ACES: Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services Program

ACES Program Overview

The Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services Program, also known as ACES, assists the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service by providing workers 55 years of age and older to support conservation-related programs.  Enrollees do meaningful and technical work to contribute to the conservation of our natural resources while using their experience and knowledge, increasing their skill levels, and helping their own financial security.

Project Sites

ACES Contact

Lois Kohashi-Sinclair
E-mail: lois@napca.org

Location Address

1511 Third Avenue, #914
Seattle, WA 98101

Contact Information

Phone: (206) 624-1221
Toll-free: (800) 336-2722
Fax: (206) 624-1023

Enrollee Testimonials

The past two and a half years have been a truly gratifying experience, knowing that my efforts helped local farmers qualify for federal conservation programs, as well as the processing and completion of documentation that ultimately led to the federal payments to farmers for their hard work in completing conservation practices.

J.F.SEE Enrollee

This job has been truly a rewarding experience for me, keeping me engaged in the farm community and protecting the natural resources of this beautiful county.

A.C.ACES Enrollee

My duties as an ACES enrollee vary with the season, but I am employed primarily as a field biologist completing vegetative transects in wetlands, as part of a team working in eight counties in upstate New York, weather permitting.

D.K.ACES Enrollee

As an ACES enrollee, I was able help elementary school students learn about local animals and their habitat, the difference between a wildfire and a controlled burn, different types of insects and diseases, and the importance of a watershed and how pollutants can affect our water.

M.D.ACES Enrollee

Joining The Program

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be at least 55 years old and legally eligible to work in the United States.

ACES Enrollee Levels

Position levels reflects the four categories in the ACES program. Work hours vary between 32 and 80 hours per two-week pay period.

Level 1 – Technical, no degree required

Level 2 – Technical Non-Specific Degree or Undergraduate Degree required

Level 3 – Professional, Specific Degree required or Master’s Degree required

Level 4 – Professional, Professional/Expert Advanced Degree required or Doctoral Degree required with extensive experience

Enrollee Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Vacation – Up to fifteen days annually for 40 hours a week. Part time computed based on hours worked.
  • Sick leave – Up to twelve days annually for 40 hours a week. Part time computed based on hours worked.
  • Holiday – Enrollees follow the federal holiday schedule.
  • Jury duty – Number of regularly scheduled hours paid for verified jury service.
  • Leave of absence – Leave without pay for personal reasons other than FMLA is available on a case by case basis.
  • Dental and vision insurance – Enrollees are eligible to enroll in a dental care and vision insurance plan through payroll deduction.

ACES Program Opportunities

Resource Soil Specialist (Level 4)
Tolland, CT
Engineering Technician (Level 2)
Colville, WA