American Conservation Experience - CREW
  • American Conservation Experience
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • 240 per week
  • Other
  • Corps Member
  • CREW

Housing, Food, Professional Training, AmeriCorps Education Award

American Conservation Experience is providing opportunities for experiential learning through which members can explore our public lands and do meaningful work to conserve the environment while supporting local communities. Participate in ACE's Crew program to experience your public lands in a whole new way while learning valuable job and life skills, earning money towards continuing education, and building lasting personal and professional connections. Start your journey with ACE today, and discover where your path will lead!

Members of our crew program can expect to get a wide range of experiences while working alongside land management professionals and ACE staff. Members gain experience within camp-life, communal living, conflict resolution, outdoor competencies and more while completing projects ranging from building new trails, to removing invasive plants, planting native plants, historic preservation, and fencing for wildlife habitat and range management on public lands.

Member compensation and benefits include a package valued at $1,700/mo. This package includes housing, program meals, project transportation, and puts $240 a week in your pocket.

Additional benefit details include:

  • $240 bi-weekly living allowance
  • 3 High quality and nutritious meals daily while on project- accommodating your dietary needs and preferences whenever possible
  • 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 a Segal Education Award of $3,247.50 (for 900 hours/26 weeks) or $1,718.25 (for 450 hours/13 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. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here.

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.

Qualifications: Applicants should be prepared to perform physically challenging labor on environmental and conservation projects for 10 hours a day. Applicants should expect to hike extended distances on rough terrain carrying backpacks, tools, and equipment, and be prepared to spend 8 consecutive days in the field, on each project. Members will work in a variety of weather conditions such as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and snow.


- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

- Able and willing to work in a group

- Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of hiking moderate distances in somewhat rough terrain during inclement weather conditions

- Willingness to undergo and must pass a required criminal history check

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, the Southwest and its canyons and mountains, and throughout the Eastern US from the Smokies to the Atlantic Coast.

Use the link below to view our upcoming start dates and locations, and start on your new path with ACE today!

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