Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

Nestled in the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world…

Welcome to Flagstaff

ACE Arizona is based in Flagstaff, commonly known as the “gateway to the Grand Canyon”. But this welcoming city of 60,000 offers much more than close proximity to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Flagstaff is a city rich in cultural diversity, educational opportunities at Northern Arizona University, and an abundance of outdoor enthusiasts drawn to the largest continuous ponderosa pine forest in the world and the state’s highest mountain (Mt. Humphrey’s at 12,600 feet). In addition, old Route 66, the “Mother Road”, runs through Flagstaff and has been the setting for several movies like Easy Rider or Forrest Gump.

ACE’s main office in Flagstaff, Arizona was opened in 2004 when Chris Baker founded the organization. For six years ACE operated out of a small building on the south side of downtown Flagstaff. Then, in November 2010, ACE relocated to much larger building on the outskirts of northern Flagstaff, on SR180 heading towards the Grand Canyon. This new location is the perfect venue for the continued success and prosperity of the organization, providing spacious facilities and high visibility.

An Outdoors Enthusiast’s Dream

The outdoor sports enthusiast is right at home in Flagstaff. There are an abundance of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running as well as rock climbing all within easy walking distance of the city center. Even in the winter, a quick drive south down to Sedona will find you in a climate suitable for all of the above.

If you are a snow hound, the Arizona Snowbowl is about 10 miles from town and there are numerous routes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing very close to downtown and in the surrounding Coconino National Forest or out at the Flagstaff Nordic Center.

Flagstaff itself is ideally located for an exploration of the Four Corners Area and is centrally located to many of the most well known National Parks and Forests in the United States, most notably Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Northwards lays the canyon country of the Arizona/Utah border, and the Grand Staircase region. With as many as 160 corps members working in and around Flagstaff at any given time, there is never a shortage of things to do and new sites to see.

Culture & Travel

If you prefer a more relaxing form of entertainment, the city has multiple coffee shops, restaurants and bars that offer cuisine from across the globe. The presence of Northern Arizona University to the south means there are also frequent concerts, film screenings, public lectures and theatrical performances, often free or at a very low price.

During the evenings, Flagstaff offers live musical performances, with artists playing somewhere every night of the week. During the summer months Flagstaff hosts multiple music, art and cultural festivals, at one of the many city parks.



Flagstaff Program Details

 
For specific availability of our program options and their start dates please see the Apply page.

For general information on the Conservation Corps program click here.

For frequently asked questions about the program click here.

450 hour Corps Member Position

450 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 12 weeks in the great outdoors serving on a variety of ACE projects while gaining valuable skills and growing both personally and professionally. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel, camp, and work throughout the vast and beautiful American Southwest in locations such as Grand Canyon National Park, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, or the Coconino National Forest, to name a few. Corps Members will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wide array of projects during their term of service, which may include: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fence construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys, and more. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety and development of our Corps Members. 450 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $1,515.55. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. This position is typically available year round in ACE’s Arizona branch. See our application page for specific start dates. APPLY NOW.

900 hour Corps Member Position

900 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 24 weeks in the great outdoors serving on a variety of ACE projects while gaining valuable skills and growing both personally and professionally. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel, camp, and work throughout the vast and beautiful American Southwest in locations such as Grand Canyon National Park, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, or the Coconino National Forest, to name a few. Corps Members will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wide array of projects during their service, which may include: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fence construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys, and more. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety and development of our Corps Members. 900 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $2,865. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. This position is typically available year round in ACE’s Arizona branch. APPLY NOW.

900 hour Corps Member position including Chainsaw Training

The ACE Chainsaw program is an exciting opportunity for 900 hour AmeriCorps members to spend six months (25 weeks) developing a valuable professional and technical skill. ACE Arizona Sawyers will participate in a S-212 equivalent training course designed by ACE’s National Chainsaw Trainer and Coordinator, Afton McKusick. Preceded by a two day Wilderness First Aid course that provides members with basic medical training, ACE’s chainsaw training is a three day course designed to prepare ACE sawyers to safely execute saw projects of varying complexities. The course aims to train each sawyer to perform at the level of Faller A and provide a foundation to grow as a professional sawyer. The course begins in the classroom where trainees will learn the importance of saw work pertaining to local and regional restoration and conservation efforts. Trainees will learn basic felling theory and technique, bucking and limbing technique, basic maintenance of professional grade chainsaws, and to care for one’s personal protective equipment. Training finishes with two days putting these theories and techniques to practice in the field. Corps Members who successfully complete Chainsaw training should expect to use their sawyer skills regularly on ACE restoration projects, among others. 900 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $2,865. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. Chainsaw trainings are only available at select times in the ACE season, please visit the application page for specific information on the availability of these opportunities. APPLY NOW.

900 hour and 450 hour Professional Development Member:

American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, provides professional development opportunities to young adults interested in careers related to conservation and environmental stewardship. ACE crews work on a variety of environmental projects with different land management agencies throughout Arizona.

ACE Arizona’s AmeriCorps Professional Development Program is a highly competitive position designed for motivated and high-achieving individuals seeking leadership opportunities in the conservation field. Professional Development Corps Members will have more responsibilities and higher expectations placed on them while also receiving additional training and development opportunities throughout their term of service. Previous AmeriCorps Members in this position have moved on to positions of seniority within ACE and the greater Conservation Corps industry. During their term Members will be pushed to develop technical conservation and leadership skills in the field in order to prepare them for potential future leadership roles.

Professional Development Corps Members will participate in a Wilderness First Aid course as well as ACE’s S-212 Chainsaw Equivalent training course upon entry to the organization (only available for those serving in 900 hour terms.) ACE will provide additional training opportunities during their term of service such as: industry professional guest speakers during off-days, specific skills training, and the opportunity to attend ACE Crew Leader training weekends. Corps Members will be required to develop, recruit for, and execute a large community service event in the local Flagstaff Community.

This AmeriCorps position is funded through a grant from Arizona’s Governor’s Commission of Service and Volunteerism. Successful candidates for the position can expect to be placed only on projects within the state of Arizona during their term of service. 900 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $2,865. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. Leadership Development Corps Member positions are only available on two start dates during the ACE season, please visit the application page for specific information on the limited availability of these opportunities. APPLY NOW.

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