American Conservation Experience - Member
  • US Forest Service
  • Idleyld Park, OR, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, is seeking TWO (possibly up to eight) Recreation Interns to dedicate 20-weeks to the management of developed recreational sites within the Umpqua National Forest. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in recreation management, ecology, natural resource, conservation, environmental education, or a closely related field, with an interest in advancing their career goals by further developing this dynamic program.

Start Date:              May 1st, 2017

End Date: September 15th, 2017 (or end of 20-week internship) 

*20-week commitment is required, with the possibility of extending depending on need and funding available*


Location: The Umpqua National Forest covers nearly one million acres along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Southwest Oregon.  The Forest encompasses a diverse area of sparkling rivers and lakes, deep canyons, and rugged mountains up to 9,200 feet in elevation. The Umpqua produces a wealth of water resources, timber, wildlife, fish, minerals, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Included within the Forest are the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, three wildernesses, the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area, and the North Umpqua hydropower project.  Also within the Umpqua is the Diamond Lake Recreation Composite, one of the largest developed recreational facilities within the Forest Service.

The Diamond Lake District office is located at Toketee Ranger Station, 2020 Toketee Ranger Station Rd, Idleyld Park, OR 97447. The office is a remote location approximately 62 miles east of Roseburg, OR, the nearest full service community of about 23,000 people.

The North Umpqua District office is located at 18782 North Umpqua Hwy, Glide OR 97443 and is located approximately 18 miles east of Roseburg, OR along Highway 138.

The Tiller District office is located at 27812 Tiller Trail Hwy in Tiller, OR and is located approximately 50 miles SE of Roseburg, OR.

The Cottage Grove District office is located at 78405 Cedar Park Rd in Cottage Grove, OR and is located approximately 53 miles north or Roseburg, OR

Project Partner Website: For more information on the Umpqua National Forest please visit their website at: or
For more information regarding ACE and the EPIC internship program, please visit

Compensation:  $200/week living stipend.  Government housing is provided at an employee bunkhouse where pets are not allowed. 

Project Background and Objectives: Individuals selected for this position will serve as interns for the Umpqua National Forest. Incumbents will perform a variety of technical work in support of the developed recreation program. The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful work experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources or users. Interns will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers on various projects. Participants will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with an emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.



Position Description: Recreation Interns will assist Forest Service personnel with campground operations and maintenance, including fee collection. Some interns may be chosen to work at the Gatehouse entrance station at Diamond Lake Campground. Also, there may be opportunities to help with the trails program as well. Work is reviewed for technical adequacy and soundness, and accomplishment of overall objectives. Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with the maintenance of FS dispersed and developed campgrounds, including brushing, tree and vegetation removal, digging out firepits, vandalism repair, picking up litter, trail maintenance, repairing minor structures such as picnic tables, signs, and kiosks, and visitor use monitoring.
  • Provide excellent customer service by answering public's questions on campground regulations and nearby recreational attractions.
  • Participate in the Field Ranger program, providing environmental education and interpretive programs to the recreating public at the Diamond Lake Amphitheatre for Saturday evening programs.
  • Potential to assist with other projects in programs such as trails, botany, and wildlife.


Work is predominately an outdoor position 90% of the time will be spent in the campgrounds (both developed and dispersed) across the district.  Climate is generally moderate, with temperatures averaging 70 to 90 degrees during the summer months.  Proper personal protective gear, such as heavy duty boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirts are required for days involving field work. Field work will require working in front country, developed sites of the District. Walking, digging holes, painting, posting signs, and other general maintenance requirements may be required.  Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 50 pounds is required. The remaining 10% of the time will be spent in an indoor setting (e.g. training, etc.). Interns are expected to work 40 hrs per week. Hours are flexible (with starting times ranging from 6am-8am). Weekend work is to be expected.



Qualifications:  Applicants should have a background, degree, or be pursuing a degree in recreation management, ecology, natural resources, conservation, environmental education, or closely related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience---courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

This position requires applicants to have the physical ability to work outdoors with a variety of hand tools including shovels, rakes, loppers, power tools, etc. In addition, prior customer service experience is desirable.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record
  • Must pass a federal background check
  • Knowledge and ability to use various automated data processing systems, including Word, Excel, email, and internet resources
  • Highly motivated individual
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively


  • Experience with Field Manager and/or
  • Customer service experience
  • Cash handling experience

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing in our program. 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: 

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist Melissa Early at 801-573-8984 or at

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