ACE volunteers contribute to the restoration of America's most majestic and inspiring public lands by participating in one of the following four programs:
Conservation Corps "Change your Future, Restore our Lands"
ACE's conservation corps program is for American participants, aged 18-25 who are considering land management as a career path or potential course of study. Corps members serve in professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence as emerging leaders in the field of conservation. Corps members are supported during their 3-12 month service terms with cost of living stipends, food on projects, and free common housing on off days.
Most importantly, members are afforded opportunities to learn and train under the guidance of professional mentors within ACE, while gaining invaluable career perspectives working side by side with staff from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other stewards of our nation's public lands.
Since 2004, ACE has demonstrated that American participants gain a powerful, enriching experience in the outdoors when their efforts are shared with an international community of like-minded youth. ACE's Conservation Corps members are assigned to projects serving alongside our Conservation Volunteer participants as often as possible, and live in shared housing with our international participants between projects.
In a world increasingly defined by connectivity and shared values, ACE believes that the opportunity to restore America's natural wonders should not be limited by nationality or confined by racial or ethnic divisions. ACE's Conservation Volunteer participants come from throughout the United States and from nations around the world to volunteer for 8-12 weeks in exchange for food, dormitory style housing, and the chance to contribute to vital ecological restoration and recreation management projects.
Conservation Volunteers serve in small teams on direct service projects for the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other public and private land management agencies throughout the United States. By attracting a diverse community of conservation-minded volunteers, ACE contributes to the breakdown of cultural barriers while advancing ecological awareness on a global scale.
Resource managers across the United States recognize an aging workforce and identify the need to replace retiring staff with talented university graduates. Meanwhile, young Americans, even those with degrees in the natural sciences, find it increasingly difficult to secure environmental jobs without first gaining practical field experience. ACE's Internship Program links emerging professional land managers with opportunities to serve as individual trainees under the guidance of agency mentors.
ACE Internships typically last 2-12 months, providing extended opportunities for recent graduates to implement the principles and practices of land management and to apply themselves to experiential work within their fields of study. ACE interns earn a cost of living stipend and are provided with either dormitory housing at their service location or a housing allowance. Internship opportunities with ACE span the spectrum of land management disciplines, including botany, wildlife and marine biology, archeology, volunteer coordination, recreation resource management, interpretation, ecological restoration, GIS, etc.
To make environmental service opportunities available to the greatest possible pool of diverse participants, ACE founded our Volunteer Vacation Program in the summer of 2012. ACE's Conservation Corps and Conservation Volunteer Programs represent long term commitments and therefore are not generally available to students with short semester breaks, professionals wishing to dedicate vacation time to experiential travel, or recent retirees.
ACE's Volunteer Vacation program provides inexpensive 10 day restoration projects available to adults of any nationality or any background. ACE Volunteer Vacation projects in 2013 are scheduled to take place in Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Joshua Tree National Parks, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and in remote coves throughout Catalina Island.
and here's looking to the future: Corporate Conservation Service Programs
ACE supports the growing trend of corporate responsibility by providing corporate service and team building projects. When workers step beyond their offices, laboratories and shops to engage in tangible conservation work, they gain skills, confidence and perspectives that enhance their on-the-job performance. Sharing in the pride of valuable conservation service creates bonds among co-workers and makes for stronger teams in the workplace.
Corporate Conservation Service Projects can be designed to provide service opportunities that integrate individuals or small groups into on-going ACE restoration projects, or can be developed as specific, team-building events consisting entirely of staff from a specific entity or group. Corporate Conservation Service Projects range from single to multi-day commitments, and are tailored to meet the specific needs of our corporate partners. ACE provides opportunities for the corporate community to actively support needed conservation projects and "give back" in their own, or other communities.