Through the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program, experienced workers, age 55 and over, assist the Forest Services as non-federal experienced workers under temporary technical assignments carrying out conservation-related programs.
Forest Service ACES Initiative
Authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACES authority provides unique opportunities including the ability to quickly acquire skilled personnel with specific "ready to apply" knowledge in conservation-related programs and practices with minimal administrative investment. This is made possible through partnership agreements with nonprofit organizations which will be responsible for identifying appropriate resources for the Agency's needs and directly administering those resources to provide ACES “Enrollees” on a temporary basis.
The Forest Service provides funds, office space, position descriptions, work assignments and oversight for the ACES positions, while the nonprofit organization handles advertising, recruiting, onboarding and payroll for each position. Available positions span a variety of skill sets and levels of experience. Beginning May 2017 through April 2018, the Forest Service will implement an ACES assessment initiative in the National Forest System, Forest Management staff area with focus on technical assistance in silviculture and timber sales. The Forest Service has entered into two Master Umbrella Agreements with non-profit partners. Under these Agreements, Units on all levels across the Forest Service will be able to build task orders to onboard ACES Enrollees within the scope of the initiative.
Applicants must be age 55 and over and able to provide services and skills required for the jobs advertised on the websites of the two non-profits that which Forest Service has Master Umbrella Agreements: Senior Service America, Inc. and the National Older Worker Career Center.
How to Apply
Applicants should check the websites of the nonprofit partners for available positions: