Our Alumni Community

Our Alumni Community

Making a difference in our world through leadership and a commitment to conservation.

Alumni Connection

ACE is extremely proud to have played a role in the professional development and ongoing successes of our past volunteers and corpsmembers. The training and experience they received while participating in ACE’s programs has continued to benefit them as they pursue their careers, and help foster environmental stewardship across the country and the world.

It is so inspiring to see our alumni embark on their life journeys. We Thank You ACE Alumni for your dedication, service and friendship!

Life After ACE…

Friendships have been made, lives have been changed, futures have been created.

We are so happy to hear back from thousands of former volunteers and corpsmembers who have stayed commited to conservation and the natural world. Many continue to be involved within their local communities, states, and the overall worldwide spirit of service that ACE is so passionate about. Strong bonds and friendships have been formed over the last 10 years and we believe that this is what the corps movement, and the ACE experience, is all about.

The Journey Continues…

Get involved and continue the ACE Legacy by helping our future conservation leaders pursue their interests in the environmental field.

  • Recommend ACE to your friends
  • Partner with ACE to bring members to your organization.
  • Join the ACE alumni community online, where you can serve as an invaluable resource for young people just starting out in the conservation field. Join our ACE Alumni Connection Facebook Group.
  • Contact Susie Jardine if you would like to serve as a mentor, provide volunteer career support ,or simply share your story.
  • Show your continuing commitment to our cause by donating to ACE to help support our future generations of conservationists and land stewards.

Corps to Career

Many of our Alumni have turned their Corps experience into the career of their dreams. Here are just a few examples in their own words:

Fiana Shapiro working with children on the beach at Acadia
Fiana Shapiro working with children on the beach at Acadia

Fiana Shapiro

I’ve been continuing to work in wildlife field work, environmental interpretation, and environmental education since serving in ACE. This is my 2nd season as an official park ranger in the flat hat at Acadia National Park, doing programs with kids and families and working in our main visitor center. ACE wasn’t my first environmental position, but it allowed me to continue on through the winter in the field.

ACE helped inspire me to do international volunteer work myself, and I spent 2 months doing wildlife research and rainforest restoration in Borneo along with my sister, a fellow ACE alum.

Alexis Roque (top right) with her students in the school garden they created.
Alexis Roque (top right) with her students in the school garden they created.

Alexis Roque

Since my time at ACE, I have become a Middle School Science teacher. This is my second year teaching and I currently teach 7th grade general science I. try my best to incorporate experiences, pictures, references, and materials that I learned while at the internship at ACE to enhance the education of my students. Many students are now excited about their once least favorite subject after discussing some of my infield experiences. It has inspired many students to pursue careers in science and attend schools with magnet programs geared toward conservation of our ecosystems. I value my time at ACE and how It has enhanced my ability to teach both inside and outside of the classroom.

Melanie, holing a chinook salmon that was over a meter long!
Melanie, holing a chinook salmon that was over a meter long!

Melanie Anderson

I spent the majority of my time with ACE on a skilled backcountry crew in the Eastern Sierras, where I learned the valuable skills of dry stone masonry, organization collaboration, and clear communication during arduous tasks. These skills were made apparent during the interview process for the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), which led to my acceptance as an Individual Placement Member — one of 30 in the state — for a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the community in habitat restoration and watershed stewardship for the ultimate goal of improving salmon populations. I have since gained greater responsibility within my organization, as I’ve honed in on my abilities to lead large volunteer groups, collaborate with private landowners, and monitor wildlife populations. The foundation left by my ACE experience has allowed me to further advance myself within the field of conservation.


Nico Ramirez

My name is Nico Ramirez and I served in the ACE EPIC program for three terms. I served as an Interpretation intern at Lava Beds National Monument from June 2013 to January 2014 and a Recreation and Interpretation Intern at Red Cliffs Conservation Area from March 2014 to May 2014. I currently work at Lava Beds National Monument as and GS-5 Interpretation Ranger, where I do education programs, lead cave tours and nature hikes, plan park events, and update park social media and photography. The experience with ACE was fantastic and it allowed me maintain a relationship the NPS and BLM and eventually get a job with a federal agency. I get to spend many of my days with people and work to connect them with their public lands. I plan to continue to work for the National Park Service while I look for and attend graduate school. ACE has been truly a blessing.

Join our ACE Alumni Connection FB Group!

We’d love to share stories, resources and keep in touch with you. Join our Closed Facebook Group by clicking here: ACE ALUMNI FB GROUP

*This group is by invite only and closed to the public.

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AmeriCorps Alums Registration:

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Did you serve with AmeriCorps? Are you registered with the alumni association? If not, join now!

It’s free and allows you to connect with your local AmeriCorps Alums chapter, learn about the Career Development Program, access cool member benefits, and more!