American Conservation Corps
Live and work in the Rocky Mountains in summer 2013! Now is the time to join an ambitious team of outgoing, energetic, conservation-minded college students protecting our wilderness! Make lasting friendships while you experience a summer of challenges, rewards and accomplishments.
If you are a college student looking for a life-changing experience and a chance to make a difference in the future of our National Parks and Forests, don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the 2013 American Conservation Corps.
ACC provides a unique experience for students, especially those interested in natural resource conservation, biology, natural history, and environmental science. For eleven weeks, ACC crews work side by side with park and forest service teams in Rocky Mountain National Park and USDA National Forests constructing and maintaining trails, restoring historic buildings and learning from expert park and forest managers. Four day work weeks allow plenty of off-duty time to explore our wonderful parks and forests. This service learning internship offers up to two transferrable credit hours through Colorado State University. Field Seminars conducted by recognized experts in natural and cultural history provide an educational foundation for this paid internship. All work clothing, one hour of credit, housing and gear is provided by ACC. A second credit hour is optional and may be purchased by the crew member. Compensation is paid by stipend bi-weekly.
APPLY NOW! Positions for 2013 are already being filled! The ACC term is from May 20th through August 4th, 2013. Applications are available at the link below and will be accepted until March 31st, 2013. You must be 18-23 years of age as of June 1st, 2013. No experience is necessary to apply as a crew member. All you need are the desire and ability to work hard and learn new skills in the outdoors as part of a team. This year’s program includes four crews, each with six students including a crew leader and an assistant. Leaders and assistant leaders must have previous trail crew experience. Nationwide recruiting for 24 crew positions means that selection is competitive. Check out the application and APPLY NOW!
The Estes Crew lives in an old Victorian house in the town of Estes Park, Colorado and works on trails and revegetation in Rocky Mountain National Park. This crew is part of the team that keeps heavily-used front and back-country trails accessible for over three million visitors each year. Typical trail work includes building and cleaning drainage structures, restoring trail surfaces and trimming encroaching vegetation. Revegetation includes salvaging native plants and removing invasive species.
The Shadow Mountain Crew is certified by the US Forest Service as Class A Sawyers and lives and works in Arapaho National Forest near Grand Lake, Colorado. Bunkhouse cabins in Shadow Mountain Village provide comfortable accommodations and connection with the professional team that manages the Sulphur Ranger District’s resources. Typical trail work includes restoring trail drainage, building bridges, and using chainsaws in removal of hazard trees that could limit public access to the forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness.
The Rawah Wilderness Crew is largely self-supervised and lives and works in the back-country of Roosevelt National Forest. Stub Creek Bunkhouse is this crew’s comfortable base camp when not overnighting somewhere along the trail. Typical work includes the use of hand tools and saws in restoration of drainage and removal of downed trees that block trails and degrade watersheds by altering back-country travel patterns. The autonomous nature of this crew’s work allows considerable flexibility in achieving its goals and places high priority on team leadership, spirit and commitment. Rawah Crew often teams up with Red Feather Crew on joint projects in Canyon Lakes Ranger District.
The Red Feather Crew lives and works in the Red Feather Lakes area of Roosevelt National Forest. The modern accommodations at Dowdy Lake provide comfortable quarters close to recreation opportunities and many miles of trails in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. This crew constructs new trails, and rehabilitates others, often alongside the Rawah Crew and other trail crews. Work in 2013 may include mitigation of the effects of 2012’s major wildfires and trail work in other ranger districts. 2013’s Red Feather and Rawah Wilderness Crews will be certified in the use of cross-cut saws.
APPLY NOW for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For further information about this incredible experience, click on the links below. Call (970)586-3262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
“The cover letter for the ACC states that crew members will spend the summer “outdoors living in the Rocky Mountains, building lifelong friendships, learning about the natural environment, networking with people in the National Park and Forest Services, and protecting and preserving Colorado’s public lands.” They should add that crew members will spend the summer finding themselves and developing into the person they’ve always wanted to be.”
Anna Burke, 2012 Red Feather Crew
2012 Estes Crew
“I found peace on the trail that I’ve never come across in any other job. And this feeling, for me, is success, whether it’s the breathtaking views in the park or the heartwarming smile from an appreciative hiker. This summer has left me with a new outlook on what life is all about.”
2011 Shadow Mountain Crew
“As the Shadow Mountain crew left the village, all we could do was to reflect on the amazing summer we had and the wonderful people we worked with. Love every project you work on because you are doing good work and take as many pictures as possible- you’re going to want them when you leave! Best of luck and enjoy everything ACC has to offer.”
Zach Windsor 2012 Rawah Crew
“I hope that others will break from this world as I have this summer and see that there is much beyond the shopping malls and city halls. That there is a tree, a waterfall, and a mountain somewhere out there and it is worth fighting for… it is worth holding on to.”
“We should step back, and look at our choices,
Use our hands, our hearts, our voices,
To keep the national parks and forests,
To protect the world for those born after us.”
Carol Skelton, 2012 Estes Crew