Benefits

We offer a comprehensive package to our members.


Conservation Corps Benefits

AmeriCorps Benefits

Conservation Corps members come from across the United States and share a common interest in natural resource protection or land management. Our Corps Members are 18-25 years old and serve on crews for three (450 hr) to six (900 hr) months. Members will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their term of service. The Education Award can be applied to qualified existing student loans or towards future education expenses at accredited universities, community colleges, trade schools, or other vocational institutions. The total amount of an Education Award depends on the length of service completed. 450 hour Corps Members will receive an Education Award 1,515.55 while 900 hour Corps Members receive an Education Award of 2,865.00. AmeriCorps members are also eligible for forbearance of student loan payments during their service (certain restrictions apply), and may also apply to have the accrued interest paid for by the Corporation for National and Community Service at the end of their service.

Living Stipend

As well as receiving the AmeriCorps Education Award, Conservation Corps members will be provided a living stipend during their term of service. The living stipend will vary depending on the specific position applied for and location worked in, please inquire during the application and interview process for exact details. The living stipend will be taxable by both federal and state government.

Travel

While the Corps Member is responsible for the costs of arrival to and departure from their service location (including any holiday season breaks), ACE does handle all logistical planning and costs related to getting to and from ACE projects.


Housing and Food

ACE is committed to making volunteerism in service to America’s public lands accessible to as many young adults from diverse socio-economic backgrounds as possible. We understand that dedicating 3-6 months of service can be a tremendous personal and financial investment and strive to create a supportive environment that eliminates many of the economic barriers associated with moving to a new part of the country.

ACE Conservation Corps members are provided with hostel-style housing shared with participants in our Conservation Volunteer program on off days. ACE houses are equipped with furnished kitchens and living spaces, however members are required to supply their own bedding (most Corps Members simply use their sleeping bag when off-project). Due to the number of Corps Members sharing each ACE house, cleaning and caring for the living space is shared amongst everyone.

ACE provides every Corps Member an individual tent to use during their term of service with ACE. Corps Members are expected to care for and maintain the tent provided to them and return it to ACE in good condition at the end of their term of service.

ACE also provides all meals and snacks for Corps Members when on project, however Corps Members are responsible for their own meals during off-days (when not on project). ACE will make reasonable accommodations for those with dietary restrictions or requirements.

ACE members can save over $600 per month due to ACE accommodations with free housing and food.
Please note that Conservation Corps and Conservation Volunteer crews are sometimes assigned to long term projects lasting for up to 4 weeks with off days spent camping on site. Particularly during the summer in California we offer backcountry opportunities for members who live and work for up to 5 months in remote camps, only returning to Santa Cruz for one or two weekends off during the field season.


Career Development

ACE is committed to providing the most valuable and professional experience possible for all participating Corps Members. The ACE team is proud of creating and managing one of the best outdoor youth programs in the nation and consists of highly trained staff members invested into the success of the Corps Members and the organization as a whole.

Placing safety as our number one priority, ACE’s Safety Coordinator develops and oversees extensive safety policies and trainings throughout the organization. Depending on length of service, program location, and seasonal availability, ACE Corps Members will receive trainings on many topics delivered by ACE Senior Staff members. Many ACE staff have taken the initiative to receive nationally recognized teaching/training credentials in various disciplines (i.e. Chainsaw, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace). ACE in-house trainers provide a lot of personal care and attention during training sessions by having small classroom sizes, individual time, and immediately following up with ACE Corps Members in the field. The ACE staff is accessible to answer questions along with providing further information on avenues for advanced training. The vast majority of ACE staff completed AmeriCorps terms and volunteer commitments through ACE, and their backgrounds and experience serve as a direct benefit for ACE corps members while also providing a glimpse into possible future opportunities.


Conservation Volunteer Benefits


Housing and Food

ACE is committed to making volunteerism in service to America’s public lands accessible to as many young adults from diverse socio-economic backgrounds as possible. We understand that dedicating 3-12 months of service can be a tremendous personal and financial investment and strive to create a structured, supportive environment that eliminates many of the economic barriers associated with moving to a new part of the country. ACE Conservation Corps members are provided with dormitory style housing shared with participants in our Conservation Volunteer program on off days, food cooked as a team on all project days, and an individual tent to use during their entire term of service with ACE. ACE members can save over $600 per month due to ACE accommodations with free housing and food.

Please note that Conservation Corps and Conservation Volunteer crews are sometimes assigned to long term projects lasting for up to 4 weeks with off days spent camping on site. Particularly during the summer in California we offer specialized backcountry opportunities for members who live and work for up to 5 months in remote camps, only returning to Santa Cruz for one or two weekends off during the field season.

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