American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE
  • Dulzura, CA, USA
  • Hourly

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America's public lands.  ACE has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support to enable crews to safely and economically implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the US Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, USFWS and numerous state and local land management partners. 

LOCATION(S): Southern California (30 miles east of San Diego)

 Job Description:  The California region offers corps members and staff housing in three beautiful locations througout the year.  ACE needs a year-round housing manager to oversee the day-to-day running of the Dulzura property.  The ACE Southern California property is very unique and includes three main residential units that can sleep up to 30 people, and has several communal living areas.  ACE staff and members share cooking duties along with other residental chores. 

 Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

 Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

The Housing Manager must have the following qualities:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change.
  • Skilled at planning for, and managing large groups of people.
  • Good motivational skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corps members, colleagues, the general public, community groups and city representatives.
  • Able to comprehend and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Capable of understanding and following ACE systems and processes.
  • Good numeracy, computer, and written skills.
  • Knowledgeable about general maintenance and home improvements.
  • Methodical in approach to maintenance and cleaning schedule.
  • Previous experience in reservations advantageous.
  • Experience of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills are not essential, but preferred.

 Essential Functions Specific to the Job:

Duties and hours are varied but will typically include:

  • Welcoming new members to the housing and conducting/performing orientation tours.
  • Organizing the rooming list for arriving and departing corps members.
  • Keeping up-to-date with local information and events and informing house members.
  • Being on hand to support and mentor corps members.
  • Ensuring the alcohol and drug free housing rules are observed by the corps members and staff.
  • Regular communication with Operations Director based in Santa Cruz to learn of weekly shopping needs for crews and housing.
  • Assisting crew leaders and coordinators with vehicle maintenance and upkeep of vehicle logs.
  • Timely submission of city paperwork (reports, permit application(s), etc.).
  • Liaising with State Director about local contractors regarding renovations and repairs.
  • Maintaining the outside areas in accordance with defensible space guidelines.
  • Oversee on-site volunteers and contractors that maintain the gardens and grounds.
  • Timely and accurate reporting of accounts.
  • Washing the household laundry.
  • Sorting and transporting the recycling to the center.
  • Supervising the weekly cleaning parties.
  • Monitoring the tidiness of shared bedrooms.
  • Cleaning the common areas daily.
  • Maintaining an annual cleaning and maintenance schedule.
  • Maintaining safe, clean, and secure housing - fire alarm checks, appliance checks, standards of hygiene, secure property, computer virus checks, restocking first aid kit(s), etc.

Other Qualifications:

  • Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment conducive to team dynamics.
  • Must be flexible and possess a high work ethic.
  • Must enforce the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work without supervison.
  • Must maintain optimal physical health, including a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check prior to hire.  Persons convicted of a felony are not eligible for appointment to this classification.
  • Must be willing to accept ACE's credit card policies and perform affiliated tasks.
  • Must successfully complete CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) after hire.
  • Must successfully complete van training shortly after hire. 


Compensation:  The compensation for this position is $14 - $18/hourly depending on experience.  Housing and all utilities are included as part of the compensation. 

Benefits:  We offer health, dental & vision, paid vacation, sick leave & designated Holidays for qualified employees. 


To Apply: to fill out an application.  You must include a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references.  Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview.  Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.  If you have further questions please contact Sarah Miggins - Director, ACE California at:

Deadline:  Position is Open until Filled. Qualified applicants will be considered upon receipt.  

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.  In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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