The Conservation and Resource Management Field Certification Program (“Field School”) is a 16-week conservation education and field training program for youth ages 18-24 residing in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Field School is a partnership program between American Conservation Experience (ACE), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Watts Family Maryvale (YMCA), and Phoenix College (PC) that provides opportunities for youth to not only gain tangible work experience and trainings in natural resource management but also earn up to 16 academic college credits.
The Field School program engages youth in a variety of hands-on, meaningful conservation field-based projects with the BLM and other land management agencies and organizations throughout the state of Arizona allowing them to gain valuable skills, education, and work experience as they build their careers in natural resource management. Throughout the 16-week program, Field School members attend college classes each week with coursework in conservation and career development followed by weekly four-day field projects. During the weekly field-based projects, under the guidance of an ACE Crew Leader and project sponsors, Field School members work on a variety of conservation projects spanning the spectrum of resource management including trail maintenance and construction, habitat restoration, wildlife and biological monitoring, invasive plant management, fuels reduction, recreation site stewardship, facility maintenance. Additionally, Field School members obtain industry-wide recognized trainings and certifications including Wildland Firefighting, Wildland Chainsaw, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, and ATV/OHV Training.