American Conservation Experience - CREW
  • ACE Southwest Arizona
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 400 per week
  • Other
  • AmeriCorps Team Leader
  • CREW

Housing, Food, and Job Skills Training Included. AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of term requirements.

American Conservation Experience (ACE) 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 ATL program engages and motivates participants seeking to broaden their leadership skills and expand their professional knowledge in conservation.

AmeriCorps Team Leader (ATL) - ACE Conservation Crew - Southwest Arizona

Start Date:

April 3, 2023 - June 24, 2023

April 17th, 2023 - July 8, 2023

May 1st, 2023 - July 22, 2023

We have set start dates based on a required orientation. We are regularly posting new start dates throughout the year. If this start date does not work for you, feel free to "Sign Up for Job Alerts" for future position announcements.


ACE is seeking an AmeriCorps Team Leader (ATL) Corps Members committed to working 12 weeks (450 hours) on outdoor conservation projects.


Work projects will take place throughout the Southwest. Our office and most of our member housing is located in Flagstaff, AZ. However, many projects will include spending up to two months working and living at locations further away from Flagstaff.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • ATL Members receive an $800 bi-weekly living stipend
  • 3 meals per day while on project (approximately 16 days/month)
  • Free housing accommodation and use of a tent throughout your term; housing may come in the form of ACE housing, AirBnBs, Hostels, or campgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Upon successful completion of a full term, eligible AmeriCorps Members receive an Education Award of $1,678.57 (for 450 hours/12 weeks).


  • Required for members to be between 18 - 30 or veterans between 18 - 35.
  • Strong preference towards members between the ages of 21 - 30 or veterans between 21 - 35 for ACE drive training purposes.
  • Strong preference towards members with valid driver's licenses for ACE drive training.
  • Has 3 - 6 months of Conservation experience. Preferably with a Conservation Corps.
  • 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 heavy manual labor for extended periods, often under adverse weather conditions and in multiple climates.
  • 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
  • The candidate must have completed any other AmeriCorps term before beginning this new AmeriCorps term.
  • 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 before hiring.

Position Description:

As a member of ACE crew, ATL assists Crew Leaders in the logistics and administration of teams of Conservation Corps members performing environmental conservation and restoration projects throughout the Southwest United States. ATLs provide leadership to Corps members, training in technical skills, and lead partial teams of Corps members. ATL also may train Corps members in conservation work skills and outdoor living skills. Work projects are almost exclusively outdoors, involve 80 hours of strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and may involve backcountry camping for several days in remote wilderness locations.

ACE projects typically include:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Invasive species removal
  • Habitation restoration
  • Fence installation/repair
  • Dry and wet stone masonry
  • Forest management
  • Fire fuels reduction

Typical Duties:

  • Assisting in leading crews that are performing conservation work projects
  • Assisting the Crew Leader in logistical details of transportation, tools, equipment, living arrangements, field communication, and work project completion.
  • Receiving ACE driver training and assisting the Crew Leader in transporting the crew to worksites
  • Camping with the 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 completing project paperwork where necessary, including weekly reports, safety sheets, accident reports, end-of-week checklists, feedback forms, and others as required.
  • Organizing and overseeing the efficient and orderly management of the crew camp.
  • Overseeing all aspects of the de-rig process and ensuring that all corps members are assigned and perform their de-rig responsibilities properly and thoroughly.


ATL Corps Members work 10 hours daily for 80 hours in a 2-week pay period. While working, Corps Members camp in wilderness areas close to their work site. Between work projects, Corps Members will generally spend their off days at provided housing in Flagstaff, but they may spend off days in other locations during projects further away from Flagstaff. The typical schedules are working 8 days in a row followed by 6 days off OR working 4 days in a row followed by 3 days off, but this can vary based on projects and other factors.


  • 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.

To Apply: Please submit a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References using the APPLY NOW section in the right-hand corner of this position listing. Rather than a traditional cover letter, please include a motivational statement that describes your interests, skills, professional goals, and other relevant information regarding this opportunity. This is your opportunity to stand out and express why you are a great addition to our teams in your own words.

Check out our website and social media pages for photos and feedback!

For Southwest application questions, contact:

Olivia Newell-Bauer,

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 nondiscrimination in employment in every location where the company has facilities.

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