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 Wildlife Biological InternsThis opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

Start Date:  Early/Mid May (June 4th latest)

End Date:  12-25 week terms of service

Location: Placerville Ranger District, 4260 Eight Mile Road, Camino, CA or Georgetown Ranger District, 7600 Wentworth Springs Rd, Georgetown CA

Camino is located along Highway 50 and is within 15 minutes of larger communities offering typical amenities, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities. There are numerous opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking within the Eldorado National Forest. Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness are only an hour away and offer numerous opportunities for recreation. 

Georgetown is located approximately 30 minutes from Auburn and Placerville, which are larger communities offering typical amenities, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities. Both Camino and Georgetown are less than an hour drive from Sacramento.

Project Partner Websites: 

For more information regarding Eldorado NF, please visit:

For more information on ACE, please visit:

Compensation: The Interns should anticipate serving 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $693/week for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing may be available at no additional cost to the intern.

Position Description: The Eldorado National Forest is looking to fill a total of two Wildlife Biological positions. Field work could occur in the early morning, throughout the day, and/or into the night. The incumbent should be prepared for hiking over steep, arduous terrain in hot weather for long periods of the day. Additionally, owl surveys occur at night when temperatures can be cold. Additional opportunities may include bald eagle nest monitoring, amphibian surveys, deer counts, deploying acoustic bat detectors, and more.

Specific Tasks Include:

  • Independently, or as part of a team, participates in procedural wildlife-related assignments where methods and techniques are well established.
  • Identifies and measures species and conditions.
  • Delineates wildlife habitat types on topographic maps.
  • Identifies habitat condition.
  • Maintains records of investigations and trail data as requested by team leader or supervisor.
  • Under supervision, prepares data summaries in proper format.
  • Summarizes data obtained from field collections using prescribed statistical procedures.
  • Assists in the attainment of field data by calculating and recording relevant biological information irregular to the specific assignment.
  • Formulates and orders data as directed and prepares data for computer use.
  • Assists in the collection, handling, and preservation of specimens.
  • Will Assist the Georgetown and Pacific Ranger District Wildlife staff as needed.

Training Provided: The Forest Service will strive to provide the interns opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about the wildlife biology and related disciplines, but a foundational knowledge of wildlife monitoring and/or management is required for these positions.

Project Environment: This will primarily be an outdoors experience (90% outdoor/10% indoor) and mostly be conducted in a team or small group setting (75% group/25% independent). During this position one can expect to face extreme weather, long days, be physically challenged, and face the mental challenge of repetitive, sometime monotonous duties that are crucial for success in conservation efforts.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree a natural resource field, and have experience with wildlife biology, either in the field or through coursework. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participate in the field, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle.
  • Ability and willingness to perform survey work during the night and day
  • Ability to use GPS equipment and read/navigate with topographic maps.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required at all times (documentation will be requested).
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Must be physically fit and able to hike off trail in the backcountry.
  • English proficiency required.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

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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