ACE Mountain West Conservation Crew Member (June/July 2021)

American Conservation Experience - Mountain West Branch

Hurricane, Utah

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $140/Week

Summary:

American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps based in Hurricane, Utah, is looking for members to come join our team of young adults working on meaningful conservation projects throughout the Mountain-West region. This opportunity is intended for those looking to learn valuable skills for their career while immersed in a community of like-minded young professionals from around the country. Members work for 12 or 24 weeks on projects including ecological restoration, habitat improvement, and trail maintenance and construction, all while completing a term of AmeriCorps service. While serving, members have 6 days off between each project to enjoy Utah and the Mountain West's abundant beauty and recreational opportunities with their friends and colleagues. Take your first step towards beginning or advancing your career by applying with us today!

Start Dates available throughout June & July (900hr members who begin on July 14 are eligible for chainsaw training)

Location: Hurricane, Utah

Projects take place throughout the southwest. Crews frequently work in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and National Forests including Fishlake and Manti-La Sal.

Schedule: Project schedules vary greatly, but typically corps members work 8 days on/ 6 days off. For remote projects, corps members spend off-days nearer to their project location, away from Hurricane. Remote projects typically last about three weeks.

Benefits: Members will receive a Living Allowance Stipend of $140/week, paid bi-weekly.

Corpsmembers obtain an Education Award for the amount of $1,678.57 (for 12 weeks) or $3,172.50 (for 24 weeks) upon successful completion of service.

ACE provides corps members with food during all project days; corps members are responsible for providing their own food on off-days.

ACE provides corps members housing during their term of service. When working in or near Utah, corps members spend off days in our hostel-style housing in Hurricane, Utah. When working remotely, corps members will be provided housing in those remote locations. The member will provide his or her own blankets/pillow/sleeping bag/towels.

Gear: ACE provides each member their own tent. The member will provide his or her own sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, and hiking boots. Upon acceptance to the program, corps members will receive a more extensive packing list. Weather can be highly variable in the southwest so plan on bringing layers of warm clothing and adequate rain gear.

Travel: 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.

Position Description:

Corpsmembers serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Members are afforded opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional mentors within ACE, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working alongside staff from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other stewards of our nation's public lands.

Fieldwork and other duties might include but are not limited to:

  • Habitat restoration
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Dry and wet stone masonry
  • Reforestation
  • Forest thinning
  • Plant identification
  • Fencing
  • Invasive species removal
  • Swamping

Corpsmembers get experience working with or in conjunction with the following tools and equipment, depending on their level of training:

  • Trail Maintenance: Pick mattocks, Pulaskis, shovels, single/double jacks, McLeods, single-bit axes, rock bars, chisels, crosscut saws, and grip hoists
  • Restoration Equipment: Herbicide backpack sprayers, spray bottles, GPS units, and measuring tools
  • Power Tools and Gas Powered Equipment: Chainsaws, brush-cutters, drills, saws, and compressors

Responsibilities and Expectations:

Corps Members can expect to work long days, and must successfully adapt to various climates and working conditions. Proper safety procedures must be observed in all tasks, including the repair and use of hand and power tools used on projects.

All ACE Corps Members practice environmental ethics and are expected to work in diverse team settings in taxing situations or circumstances. Members are expected to be flexible and complete all functions of the job, including tough physical labor and hiking several miles to remote locations under adverse weather conditions.

The member must be willing to represent ACE and AmeriCorps in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. ACE has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs and underage drinking. ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

HOW TO APPLY

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationcrew.applicantpool.com/jobs/578805.html

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Michael Bain, mbain@usaconservation.org.

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