Trail and Public Lands Restoration in California - 2 crew options available!

American Conservation Experience

Boulder Creek, California

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $140/week AmeriCorps allowance
Deadline Jan 03, 2020

American Conservation Experience – Pacific-West Central Region

Conservation Corps Membership - 2020

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a non-profit conservation corps, is currently seeking energetic, ambitious individuals to engage in national service as AmeriCorps members in a 15 or 28-week professional, outdoor skills-training opportunity. ACE intends to provide a meaningful service to regional communities and public lands by taking direct action through conservation of our valuable natural resources. Our mission is to introduce and prepare corps members for careers in resource management with ACE, within the conservation corps industry, or with public agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, CA State Parks, or the Bureau of Land Management, as well as other non-profit land steward organizations.

TWO OPTIONS AVAILABLE! ACE is currently seeking corps members for an AmeriCorps 450-HOUR OR 900-HOUR term in 2020, in our Central Regional Headquarters of the ACE Pacific West branch...

 Start Date: January 12, 2020*      End Date: April 25th, 2020   (450 HOURS)

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 Start Date: January 12, 2020*      End Date: July 25th, 2020   (900 HOURS)

*A 450 or 900-hour (15 or 28-week) commitment is required once enrolled.  An arrival on 1/10 or 1/11 may be expected to move into ACE housing, and be prepared for your first full day of orientation. There may be opportunities available to continue with ACE after the term is complete for the best performing crew members, depending on available projects in the field and seasonal constraints.

Position Description:  AmeriCorps Members in the ACE Conservation Corps program will spend several weeks learning techniques of conservation and land management while training on trail construction, forestry, and environmental restoration projects under the guidance of ACE’s most highly skilled staff members. The goal of the position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of public land management agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques.

This position may entail the following:

  • Working 10 hours per day for 4-8 consecutive days on a crew comprised of 6-12 other service members in outdoor locations
  • Working and camping in a variety of weather conditions including temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sunshine, rain, and snow
  • Serving on environmental stewardship projects including (but not limited to): Trail Construction/Maintenance; Dry Stone Masonry, Harmful Plant Mitigation, Forest Fuels Reduction, Fence Installation/Repair; Habitat Restoration; and Historical Preservation.
  • Hiking extended distances on steep and rough terrain with a 40-pound backpack
  • Professionally serving on numerous volunteer events and projects in the local community

Location: 

  • Housing for off days is located at our Saddle Mountain location, 20 minutes from the town of Boulder Creek, CA in Santa Cruz County California
  • ACE housing is shared among all current Corps members. Basic accommodations include bed, personal storage, running hot/cold water, shared bathrooms, WI-FI, and full shared kitchen and furnished living + dining room
  • Projects are expected to be within a several hour driving radius of housing, with transportation to and from the project site provided
  • Both frontcountry and remote backcountry camping are expected for crews this season
  • Projects may take place in coastal areas, wetlands, valleys, grasslands, inland foothills and mountains where temperatures vary from very cold and rainy to very hot and dry! You can expect to experience a combination of conditions from frost or rain, to thick fog, to extremely dry conditions. Do not underestimate Central California’s weather, be prepared!

Benefits:

  • A bi-weekly living allowance of $280, before taxes
  • Upon completion of the 900 Hour program, members receive a Segal Education Award of $2,960.00. For 450 hours the Award is $1566.14 More information regarding amount and eligibility, see the AmeriCorps website.  
  • Food is provided on all project days. Project campsites include all cooksets, stoves, and supplies for members to make their meals each project day.
  • Housing (volunteer housing, tents, limited facilities) is included both on and off project days
  • Members are eligible for preferential hiring status following their term of service. Corps Members who have served a minimum of 640 hours on appropriate public land projects may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status!
  • Trainings, including Leave No Trace (LNT), diverse restoration management, and terrain-specific trail work. Members should expect to be trained in all the tools and techniques needed to successfully complete their scheduled projects. Membership spanning several seasons allows for additional training opportunities.

Qualifications:

AmeriCorps members serving with ACE should have an established interest in service and conservation issues and should take joy in tackling challenging situations with a positive mindset.  Applicants must be willing to undertake arduous physical work in all types of weather and terrain, and to participate as a team member dedicated to ACE's mission. ACE's Conservation Corps program is an excellent way to start or further your professional development and invest in your future. It is also a stepping stone to environmental careers and as a gateway to potential advancement within ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend several weeks working in beautiful locations. 

Other Requirements: 

  • US Citizens and US permanent residents
  • To prove eligibility and citizenship, members must be able to provide ORIGINALS of the following documents: 1) Social Security card, 2) Passport or Birth certificate, 3) Photo ID (passport, driver’s license, military license, or student ID)
  • The minimum age to serve with ACE is 18. United States Public Land Corps (PLC) legislation targets applicants of 18-35 years of age in this opportunity.
  • Public or private medical insurance coverage for the duration of participation with ACE
  • ACE provides tents to all members, but all other camping items such as all leather boots (no mesh), sleeping bags, backpacks, water containers, and raingear must be provided by the applicant
  • Due to fire hazard conditions in ACE (specifically in California), smoking is not permitted at any work site. Smoking will not be permitted when on project at undeveloped campgrounds or when serving backcountry. Smoking may be permitted at ACE housing, but will be restricted to designated areas.
  • Upon hire, all members must consent to a Criminal History Check. Their service with ACE will be considered probationary until all results are returned and have been reviewed.
  • Drug users, including users of marijuana, should not consider applying as ACE reserves the right to drug test and absolutely abhors the presence of drug users in our program. ACE intends to be a positive influence and intends to create safe and healthy environments for our members. Alcohol use is strictly prohibited on ACE projects and on ACE property. Any evidence of drug use or violating ACE’s alcohol policy will result in immediate release from the program.

Positions open until filled, but are in high demand.  Apply now!

DIRECT LINK TO APPLY ONLINE: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/380005.html

To Apply: Fill in your basic information and click "APPLY FOR THIS POSITION"  located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing above or find on our website here:  https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/  

INCLUDE WITH ALL APPLICATIONS:

Upload all requested documents including your motivation statement, resume, and 3 professional references. Rather than a traditional cover letter, please include a motivation statement which sincerely describes your interests, skills, professional goals, and any other relevant information in regards to this opportunity. This is your opportunity to stand out and express why you are a great fit for our program, in your own words.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time, and is open until filled. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the California Outreach Coordinator, Marcel Coppolino at 928-814-3191 or marcel@usaconservation.org

Also, consider checking out our Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and social media for more details about ACE!

www.facebook.com/usaconservation 

www.usaconservation.org

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

HOW TO APPLY

DIRECT LINK TO APPLY ONLINE: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/380005.html

To Apply: Fill in your basic information and click "APPLY FOR THIS POSITION"  located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing above or find on our website here:  https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/  

INCLUDE WITH ALL APPLICATIONS:

Upload all requested documents including your motivation statement, resume, and 3 professional references. Rather than a traditional cover letter, please include a motivation statement which sincerely describes your interests, skills, professional goals, and any other relevant information in regards to this opportunity. This is your opportunity to stand out and express why you are a great fit for our program, in your own words.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.