The Natural Resources Conservation Service Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (NRCS-ACES) Program offers individuals 55 and older temporary paid assignments to provide technical services in support of the conservation-related programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

These services may include conservation planning assistance, technical consultation, and assistance with design and implementation of conservation practices. The NCRS-ACES program supports the work of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Section 2710), the program is patterned after the Senior Environmental Employment Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Center for Workforce Inclusion administers the NRCS-ACES Program as one of four national nonprofit organizations selected by USDA through a competitive process. Through Task Agreements, NRCS awards funds for the Center to recruit, screen, place, and pay NRCS-ACES Enrollees. After qualified applicants are selected through a cooperative process, NRCS staff oversees the work activities of NCRS-ACES Enrollees while the Center provides payroll, time record maintenance, record keeping, and administrative support.

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

NRCS-ACES Enrollees are not employees of either USDA or a State agriculture department but receive wages and benefits including paid federal holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Enrollees work from 16 to 40 hours a week.

By law, NRCS-ACES Enrollees cannot displace or reduce the non-overtime hours, wages, or employment benefits of USDA employees; perform work of USDA 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 NRCS-ACES Program for a list of current openings.

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

Chris Garland, Vice President of Workforce Development: 301 578-8932
Sarah Branch, Field Operations Officer: 301 578-8889
Jenny Bivens, Field Operations Officer: 734 214-4817
Silvia Camargo, Payroll Specialist: 301 578-8873

NRCS-ACES Program General Information

NRCS-ACES Wage Levels 

All National ACES Grantee Contacts

NRCS-ACES Handbook

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


Enrollment Activity PDF or Word

Worker’s Comp Claim Form PDF or Word

Enrollee Profile PDF or Word

NRCS-ACES Traveler’s Forms

Travel Authorization PDF or Word

Travel Expense PDF or Word

Link to Per Diem Rates Schedule

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization PDF or Word

Insurance Information

Enrollees working 30 hours or more may choose to be covered by a comprehensive insurance plan. Premiums are paid by The Center with program funds. No Dependent Coverage is offered.

All enrollees are eligible to participate in a Dental Plan for a modest cost through payroll deduction.

NRCS-ACES Payroll Information

Payroll Schedule

Direct Deposit Authorization Form PDF New

Timesheets and Instructions