Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC

An artist’s community surrounded by the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.


Welcome to Asheville

Asheville was chosen for its beautiful location nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, its eclectic feel, and its close proximity to a variety of National Parks, National Forests, and State Parks. ACE North Carolina (ACE NC) is also expanding into the southern states to secure projects in warmer areas throughout the fall and winter months.


Typical Projects

ACE is renowned for our expertise in trail construction, maintenance, and reconstruction, and this forms a large percentage of the projects conduceted out of Asheville. The ACE NC office continues to work on high-profile trail projects in both the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. We also work with other non-profits and land trusts to combat invasive species such and ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven) and paulownia tomentosa (princess tree) in areas such as the Hickory Nut Gorge, near Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock State Park. We have also worked to remove downed trees on a paddle trail within Congaree National Park.


Housing

ACE has purchased a ten bedroom, four bath, and two living room house about 3 miles south of downtown Asheville, just outside the Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate; Americas largest single-family owned home! Each corpsmember will be assigned a room and twin-sized bed with personal storage. Members will share their rooms with 2-4 people during their stay with ACE NC.



Program Details

ACE’s Southeast office located in Asheville, North Carolina, opened in May of 2014. ACE’s expansion to the Southeast region began as a partnership with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. After three years of sending crews from ACE AZ in Flagstaff to work on these public lands, ACE decided to open new branch in the Southeast , aided by the continuing support from our exisitng parterns and with new partnerships developed within the first year.


 

This expansion into new territory of the United States not only places ACE in a biologically and historically rich area, it provides a new place for our volunteers and corps members to work and explore!


ACE Southeast Position Descriptions


 
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 Description:

450 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 12 weeks in the great outdoors working in teams completing conservation projects. ACE will provide the opportunity to work, travel, and camp throughout the American Southeast in amazing locations such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Congaree National Park. 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, habitat restoration, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys and more. This position gives those interested in conservation careers an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety, education 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. APPLY NOW.

900 hour Corps Member Position Description:

900 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 24 weeks in the great outdoors working on a variety of teams completing conservation projects. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel and camp throughout the American Southeast in amazing locations such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Congaree National Park. 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, habitat restoration, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys and more. This position gives those interested in conservation careers an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety, education 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. 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 North Carolina Sawyers will participate in an 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 with ACE’s Safety Coordinator, 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 an A Feller 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 in North Carolina. APPLY NOW.

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