American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Forest Service
  • OR, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the United States Forest Service Umpqua National Forest, is seeking TWO Aquatic Invasive Species Technicians to dedicate 18 weeks with the Forest Service. The primary focus of these positions is to address aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention, removal and to monitor lake water quality on recreational waterbodies within the North Umpqua basin.

State Date: May 2018 (potentially flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: September, 2018 (18weeks)

Location: Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake and North Umpqua Ranger Districts

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 Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area. Crater Lake National Park is also located approximately 7 miles from the duty station at Diamond Lake.


Compensation:  $200/wk. Living Allowance. Housing is provided by the USFS. Members will also be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award valued at $2,215.24 upon successful completion of this internship.

 Government housing is provided at the duty station on Diamond Lake (4309'49.8"N 12209'06.5"W), located approximately 79 miles east of Roseburg. Because of the remote location with no amenities, personal transportation is essential.

Project Website:
 For more information on the USFS Umpqua NF, please visit their websites at: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Description of Work:
The focus of this project is to address aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention as it pertains to the recreational use of waterbodies on federal lands within the North Umpqua basin. Education and watercraft inspection at high use boat launches and campgrounds will allow us to reach the largest number of people with the AIS prevention message and has the potential to stop AIS from spreading throughout the basin. Prevention is critically important because, as we have seen, restoration of infested waterbodies is extremely costly and seldom successful. Aside from ecological implications of allowing an invasive species to colonize a lake or river, there are costs to the economic, social and recreational values of the waterbodies and it's often user satisfaction and communities that suffer.

Additionally, another critical element of the position is monitoring lake water quality for the development of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABS). Frequent monitoring allows us to quickly respond to conditions that may otherwise harm the pubic. 

 These positions will help prevent aquatic invasive species from invading the Umpqua basin and will communicate regularly with Forest Service recreation personnel to ensure the public are safely enjoying the lakes while visiting the Umpqua National Forest!


Interns will accomplish the following projects during their 18-week internship:  

  • Be trained to ODFW/Oregon Marine Board AIS Watercraft Inspection and decontamination standards.
  • Conduct inspections at high use boat access points on Diamond and Lemolo Lakes and the North Umpqua River.
  • Decontaminate infested watercraft using a high pressure/hot water portable washer.
  • Educate the public, but specifically boaters, on the issue of aquatic invasive species.
  • Develop and present at least one Field Ranger presentation for the Diamond Lake campground or another interested group.
  • Collect water quality data to monitor for Harmful Algae Blooms (HABS) and report to Zone Hydrologist on a weekly basis.
  • Operate a boat and Forest Service motor vehicle.
  • Assist with Hydrology/Fisheries with other partnership projects as needed.

: A Bachelor's or Master's degree in an environmental science or natural resources field (or pursuing a degree), coupled with a passion for aquatic monitoring and public outreach and education.


  • Availability to work forty hours per week, with early mornings often being required.
  • Work schedule will include weekends and holidays. 
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with the public.
  • Ability to work alone with minimal supervision.
  • 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 or operate a boat.
  • 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.
  • A U.S. Forest Service uniform will be provided and must be worn according to regulation.

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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