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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Eldorado National Forest, is seeking Three Recreation Technician Interns. The intern will serve as an advanced trainee performing work designed to prepare the incumbent for professional work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation management.

This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The Recreation Technician Intern should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management, policy, natural resources management, and/or wilderness.

Start Date: Early May

End Date:   26-weeks from start date

Location: Eldorado National Forest Georgetown and Placerville Ranger Districts

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.

Project Partner Websites:  For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please Visit: For more information on ACE, please visit:

Compensation:  $560/week Living Allowance. Housing provided by the USFS.

Position Description:  The US Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest, has need for the following critical work activities to be completed by qualified on-site intern personnel. Work on this project requires a recreation management background and expertise and experience with various skills unique to a fieldwork setting.

Specific Tasks Include:

  • Performs minor maintenance of developed and dispersed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, etc.).
  • Provides excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors.
  • Performs patrols of the campgrounds, trailheads, OHV areas and dispersed sites to ensure it stays presentable and address/and or report discrepancies as they occur.
  • Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations.
  • Assists in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out.
  • Collects fees and may assist in the management of group reservations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • May require camping for up to two nights per week in a remote recreation area without on-site cell phone service.
  • May be required to operate a chainsaw.

 Qualifications:  Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education and/or field experience working in a Recreation Management capacity. This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record (documentation to be provided upon request). Must be willing to submit to a driving record check.
  • Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle.
  • A personal vehicle is highly suggested for off-days during the internship.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • The selected candidate is required to pass a federal criminal background check prior to beginning employment.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Must be comfortable in various indoor and outdoor work environments, and in sometimes adverse weather conditions.
  • Work requires walking and climbing in steep, uneven terrain, performing physical labor, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more.
  • Public contacts are to educate visitors in recreation management and law enforcement objectives and policies, to obtain compliance with laws/regulations, to resolve problems, and to provide assistance to forest visitors. Contacts will include dealing with some persons and/or groups that may be uncooperative, hostile and who have different viewpoints.


The Intern must be willing 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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