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ACE Restoration Project Manager

American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Flagstaff ,  Arizona

Southwest Restoration Project Manager

Location: Flagstaff Arizona

Position: Full Time

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is seeking a Restoration Project Manager to work in the Southwest region with extensive background working with conservation corps in the field. Qualified candidates must have the ability to handle concurrent operations in a fast paced environment, the determination to encourage and enforce compliance with all elements of ACE’s safety policies, and the skills to train and develop ACE’s corps members.

ACE is a rapidly growing, dynamic, national non-profit organization with the reputation for providing professionally supervised crews and career-minded AmeriCorps members to undertake critical natural resource management projects for federal, state, and local agencies.   ACE’s national headquarters is located in Flagstaff, AZ and operates crew branches in California, Utah, and North Carolina. ACE’s Emerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC) conducts field activities and internships nationwide.

The Restoration Project Manager will focus on preparing and supporting ACE's projects on a variety of restoration projects throughout the southwest states where current projects are taking place. This position is a field based position that will spend 70% of work time working and supporting restoration crews in the field and 30% of work time working with the ACE staff in preparing for restoration projects. The Restoration Program Manager will report to the National Restoration Program Manager and work directly with the Southwest Branch Operation Manager’s to coordinate day to day and project specific priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work as a team with other members of the ACE support staff.
  • Directly work with and mentor ACE crew leaders and crew members in the field and during trainings.
  • Perform pre-project site visits on restoration projects
  • Work directly with Southwest Field Operations Managers to prepare crews for restoration projects.
  • Assist National Restoration Program Manager in training ACE field staff, corps members, and interns in the use of chainsaws, herbicide handling, crosscuts, brushcutters, chippers, axes, and any other equipment related to restoration projects.
  • Acquire a Pesticide Applicator License in Southwest states.
  • Perform field visits and provide support on restoration projects to ensure safety and quality control while holding ACE field staff and corps members to ACE’s high standards at all times.
  • Train Crew Leaders and members in the maintenance and upkeep of all chainsaws, crosscuts, brushcutters, and other equipment relevant to restoration projects while keeping ACE shops tidy and above OSHA standards.
  • Guide Crew Leaders in reporting tool logs, herbicide, and GPS data to National Restoration Program Manager after each hitch.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist Restoration Equipment Manager with maintenance and preparation of restoration equipment
  • May be required to act as a spot filler for sick or injured crew members.
  • May be required to act as a crew leader in the absence of a crew leader.
  • As project /time permits, assists in the following responsibilities:
    • Assist in crew orientation
    • Assist with Project Reports under the supervision of National Restoration Program Manager.


  • Must have the ability to travel frequently and often.
  • Must have and maintain at least a WFA certification.
  • Must maintain Pesticide Applicator License in all applicable states.
  • Over 1 year of chainsaw operating experience.
  • Over 1 year experience working with pesticides
  • Over 1 year of teaching and training experience proving the ability to lead a conservation crew in a safe and professional manner.
  • Basic skills in the maintenance and repair of chainsaws, brushcutters, pesticide sprayers, and any other equipment relevant to restoration projects.
  • Considerable knowledge of safety procedures as applied to field operations.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complex safety issues
  • Working knowledge of young adult development, team-building and motivational techniques.
  • Skills to coordinate work activities of culturally and economically diverse employees to ensure quality and efficiency.
  • Ability to adapt to surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • Able 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 establish and maintain effective working relationships with ACE staff, corps members, partner agency staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to learn and understand and follow ACE systems and processes.
  • Willingness to learn and develop personally.
  • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and professionally verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to ACE’s mission and to public service through youth development and volunteerism.

Start Date: Open until filled

Length of Term: We are seeking a dedicated, career-oriented candidate to help ACE develop and manage the restoration program. 2 year commitment following the successful completion of the initial 6 month probationary period.

Compensation:   Starting salary Depending on Experience. Health and dental insurance, paid holiday, vacation and sick leave accrual start after 6 months.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to ACE’s National Restoration Program Manager, Afton McKusick (

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