ACE Conservation Crew Leader (Mountain West-Utah)

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Full Time



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Application Deadline



United States


American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic 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 has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support to enable crews to safely and economically implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the US Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, USFWS and numerous state and local land management partners.

Location: Based in Hurricane, UT with field projects taking place throughout Utah and the Mountain West Region.

Job Title: Conservation Crew Leader 

Exemption Status: Exempt

Required Duties and Responsibilities:

As the primary front-line staff of American Conservation Experience, crew leaders (CL's) lead teams of young adult Corps members in completion of environmental conservation and restoration projects throughout the Western United States. CL's train and lead corps members in conservation work skills, basic environmental education, outdoor living skills, and engage their crews in environmental work projects that address critical environmental needs. Work is almost exclusively outdoors, involves strenuous physical labor in all weather conditions and climates, and may involve "spike" camping for several days at a time in remote wilderness locations. The work may involve working for other ACE offices/locations for temporary periods.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.

  • Ability to lead and train a team.
  • Knowledge of environmental conservation skills, basic environmental education, and outdoor living/camping skills.
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of heavy manual labor for extended periods of time, and often under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
  • Ability to adapt to surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corps members, partner agency staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to understand and follow ACE systems and processes including supervisor key responsibilities.

 Essential Functions Specific to the Job: 

  • Arranging details of transportation, tools, equipment, living arrangements, field communication, and work project completion.
  • Transporting crew to worksites, and camping with crew during projects.
  • Arranging environmental education activities and opportunities.
  • Maintaining and repairing hand and power tools and other equipment as necessary.
  • Hiking, backpacking, camping and cooking outdoors while at front country and wilderness spike camps.
  • Completing all project paperwork correctly, including weekly reports, safety sheets, accident reports, end of week check lists, feedback forms and others as necessary.
  • Replacing items as needed in the cookset, first aid kit, and PPE set
  • Leading and training a team for conservation work projects, that may include: constructing and maintaining trails; restoring forest health and reducing wildfire risk through tree thinning using powered equipment; constructing and maintaining fences and outdoor facilities; restoring wildlife habitats; maintaining public parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas; planting trees, conducting native plant re-vegetation, and eradicating exotic plant species; conducting ecological testing and monitoring; surveying, mapping and monitoring using GPS technology.

 Minimum Qualifications:  

  • If the candidate is currently an Americorps Member, the candidate must successfully complete their Americorps term before August 6, 2018 
  • Must maintain a positive, constructive work environment conducive to team dynamics.
  • Must be flexible and possess a high work ethic
  • Must maintain timely, effective communication with crew, project partners and supervisors,
  • Must enforce the use of appropriate safety procedures in all tasks.
  • Must maintain optimal physical health, including a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license. 
  • Must secure first aid/CPR certification within 14 days of employment and maintain certification. 
  • Must submit to a criminal background check prior to hire. Persons convicted of a felony are not eligible for appointment to this classification.


Education Requirements: 

  • BA/BS degree (or higher) is preferred


Compensation: Salaried position $560.00/week

Benefits:  We offer health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and designated Holidays for qualified employees.

Food will be provided during weekly field projects at no cost.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: to fill out an application. You must include a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview. Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Deadline:  Candidates must be eligible to begin work on or before August 27, 2018. Application is due August 15, 2018; position will be open until filled and may close at any time.

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.