ACES Program – USFS

The U.S. Forest Service ACES Program

NOWCC is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service  to provide ACES enrollees who are experienced workers 55 years and older, to assist with technical services for conservation related programs and authorities carried out on National Forest Service (NFS) land. The U.S. Forest Service ACES Program was authorized by Congress with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill (PL 113-079).

To search open positions with the U.S. Forest Service ACES Program click here. To search open positions with the Pilot Program click here.

About the Forest Service

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
The NOWCC ACES Program is currently filling over 280 positions in 27 states and is expected to grow in the years ahead. (The pilot started in 2005 with 30 positions in eight states and grew to over 200 positions in 34 states during the three years.) Though NOWCC managed the earlier pilot, it has been joined by two other national organizations authorized to manage the ACES program with NRCS’ states operations. These organizations receive grants from the state offices and recruit, enroll and support qualified older workers for technical or scientific responsibilities, many part-time, specified by the states. Three years of valuable work by enrollees in diverse conservation projects during the pilot demonstrated to NRCS the value of experienced workers and paved the way for the successful launch of a permanent ACES Program. With roughly 2500 conservation districts across the country, the potential is virtually limitless for connecting interested and experienced workers with challenging and rewarding opportunities to help NRCS achieve its conservation goals.
Close Menu