American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE EPIC: National Forest Service
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of an emerging labor force to help restore America's public lands.  ACE's Emerging Professional In Conservation (EPIC) program has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support to enable individuals to safely and economically implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife and numerous state and local land management partners.


Title:                                 ACE EPIC Member Coordinator

Salary Range:                  $35,000 to $40,000 dependent on experience


Position Level:                Full-Time EPIC Member Coordinator

Position Contact:            Peter Woodruff, National Division Director

Start Date:                      Fall 2020, ideally September but some flexibility exists

Application Due Date:     Applications accepted until Sunday August 30, 2020

Position Location:           Salt Lake City, UT.  Options may include other ACE offices (LINK) or telework status given COVID-19 or other potential considerations.


Required Duties and Responsibilities

"Conservation is a Human Endeavor"

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a 501c3, a non-profit conservation corps with its national individual placement program office located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We are expanding our National Park Service (NPS) Division of the Emerging Professionals In Conservation (EPIC) program.

The NPS Division is seeking to bring a Full-Time professional Member Coordinator on board who is passionate about youth engagement, resource management, and desires to work at the national level through ACE's 21st Century Service Corps partnership with Federal land management agencies.  Our cooperative partnership responsibility is to bridge EPIC pathways to public service careers, both federal and nongovernmental.


Essential Functions Specific to the Job

With the primary direction and support of NPS Division Director, as well as team support and comradery across ACE, the incumbent will:

  • Oversee the entire member experience for signature National Park Service partnership programs' individual placements, including but not limited to NPS Academy; see
  • Facilitate and support candidate screening and selection process:
    • This may include editing and posting announcements, reviewing and interviewing candidates, conducting reference checks and making position offers.
  • Communicate and collaborate with ACE's recruitment team for outreach efforts.
  • Assure timely and accurate onboarding of new hires, including data entry of new hire's employment information.
  • Directly engage and support agency partners throughout each member's term; this can include:
    • Confirming logistical information, establishing expectations of project duties and schedule, communicating back to one's team, and adjusting accordingly with new information.
  • Engage and support EPIC interns throughout their ACE experience with:
    • Biweekly timesheet review and approval, webinar training facilitation, on-call incident response, processing reimbursement requests, conducting feedback and growth discussions (formalized at entry, midterm and exit), contribute to ACE and NPS social media recognizing members' accomplishments, and any additional relevant member engagement or support needs that may arise during a member's term.
  • Participate in ACE staff trainings and events as well as NPS agency trainings and events.
  • Contribute to the collection and assembling of project accomplishments and statistics for partnership reporting needs.
  • Pending safe travel conditions, conduct park visits, attend offsite events, and professional development conferences or trainings as funds and timing allow.
  • Understand and appreciate the uniqueness of special NPS programming.
  • Adhere to ACE safety policies and procedures.
  • Foster a culture and environment that positions ACE for success and ensures that ACE is the program of choice for partners, members and staff.
  • Responsibilities and tasks outlined are not exhaustive and may change as determined by ACE.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • A deep and continuing interest in the welfare and professional development of ACE participants.
  • Commitment to ACE's mission of public service through youth development & volunteerism.
  • Highly organized with the ability to maintain organization of hundreds of applicants for projects nationwide, utilizing proprietary database tools.
  • Strong computer management skills including experience or willingness to learn applicant tracking software and personnel databases, iOS, MS Office, Google Suite, and webinar platforms such as Zoom, or equivalents to these.
  • Must be flexible and eager to engage the highly mobile and largely remote teams that make up ACE.
  • Effective time management skills, and the ability/desire to concurrently perform multiple deadline-driven tasks.
  • Willingness to travel to project sites around the country and ability to successfully work remotely
  • Legal ability to work in the US
  • Valid driver's license and insurable driving record 
  • Willingness to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check 
  • Willingness to abide by ACE policy and Federal Drug Free Workplace laws; marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.



  • Previous experience in formal team setting (volunteer, academic, professional).
  • Mentorship / engagement with marginalized individuals or communities that outdoor education organizations have failed to previously engage.
  • A BA/BS degree (or higher) in biological, anthropological, historical, geoscience, or environmentalscience related fields, and/or a combination of relevant field experience which could include natural or human resources, management, or customer service.
  • Experience with the National Park Service, or passionate about implementing its mission to balance public resource enjoyment, education, and inspiration with resource preservation.
  • Desire to participate in field projects alongside ACE participants, when possible.
  • An understanding of youth professional development experiences such as ACE's or early career exposure to the resource management activity.


Job Benefits and Compensation:

  • Compensation depending on experience. Annual salary range: $35-$40,000. 
  • ACE offers subsidized health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and designated holidays for qualified fulltime employees.
  • Adaptable and dynamic full-time work schedule.
  • National travel to NPS duty stations throughout the states and/or US territories, pending safety related considerations.
  • Casual, yet professional non-partisan work environment, with a shared outdoor & conservation ethic.


Deadline / To Apply:

Applications accepted until Sunday August 30, 2020.  To apply please submit your application here:  You must include a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references; one PDF file for submission please.  Qualified applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview. 

For specific questions not answered above, please contact: Peter Woodruff at 801.989.7069, or

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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