American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE CREW: Southeast Region
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • $35,568
  • Salary

Health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, designated holidays, and 401k retirement for qualified employees

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 Mountain West leadership team is seeking one (1) Crew Leader to work under the direction of the Project Manager to assist in leading teams of young adult corps members in the completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects in the Eastern Region.


Location: Based in Asheville, North Carolina

(Field projects will take place on public lands located throughout the Eastern United States)


Exemption Status:  Exempt


Position Description:


As the primary front-line staff of American Conservation Experience, crew leaders (CL's) lead teams of young adult Corps members in 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 several days at a time in remote wilderness locations. The position will also require travel to public lands across the Eastern United States for up to a month at a time.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead, manage, and hold Corps Crew members accountable while serving on conservation projects.
  • Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project data.
  • Ensure personal and crew member's safety while in the field, especially as it relates to running chainsaws and other dangerous power tools.
  • Responsible for producing high quality work and guarantee successful project outcomes.


Typical Duties:

  • Lead, train, and supervise team for conservation work projects, which may include: hazardous fuels reduction and forest thinning, trail logouts, 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 all 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 with crew during projects.
  • Hike, backpack, camp and cook outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.
  • Arrange details of transportation, tools, equipment, 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 cookset, first aid kit, and PPE set.
  • Arrange environmental education activities and opportunities.




Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, train, supervise a team.
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
  • Previous experience on trails and restoration projects.
  • Working knowledge of young adult development, team-building and motivational techniques.
  • Experience serving as a positive role model and mentor for team members.
  • 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 adapt to surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • 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.


Other Requirements:

  • If the candidate is currently an AmeriCorps Member, the candidate must successfully complete their AmeriCorps term before August 3, 2019.
  • 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 have an exemplary safety record.
  • 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.
  • 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 background check.


Compensation: Full-time, Seasonal $684/week


Hours: 40-50 hours/week. Full-time work schedule in a casual, yet professional, fast-paced, and non-partisan work environment with a shared outdoor & conservation ethic. Designated paid holidays and sick leave available.


Start Date: Ongoing

To Apply: Follow the link: to fill out and submit an application. You must include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. Upload all required documents, preferably in a single PDF or Word document and save using the following naming format: LastName_FirstName_Position_DocumentName. The document name is either resume, cover letter, references or application. 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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