American Conservation Experience - Member
  • US Forest Service
  • Placerville, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the United States Forest Service Eldorado National Forest, is seeking TWO Forestry Technician (Fire) to dedicate at least 18 weeks with the Forest Service. The primary purpose of the position is act in a supporting team role as a Forestry Technician with the U.S. Forest Service. 

This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, experienced professional with a background in prescribed fire and fuels project work, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals. The right candidate will have a passion for the outdoors, and will be comfortable/passionate about living/working in the outdoors.

State Date: ASAP

End Date: 18 Weeks from Start

Location: Placerville, CA.

The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, which includes 193,027 acres of private ownership.


The Eldorado National Forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3 - 4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1 - 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.


The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including both public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide exceptional fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70 day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups. And if you like to camp "away from it all", but you like to drive there in your car, the Forest has just what you are looking for.


Compensation:  $600/wk. Housing is provided.

Project Website: For more information on the USFS Eldorado NF, please visit their websites at:

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Position Description: 


This is a standard wildland fire management position description. The incumbent serves in a key fire management position in a field fire management organization as a Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician.


Primary responsibilities of the position are preparing prescribed fire plans, fire effects monitoring plans, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire use monitoring plans. The incumbent integrates prescribed fire/fuels management, smoke management, fuels modification principles and procedures, fire effects knowledge, and knowledge of scientific data collection and analysis principles into a comprehensive prescribed fire/fuels management program for a unit(s).


GIS/ArcMap Experience (Basic field experience) Preferred 

Description of Work


The intern will serve on prescribed fire and fuels projects in positions for which they are qualified. Provides routine technical guidance on fire protection and prevention issues.


Duties include:


During the planning of prescribed fire plans, fuels projects, and wildland fire use plans, assists in monitoring fire behavior, evaluating fire effects, identifying potential problems and making basic recommendations by reviewing fuel treatment alternatives and designing a prescribed fire to achieve the objective.


Assists in conducting field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment units, summarizes field findings and makes basic recommendations on appropriate prescriptive criteria for meeting program objectives.


Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned. Ensures own and other's welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignment.


Supports wildland fire suppression activities. Within scope.


Operates a variety of motor vehicles to transport equipment, supplies, crew members, etc. Must possess a valid state driver's license.


Assists in resolving problem situations encountered when performing a wide variety of nonstandard fire planning assignments. Conducts routine project assessments which determine the presence or absence of hazardous wildland fuels. Information on fuel conditions and predictions of fire behavior are collected through a variety of methods, including field surveys, computer modeling, and specific literature searches. Results are reported to the Prescribed Fire/Fuels Specialist and used in the determination and prioritization of prescribed fire and mechanical treatment projects.


Reviews project plans and makes recommendations on appropriate levels of monitoring. Applies the processes, methods, and procedures associated with forestry studies to resolve the full range of irregular or problem situations when performing a wide variety of nonstandard assignments. Provides basic assistance in establishing study plots to assess fire and fire suppression impacts on the ecosystem. Participates in the development and refinement of plot characteristics, frequency of visits, subjects to be measured, and data storage and analysis techniques.

Participates in drafting prescribed fire/fuels management plans following the interagency template. This involves reviewing fuel treatment alternatives and may include preparing segments of a plan to support objectives of the fire management program.


Updates and uses a database to model and analyze fire behavior and fire effects observation data. Ensures data quality. Ensures proper data storage and archival procedures are followed.


Detailed Position Requirements


Knowledge Required by the Position:       


Practical knowledge of and the ability to apply agency and departmental policies, directives, guidelines and practices regarding wildland fire suppression, and prescribed fire and fuels treatment operations.


General knowledge of the effects of fire on natural and cultural resources. Understanding of fire ecology principles as they apply to local fuel and vegetation types, fire research methods and procedures, fire weather, smoke management, fire behavior and the methods used to monitor, describe, analyze and predict fire behavior.


General knowledge and experience in prescribed fire operations, including burning techniques, fuels inventory, preparation of burn plans, prescriptions, firing procedures, holding strategies and site rehabilitation; and the effects of wildland fire management and fire suppression activities and how they affect natural and cultural resources. Prior wildland firefighting experience is a mandatory requirement.


General knowledge and skill in the care, maintenance, and utilization of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire and fuels treatment equipment.


Practical knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures.


Knowledge of fire behavior prediction techniques and technologies.


Oral and written communication skills sufficient to record and transmit findings and observations.


Supervisory Controls:                                               


Supervisor defines objectives and sets priorities and deadlines. Incumbent is relied upon to independently carry assignments through to completion. Work plans for non-routine activities and controversial aspects of assignments are typically discussed with supervisor or the Fire Management Specialist.


The supervisor is usually available for consultation and advice on new practices or significantly modified principles and practices.


Completed work is reviewed for appropriateness and technical soundness. Methods are not typically reviewed in detail.




General guidance can be found in agency and bureau published directives such as: wildland fire/fuels operations manuals, safety regulations, handbooks, and guides.


Specific guidance is also contained in the prescribed fire and fuels treatment plans, job hazard analysis, natural and cultural resource plans, interagency agreements, and memorandums of understanding.


Since every possible situation cannot be anticipated and covered in training, the employee must use judgment in applying knowledge, especially in situations where the supervisor is not available for consultation.




The incumbent's position has key responsibility for providing fire management technical assistance in planning the full range of wildland fire use, prescribed fire, and fuels activities.


This involves considering and evaluating factors such as fuel loading, ecosystem dynamics, fire history, fire situation and fire danger, resource availability, weather, smoke management issues, public safety, resources threatened, safety hazards, costs, and monitoring problems.


The incumbent must identify, evaluate, and consider the interrelationships of the fire and physical environment in order to select the most appropriate methods from among alternatives.


Scope and Effect:                                                                  


The purpose of the incumbent's work is to perform complex fire management support work and to assist in the development of wildland fire use, prescribed fire, and fuels treatment plans; to assist others in the implementation of these plans; and to collect information for scientifically based management of prescribed fire operations.


The work directly affects the design and execution of projects, the accuracy and acceptability of findings and recommendations, and provides an essential basis for management conclusions and plans.


Personal Contacts:                                                              

Primary contacts are with wildland fire use, prescribed fire, and fuels treatment project personnel, and others in non-fire functions. Contacts are also frequently made with personnel from other local, state, federal, and tribal agencies. Other significant contacts include contractors, news media, local community leaders, cooperators, and the general public.


Purpose of Contacts:


The primary purpose of contacts is to provide information, plan and conduct wildland fire use, prescribed fire, and fuels treatment projects. Contacts are also made to coordinate activities, ensure compliance with established safe practices, solve operational problems, resolve conflicts, and conduct training.


Physical Demands:         


The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion related to conservation work requiring walking on rough terrain, climbing steep banks, and jumping ditches and furrows. The duration of the activity contributes to the arduous nature of the job.


Work Environment:


The work is performed in a forest environment where the terrain may be steep, uneven, rocky, and covered with thick and tangled vegetation. Temperatures may range from very hot and dry to cool and extremely wet. Rain, snow, wind, or dust may be encountered. May be exposed to irritant chemicals. Work requires the use of safety equipment such as boots, gloves, goggles, and hardhats.



Education Requirement: The ideal candidate will have/is pursuing a degree in natural resource management. Field experience will be considered a suitable substitute for education.  

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.


  • Prior wildland firefighting experience is a mandatory requirement.
  • Availability to work forty hours per week.  
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with the public.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able handle regular and recurring physical exertion related to conservation work, requiring walking on rough terrain, climbing steep banks, and jumping ditches and furrows.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Clean and valid driver's license.
  • Candidates must be 18-35 years old.
  • Internship is available to US Citizens only.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. **Postings subject to change/close at any time**

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 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.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Recruitment Specialist: Melissa Early at

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