The Forest Service (FS) Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program

The FS-ACES Program offers individuals 55 and older temporary paid assignments to provide technical services for conservation-related programs and authorities carried out on National Forest Service land. The FS-ACES Program supports the work of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Forest Service. The 2008 Farm Bill (Section 1252) established the ACES Program. The authority was extended to the Forest Service in the 2014 Farm Bill (Section 8302).

SSAI administers the FS-ACES Program as one of two national nonprofit organizations selected by the Forest Service. After qualified applicants are selected through SSAI’s application process, the Forest Service staff oversees the work activities of FS-ACES Enrollees while SSAI provides payroll, time record maintenance, record keeping, and administrative support. FS-ACES Enrollees are not employees of US Forest Service.

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

Enrollees may work up to 29 hours per week.

By law, FS-ACES Enrollees cannot displace or reduce the non-overtime hours, wages, or employment benefits of US Forest Service employees; perform work of US Forest Service employees who are in a layoff status from the same or a substantially-equivalent job or function; or affect existing contracts for services.

Browse the vacant positions in our FS-ACES Program for a list of current openings.

If you are interested in applying for any the FS ACES positions, please follow the instructions in the job posting.

Main SSAI SEE Program Line: 301 578-8910
John Smith, SEE Director: 301 578-8828
Sarah Branch, Field Operations Officer: 301 578-8889
Jenny Bivens, Field Operations Officer: 734 214-4817
Silvia Camargo, Payroll Specialist: 301 578-8873

Metropolitan Travel: 703 941-8186 or 1 800 662-6363
Metropolitan Travel After hour helpline: 1 866 549-7719

FS-ACES Program General Information

FS-ACES Wage Levels

All National ACES Grantee Contacts

Forest Service Regional Map

FS-ACES Handbook

This is an information tool for the purpose of acquainting Enrollees and FS-ACES Monitors with the policies, procedures, benefits, and restrictions affecting Enrollee participation in the FS-ACES Program.

FS-ACES Forms

Enrollment Activity PDF

Worker’s Comp Claim Form PDF

Enrollee Information Form PDF

FS-ACES Traveler’s Forms

Travel Authorization PDF

Travel Expense PDF

Link to Per Diem Rates Schedule

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization PDF

FS-ACES Payroll Information

Payroll Schedule

Direct Deposit Authorization Form PDF

Timesheets and Instructions