American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE
  • Corpus Christi, TX, USA
  • $36,400.00
  • Salary

Benefit eligible

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.   

ACE is seeking a Project Manager for its branch based out of Corpus Christi, Texas. As the ACE Texas branch continues to grow, the Project Manager will be essential in ensuring the success of the program through effective and safe oversight of projects within the ACE Texas branch.

The ACE Texas branch opened in September 2017 and the conservation crews successfully restored over 1,000 acres of coastal and riparian habitat in partnership with US Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas State Parks and Wildlife, and local communities. This non-residential branch is unique to ACE's general Conservation Corps model, where local young adults are recruited to perform a wide array of conservation projects throughout Texas and neighboring regions.


Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Title:

Project Manager - ACE Texas

Exemption Status:  Exempt

Under direct supervision of the Texas Associate Director, the Project Manager oversees project crews by conducting logistical/project coordination, quality control, safety compliance, and equipment maintenance for ACE crews; performs related work as assigned. The Project Manager will work directly with project partner staff; train crew leaders and assistant supervisors in conservation work skills, basic environmental education, outdoor living skills, and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address critical environmental needs. The Project Manager will focus efforts on assisting crew leaders in project preparations and providing support as needed to develop crew leader skill sets and abilities.

The ideal candidate will possess a varied and unique combination of attributes, including experience managing or overseeing conservation projects, communication skills to professionally interact with project partners, ACE staff, and crew leaders, and organizational skills required to effectively manage conservation projects, leaders, and teams. Qualified candidates will 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 crew leaders and corps members.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Project Manager must have the following:

  • Considerable knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in conservation/environmental restoration operations
  • Considerable knowledge of safety procedures applied to field operations
  • Knowledge of principles of young adult development, team-building and motivational techniques
  • Ability to lead and train individuals and teams
  • Skilled in the use of the use of hand and power tools, including chainsaws
  • Competent in safely mixing, handling, applying, and storing various herbicides; all while acquiring and maintaining various Pesticide Applicators Licenses as needed
  • Ability to coordinate the activities of culturally and economically diverse employees to ensure quality and efficiency
  • Ensuring the qualitative completion of ACE projects in a safe manner
  • Ability to adapt to surrounding work environment with conditions that can change frequently
  • Ability 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 analyze and resolve complex safety issues
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corps members, partner agency staff, and the general public
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Ability to understand and follow ACE systems and processes including supervisor key responsibilities

Typical Duties:

  • Conduct pre-project site visits
  • Call project partner and crew leader during ACE field projects to check in
  • Assist project partner staff in planning, scheduling, developing and coordinating conservation/environmental restoration projects
  • Uphold ACE/partner relationships with professionalism and courtesy
  • Oversee maintenance of tools, vehicles, field-related equipment, including organization of ACE equipment and supplies that have been issued to specific projects
  • Purchase of project supplies, tools, etc. following the project budget
  • May be required to lead crews in the absence of a crew leader
  • Ensure the organization and cleanliness of the facilities warehouse
  • Maintain accountability of tools such as chainsaws and herbicide equipment
  • Assist in project rig-up and de-rig including writing project itineraries for the crew
  • As project/time permits, assist in Southwest Texas Corps Member orientations and trainings
  • Implement field safety programs and inspections under the supervision of Texas Associate Director
  • Perform quality control field visits and provide technical and logistical assistance as needed
  • Responsible for collecting, approving, and submitting ACE project paperwork to ACE- Southwest Texas office Responsible for generating mid-season and end of season project reports
  • Make recommendations to Texas Associate Director concerning disciplinary measures and promotion of corps members and supervisors

Other Requirements:

  • Must maintain a positive, constructive and flexible work environment conducive to team dynamics
  • Must maintain timely, effective communication with project partners, Crew Leaders, and Crew Members
  • Must enforce the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks
  • Must maintain optimal physical health, including a drug-free lifestyle
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must secure First aid/CPR certification within 14 days of employment and maintain certification
  • Experience in ecological restoration projects such as high volume reforestation assignments preferred
  • Must submit to a criminal background check prior to hire. Persons convicted of a felony are not eligible for appointment to this classification. This position is a covered position that may entail recurring access to vulnerable populations such as youth and the elderly. Selection for the position is contingent upon a review of all Criminal History results.

Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying as ACE reserves the right to require drug tests. Applicants must have a clean driving record and be willing to submit to a criminal history check.


Full-time, salary starting at $36,400. Benefit eligible.

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

To Apply: Navigate to the website: 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.

Deadline: Open until filled. Please note that ACE will schedule interviews and may make a selection as applications are submitted. Please submit your application materials as you prepare them. Apply now!

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE!

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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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