Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Situated on the banks of California’s majestic central coast…


Welcome to Santa Cruz

ACE California is based in Santa Cruz, a coastal location also known as, ‘Surf City USA’. On the coastline of the largest marine wildlife refuge in the country and nestled at the base of the ancient Redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this city of 60,000 offers a huge range of outdoor recreational activities. Situated on the famous Pacific Coast Highway 1, Santa Cruz is a 40-minute drive from San Jose, 1.5 hours from San Francisco, and is also home of the UCSC Banana Slugs (Go Slugs!). With many great outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities, ACE members will find no shortage of fun and excitement on their days off in this great location.


ACE CA – Lake Tahoe

ACE CA also operates housing based in South Lake Tahoe, for those participants who are stationed on projects in the mountains of northern CA during the warm summer months. Tahoe, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, boasts a great variety of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and other activities across the stately granite mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And, of course, there’s the beach. Reno is only an hour away, for those looking for the excitement of city-life during days off. Like Santa Cruz, Tahoe is a great, beloved destination spot for many Californians, and provides many opportunities for our corpsmembers based there.



Santa Cruz Program Details

ACE California strives towards the ACE mission of creating meaningful service opportunities for as diverse a membership as possible, and does so in partnership with diverse land managers as well. From the Cascade Mountains and shrub steppe in the north, throughout the Sierra Nevada, along the coast and interior valleys, to the chaparral and deserts in the south – in wilderness areas and urban interfaces alike – ACE CA crews hear the call to serve, and conduct ecological restoration, trail improvement, and hazardous fuel reduction projects wherever the work is needed.

To join ACE CA is to contribute to a lasting legacy of work proudly implemented for the benefit of the environment and communities all throughout the state. It is to develop professionally in a goal-oriented culture, and grow within a team. To hire an ACE CA crew is to leverage a mission of service into practical objectives on the ground. It is to work together toward shared, meaningful outcomes. 

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

900 hour Corps Member Position Description:

900 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 24-26 weeks in the great outdoors, gain valuable job skills, grow personally and develop leadership skills. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel and camp throughout the vast and beautiful state of California in amazing locations through our partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and many other land trusts, RCD’s, and alliances. Corps members will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wide array of projects during their service including: trail construction and repair, invasive species removal, fence construction and repair, 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, education and development of our Corps Members. APPLY NOW.

450 hour Corps Member Position Description:

450 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 12-14 weeks in the great outdoors, gain valuable job skills, grow personally and develop leadership skills. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel and camp throughout the vast and beautiful state of California in amazing locations through our partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and many other land trusts, RCD’s, and alliances. Corps members will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wide array of projects during their service including: trail construction and repair, invasive species removal, fence construction and repair, 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, education and development of our Corps Members. APPLY NOW.

300 hour Corps Member Position Description:

300 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 12 weeks in the great outdoors, gain valuable job skills, grow personally and develop leadership skills. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel and camp throughout the vast and beautiful state of California in amazing locations through our partnerships with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and many other land trusts, RCD’s, and alliances. Corps members will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wide array of projects during their service including: trail construction and repair, invasive species removal, fence construction and repair, 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, education and development of our Corps Members. APPLY NOW.

Conservation Volunteer Position Description:

ACE conservation volunteers participate in small teams of both U.S. citizens and international participants, while working and camping for typically 8-11 days at a time on direct service projects for the National Forest Service, National Park Service and other land management agencies all over the state of California. Projects include sustainable trail construction and maintenance, non-native species removal, fence construction, erosion control, and wilderness restoration. Conservation crew members contribute their positive energy and enthusiasm to a safe and professional outdoor atmosphere while making a positive impact to the surrounding landscapes and communities.

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