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American Conservation Experience Alumna Member Earns National Corpsmember of the Year Award

Precious Vicente is recognized as she combines her Hopi and Akimel O’odham heritage with her cultural resource role with the National Park Service

Flagstaff, AZ – March 17, 2023 –
American Conservation Experience (ACE) Alumna member Precious Vicente received a 2023 Corpsmember of the Year award during the organization’s Annual Conference on March 8, 2023. The award is given to those who have earned notable achievement in the conservation field and are selected through a competitive nomination and review process. Vicente assists in building educational programs and tribal connections through her role with the National Park Service (NPS).


Vicente currently works as a NPS Park Ranger for the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona. Vicente began her conservation journey by joining the National Park Service Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) through American Conservation Experience (ACE) in search of new opportunities and with a passion for learning about her Hopi and Akimel O’odham heritage. Through her current role as a Park Ranger at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, she serves as a cultural resource to guests as well as staff.


“We are incredibly proud of Precious and her contributions to conservation as she shares a tribal perspective and relays the cultural significance of historic sites such as the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument,” says ACE CEO and President Laura Herrin. “For nearly 20 years ACE has recruited, trained and inspired the next generation of land stewards and Precious is a shining example of an emerging leader who is making her mark in the conservation field.”


ACE works with more than 1,000 young adults annually and matches them with professionally supervised teams as they explore future outdoor careers, learn practical field skills, and develop confidence through hands-on service projects that address recreation, conservation, disaster response, and community needs. To learn how you can get involved, visit 

About the American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Founded in 2004, the American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains young adults and military veterans from all backgrounds to complete a range of restoration and historic preservation projects while building the next generation of land stewards. Participants gain professional skills and cultivate their conservation careers through ACE’s experienced staff and working alongside representatives from agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and other conservation focused groups. Currently ACE operates out of hubs in Flagstaff AZ, Sacramento and Ridgecrest, CA, Salt Lake City and Hurricane UT and Asheville, NC along with a robust remote workforce located across the country. To learn more, visit





Precious Vicente receives award

Precious Vicente (left) receives award from The Corps Network President and CEO Mary Ellen Sprenkel

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