American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE CREW: Southwest Arizona Region
  • AZ, USA
  • 35,568

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 Mountain West Region.


Location: Based in Flagstaff, Arizona

(Field projects will take place on public lands located throughout Arizona and across the Southwest)


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.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead, manage, and hold Corps members accountable while serving on conservation projects.
  • Collect, record, and submit accurate, detailed project data.
  • Ensure personal and Corps members 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 and removing invasive species.
  • 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.
  • 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 and supervise a team.
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
  • Must be willing to obtain an Arizona State Applicator's License upon 30 days of hire.
  • Previous experience on trails and restoration projects.
  • Experience and knowledgeable in troubleshooting basic mechanical issues with chainsaws in the field.
  • 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:

    • 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.
    • Over 21 years of age
    • Proficient in English
    • Legally able to work in the US
    • A valid driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check
    • Willingness to abide by ACE Drug and Alcohol policy and Federal Drug Free Workplace laws




Compensation:  Full-time, salary starting at $35,568. We offer health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, designated holidays, and 401k retirement for qualified employees.


Start Date: Mid July 2020.


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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