American Conservation Experience


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.


ACE AmeriCorps members serve in Arizona, Utah, California, North Carolina, and in other service locations around the country while working alongside dozens of land management agencies all over the United States. ACE AmeriCorps members receive job skills trainings, living stipends, free housing, free meals, and an Education Award upon successful completion of their term of service.

ACE AmeriCorps programs are designed to provide American youth with opportunities for personal and professional development as well as the hands-on job skills training necessary for advancement in outdoor careers, all while meeting critical community needs through environmental stewardship and volunteerism.

ACE has proudly been involved with the AmeriCorps program since 2009.


In 2010, ACE California was awarded a State Formula Grant from California Volunteers. This grant supported 40 AmeriCorps members per year to serve with ACE. After successfully achieving and exceeding program goals in 2010 and 2011, ACE CA was granted a program expansion for 2012-2013 and currently has 57 half-time AmeriCorps members and 28 quarter-time AmeriCorps members per year.

Find more information on the history of ACE and how to apply here