days on projects in the field and then providing members 3-to-6 days off between each project to explore new places. We encourage a culture of active exploration, and members regularly spend their off time visiting new parks and outdoor destinations to go backpacking, rock climbing, camping, and enjoy local culture.

Apply today and discover where your path will lead!

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