Pacific West

Join Us – ACE CREW, Pacific 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 Central and Southern CA

ACE Pacific West is separated into two locations, Central CA and Southern CA.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA  – ACE Pacific West’s Central California base is located in the suburbs of Sacramento, resting on Nisenan, Patwin, and Me-Wuk ancestral lands. Settled on the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Sacramento features the world-renowned 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail along the American River, and conservation-focused Sacramento Zoo all within a 10-mile radius. Lake Tahoe is only a 2 hour drive Northeast and offers an array of activities for the outdoor enthusiast as the Gateway to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – ACE Pacific West’s Southern California base is located in Ridgecrest and rests on Northern Paiute, Kawaiisu, and Newe (Western Shoshone) indigenous lands in close proximity to the California High Desert. Surrounded by four mountain ranges, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to partake in during off days. From rock climbing to wildflower hunting to camping, 

What We Do

ACE Pacific West works in a wide variety of areas throughout the state of California. From forest thinning using chainsaws and building trail structures using dry-stone masonry in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to trail construction within California’s coastal Redwood forests, the vast range of projects take us all over California and the Pacific West. Our work encompasses trail construction and maintenance, specialized rock work, habitat restoration and planting, fencing, fuels reduction, invasive species removal, historic preservation, and much more. To join ACE Pacific West is to contribute to a lasting legacy of work proudly implemented for the benefit of the environment and communities throughout the West.

Explore the Pacific West’s Most Iconic Locations

  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • Eldorado National Forest
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Ridgecrest BLM Land
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Inyo National Forest
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Cleveland 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.

Mountain West – Hurricane, UT
Eastern – Asheville, NC
Southwest – Flagstaff, AZ
EPIC – Opportunities Nationwide

I have so much more confidence in my skills and ability to tackle new problems from my time at ACE. Professionally, so many opportunities that I had never considered before have opened up for me. And personally, I have gained so many relationships that I treasure, and I feel like I can handle anything that comes my way knowing they’ve got my back.

- Ashley B.

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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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