American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a nonprofit Conservation Corps that is currently seeking energetic, ambitious emerging conservation and restoration professionals to participate as AmeriCorps members in a 450 hour program of outdoor skills training focused on Habitat Restoration.
The primary focus of this position will be vegetation management (invasive vs. native) and habitat restoration, but other tasks such as historical trail preservation and trail work may be required. Corps Members volunteer their energy, enthusiasm, and working long hours in adverse weather conditions, to do work that is not always glamorous. This opportunity is intended for environmental stewards who are eager to give back to our public lands.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) provides critical habitat for central flyway migratory birds, federally and state listed species such as whooping crane, least tern, and Western snowy plover. Several hundred acres of the 22,135 acre refuge are impacted by invasive plant species, affecting native plant communities and wildlife habitat by changing biological diversity and altering ecosystem function. Quivira NWR implements invasive species management on the refuge by partnering with American Conservation Experience (ACE) to restore native habitat associated with open grassland, and various wetland types. This project supports the Mission of the Service by working with others to conserve, protect and enhance wildlife habitat for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Marais de Cygnes NWR is 7,730 acres of bottomland hardwood forest surrounding the Marais des Cygnes river in southeast Kansas. This somewhat unique Kansas habitat includes native tallgrass prairie uplands and wetlands which surround the hardwood forests. These prairie and wetland habitats are used by waterfowl for spring and fall migration. The refuge is interspersed with private lands and also surrounded by roads. This combination creates a major source of invasive plant invasion to the ecosystem. In removing the vining invasive species on this refuge, the ecosystems of edges can return to the historical bottomland status. Native plant species will then thrive allowing migratory birds to feed, rest, and nest on the refuge.
Field work and other duties might include but are not limited to:
- Invasive species removal
- Habitat restoration
- Wetland restoration
- Inventory and monitoring
- Grid walk surveys
- Plant identification
- Historical preservation