Appalachian Conservation Corps

About Appalachian Conservation Corps

Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio,  Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania.  As a corps program,  ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development.  ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations.

Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.  ACC welcomes national applicants but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.


Conservation Crew Member

May 2023 - August 2023 Harrisonburg, VA
“I got to be physically active, spend time outdoors, and form lasting connections with my crew.”

Conservation Corp Crew Leader

June 2022 - August 2022 Harrisonburg, VA
“Working for ACC is an amazing opportunity to learn about conservation and develop professional skills. You learn to work closely with diverse individuals and meet project partners from the USFS, NPS, and other local recreation organizations which help with networking. You learn a wide variety of skills, get to work hands on, and spend time in the outdoors. ACC also provides AmeriCorps service positions that offer an educational award upon completion of a set term. It is a great job for students interested in the outdoors and conservation. ”
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