American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Forest Service
  • 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 THREE Informational Services Assistant Interns to dedicate 6 months with the Forest Service. The primary purpose of the position is providing front desk assistance and to disseminate information and interpretative assistance to the public through various means. 

State Date: Mid-April or May, 2018 (potentially flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: December; 37 weeks after start.

Location: Georgetown Ranger District (One Intern), Amador Ranger District (One Intern), & Placerville Ranger District (One Intern)

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.

Compensation:  $500/wk. Housing is not 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:

Description of Work: The intern will work to ensure that the information desk at a reception area or visitor center is covered at all times. Duties include: answering phones, greeting visitors, and responding to inquiries regarding Forest Service activities and programs. The Admin Assistant valuates inquiries in order to provide the most useful and appropriate information or to suggest other options, such as alternate routes or activities. They will provide guidance to the public on rules and regulations regarding on-unit activities, and attempts to gain public cooperation in protecting resources from damage and pollution. They will assist visitors and callers with informational searches. This position serves as a Collection Officer to sell items, such as maps and passes, in accordance with manual and handbook requirements. It is held responsible for submitting and accounting for collected monies using approved computer programs and records.


 Additional Tasks Include:

  • Performs regular daily activities for the reception area or visitor center, including but not limited to, daily opening and closing of the facility, raising and lowering the flag, and maintaining the front desk.
  • Provides visitors with effective instructions on security and safety procedures and informs the supervisor of visitor needs.
  • Operates a variety of audio/visual equipment.
  • Maintains a lost and found for visitors and staff.
  • Coordinates Interpretive Association book sales, including ordering, stocking, sales, quarterly inventory and reporting.
  • Coordinates with staff specialists and public affairs office to provide the latest, most accurate and appropriate information to the public.
  • Creates and posts informational handouts and flyers concerning safety, events and other items of importance.
  • Works with the public affairs unit to ensure that current and accurate information is available on the external Forest Service website.
  • Updates information such as road and recreation closures.
  • Responds to and directs web and email inquiries to the appropriate personnel.
  • Assists in clerical duties, such as mail and package delivery, personnel updates to phone lists and sign-out board.
  • Supports the office by performing such duties as monitoring of field going personnel for safety purposes, assistance with scheduling the conference room, and other projects and duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications: This position requires applicants to have at least a High School Diploma/equivalent, but a Bachelor's or Master's degree is preferred.

Please note: resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.


  • Availability to work forty hours per week.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • General computer skills; including use of email, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • General clerical skills (greeting public, answering phones, computer use, filing, etc.).
  • Cash handling experience.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required
  • Internship is available to US Citizens only.
  • English proficiency required, but bi-lingual applicants are preferred.

The ACE Intern must be willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

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.  This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at

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