American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE
  • Dulzura, CA, USA
  • $14.50 +
  • Hourly

Position offers health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, 401k retirement plan, and designated paid holidays.

American Conservation Experience


Title: Crew Leader


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's Pacific West South leadership team is seeking a Crew Leader to work under the direction of the Project Manager to assist in leading teams of young adult corps members in completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects, and enhance the future growth of operations in Southern California.

Location:  Based in Dulzura, San Diego County, California with extensive travel to project sites

Job Title:  ACE Crew Leader

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Position Description:

As the primary front-line staff of American Conservation Experience (ACE), Crew Leaders (CLs) lead teams of young adult corpsmembers in the completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects. CL's train and lead corps members in conservation work skills, basic environmental education, outdoor living skills, and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address critical environmental needs. Work is almost exclusively outdoors, involves strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and may involve "spike" camping for up to 8 days at a time in remote wilderness locations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead, manage, and hold corpsmembers accountable while serving on conservation projects.
  • Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project data.
  • Ensure personal and corps member safety while in the field.
  • Responsible for producing high quality work and guaranteeing successful project outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead, train, and supervise team during conservation work projects, which may include: constructing and maintaining trails; constructing and maintaining fences and outdoor facilities; maintaining public parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas; surveying, mapping and monitoring using GPS technology.
  • Complete project paperwork correctly including weekly reports, safety sheets, accident reports, end of week check lists, feedback forms and others as necessary.
  • Transport crew to worksites and camp during projects.
  • Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.
  • Arrange details of transportation, tools, equipment, camp/field living arrangements, field communication, and work project completion.
  • Maintain and repair hand and power tools and other equipment as necessary.
  • Replace items as needed in the cook set, first aid kit, and personal protective equipment (PPE) set.
  • Arrange environmental education activities and opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, train, supervise a team.
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
  • 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 lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to adapt to surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corpsmembers, 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.
  • Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment conducive to team dynamics
  • Must maintain timely, effective communication with project partners, supervisors, and crew members
  • Must enforce the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks
  • Must secure First aid/CPR certification within 14 days of employment and maintain certification
  • Proficient in English
  • Must be able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record; comfortable driving ACE vehicles as needed
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • Willing to be drug free throughout position term. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time.

Compensation: Full-time, starting at $14.50/hour + housing option available. Benefit package offers health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, 401k retirement plan, and designated paid holidays.

Hours: 40 hours/week with a flexible schedule.


Start Date: January 6, 2020

To Apply: Navigate to the website: to fill out an application.  You must include a detailed resume,an introduction letter expressing how your qualifications and experiences align with the above job description and the mission of the American Conservation Experience, 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, 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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