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Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES)

Through the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program, experienced workers, age 55 and over, help NRCS employees provide technical services in support of conservation.


NRCS enters into agreements with nonprofit organizations that provide ACES workers on a part-time or full-time basis. NRCS provides funds, office space, position descriptions, work assignments and oversight for the ACES positions, while the nonprofit organization handles advertising, recruiting, hiring and payroll for each position. Available positions span a variety of skill sets and educational levels.  In addition to wages, NRCS covers administrative fees such as federal payroll tax, unemployment compensation, and pay increases. ACES enrollees are neither federal employees nor state agriculture department employees, nor the employees of the nonprofit organization, and their wages do not impact retirement annuities.

Who is Eligible

Applicants must be age 55 and over and able to provide services and skills required for the jobs advertised on the web sites of the three non-profits with which NRCS has national cooperative agreements: Senior Service America, Inc., and National Experienced Workforce Solutions​ Inc.

National and state budget priorities determine which NRCS offices participate in the ACES program.

How to Apply

Applicants should check the web sites of the nonprofit partners for available positions:

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