Mountain West

Join Us – ACE CREW, Mountain West

The American Conservation Experience (ACE) is one of the nation’s premier conservation corps and provides opportunities for young adults in all 50 states and several territories.

Our CREW program is for participants ages 18-30 (35 for veterans), who are interested in making a difference while gaining valuable skills and experience. ACE offers many options – whether you are exploring a short-term outdoor-related opportunity or considering a new career path. ACE Crews work alongside industry leaders such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and a number of state agencies and nonprofit partners. Members serve in professionally supervised teams and gain hands-on experience through trail maintenance, fire hazard reduction, habitat restoration projects, historical preservation, wildlife surveys, and more. A living allowance and housing are frequently included.

ACE is committed to attaining a workforce that represents the rich and diverse experiences of the communities in which we work.

Join our team today! Learn more about our current openings below to find the ACE Opportunity that’s right for you.

Why Crew?

  • Team setting to build both technical and interpersonal skills
  • Foundational conservation work and principles
  • Housing provided in most locations
  • Opportunities offered nationwide
  • Work with staff from local and federal land management agencies
  • Broad networking opportunities
  • Food and transportation while on project
  • Biweekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful term completion
  • Some positions are eligible for PLC noncompetitive hiring authority
  • Hands-on field projects and trainings
  • Opportunities for professional development trainings
  • Opportunities to travel regionally for projects as well as off days

Based in Hurricane, UT

ACE Mountain West is located in Hurricane, Utah (locally pronounced HER-a-kin) and is literally seated at “The Gateway to Zion.” Hurricane is located on indigenous Southern Paiute and Pueblos lands (visit the Native Land website to learn more about indigenous lands in this region and beyond).  This quaint and picturesque town of almost 20,000 offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities as well as close proximity to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, such as Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, along with one of the world’s most famous destinations: Las Vegas. quickly becoming an internationally known hotspot for mountain biking, and IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) has awarded the Hurricane Cliffs trail system one of its coveted “Epic Ride” designations, with many of these trails constructed or maintained by ACE.

What We Do

ACE Mountain West’s work is as varied and engaging as the landscapes we traverse. While we often focus on trail construction and maintenance, including creation of new mountain biking and equestrian trails, our crews also work on local planting projects, habitat restoration, fencing installation, and river restoration efforts. As part of greater fire mitigation efforts in the West, we also often work on fuels reduction projects that involve forest thinning and stacking of slash piles to minimize dead and down fuels for wildfires. 

Explore the Mountain West’s Most Iconic Locations

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Dixie National Forest
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  •  Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  •  And many more!

Additional ACE Locations

ACE offers projects in some of the nation’s most beautiful destinations. If you would like to learn more about these options, use the links below.

Southwest – Flagstaff, AZ
Eastern – Asheville, NC
Pacific West – Central and Southern CA
EPIC – Opportunities Nationwide

I feel safe to say that ACE drastically changed my life. It took me in a whole new direction that I hadn’t even considered for myself. In college I studied Art Education and the thought never crossed my mind that one day I would be working in Zion National Park as a Wildland FireFighter. I didn’t really even know what that job was. Now I work with people who were once my project partners in Zion. I was told by both of the people in charge of hiring me for my two fire seasons that my work experience with the conservation corps was the main reason I was hired.

- Maria R.

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About American Conservation Experience

Mission

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.

Our History

Founded in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona, ACE was established as a local conservation corps, providing a range of service programs and opportunities for both American and international participants.

Over the years ACE continued to grow and expand its programming partnerships that include federal land management agencies and dozens of federal, state, municipal, and nonprofit partnerships. Currently ACE operates out of hubs in Flagstaff AZ, Sacramento, CA, Salt Lake City and Hurricane UT and Asheville, NC along with a robust remote workforce located across the country.

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