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Last updated 11/12/09

 

ACE - Professional Development Corps Internship

American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in
Flagstaff, AZ, is currently hiring energetic, ambitious young adults to
participate as AmeriCorps members in a paid 6 month skills training
program preparing them for outdoor careers with ACE, with other
conservation corps, or with land management agencies such as the National
Park Service, US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Positions begin January 3, 2009.

Position Description:
Professional Development Interns will spend 6 months training on complex
trail construction, forestry or environmental restoration projects under
the guidance of ACE’s most highly skilled staff members.   The goal of the
position is to accomplish meaningful project work for a variety of
agencies while becoming proficient in advanced field techniques such as
trail construction, dry stone masonry, fencing, chainsaw use, and
GPS/Survey method.   Professional Development Interns will also gain
leadership skills while helping to supervise, train, and generally support
ACE volunteers who are rotated into long term projects.    Each
Professional Development Intern will also be required to coordinate one
volunteer event, recruiting a minimum of 10 members of the local Flagstaff
community to participate in a volunteer day alongside ACE crews.  All work
is physically demanding, requiring stints of up to 10 days in the
backcountry.

Location:
Interns will be based in Flagstaff, AZ.   Projects take place at various
locations throughout Arizona, with an emphasis on Grand Canyon National
Park.   ACE crews work throughout the Southwest, so occasional projects in
surrounding states such as southern Utah, southern Nevada, and southern
California are likely.    All participants must be flexible and willing to
be assigned to a variety of locations and for multiple agencies.
Project assignments vary in length from 2 weeks to 3 months so interns
will experience a range of opportunities throughout their 6 month term.

Compensation:  Professional Development Interns are AmeriCorps members
receiving a living allowance of $6,250 for 900 hours of work.  Upon
successful completion of the program, interns also receive an AmeriCorps
education award of $2,675 to be used to pay tuition or student loans.
Food is provided on project days.   Interns are responsible for finding
their own housing in Flagstaff and are encouraged to team up with the
other 20 Professional Development participants to rent shared housing.

Qualifications:
Professional Development Interns must have an established interest in
conservation issues and should take evident joy in tackling challenging
situations with a positive mindset.   Applicants must be willing to
undertake arduous physical work in all types of weather and terrain, and
to participate as a team member, dedicated to ACE’s mission.  Preference
will be given to former and graduating ACE volunteers, graduated members
of other conservation corps, and those with a history of committed
engagement in similar volunteer and outdoors activities.    ACE’s
Professional Development Program is meant as a stepping stone to
environmental careers and as a gateway to potential advancement within
ACE, not only as an interesting and rewarding way to spend 6 months
working in beautiful locations.  Drug users, including recreational
smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the
right to require drug testing and generally abhors the presence of drug
users in our program.

Age: 18 to 35

Training:
Trainings include technical project and outdoor skills such as retaining
wall construction, rock step construction, rock drilling, splitting and
shaping, setting up rigging systems, tread and switchback construction,
installing water bars, check dams and other erosion control devises,
chainsaw certification, fence construction technique, GPS use, wildlife
survey technique, and CPR/First Aid.   Interns will also be certified in
First Aid/CPR and will develop interpersonal and leadership skills while
serving as mentors to ACE volunteers and as support for ACE and agency
staff.

Start Date:  January 3, 2009

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2009

Positions will be filled by December 7 with all applicants notified
accordingly.

To Apply:
Please email a full resume with 2 references and a supporting letter
detailing what you hope to achieve through participation in ACE’s
Professional Development Program to Chris Baker at
cbaker@usaconservation.org.  Write “PDC Intern – ECOLOG-L referred” in the
subject line of your email.


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