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

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 an Aquatics Technician Intern.  This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

Start Date:  June 16, 2019 (flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: September 20, 2019 (14 weeks after start)

Location:  Eldorado National Forest supervisor's office,100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA

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. 

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. 

Government housing may be available.

Position Description: Applicants must have enthusiasm for working outdoors, willingness and capability to work under arduous field conditions, good interpersonal skills. Work can involve long drives to field sites and extensive daily hiking often in steep and uneven terrain.  Qualified applicants will need to endure cold weather, snow, sun, heat, mosquitoes, poison oak, and long-hours (10 hour work days). Positions will be primarily field-based but data entry and GIS skills are desirable.

Candidates will have the opportunity to work with aquatics staffs to conduct field work for a variety of species (California red-legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad, and Western pond turtle). Applicants should have experience using standardized field survey and data entry protocols.

As opportunities arise, 10-20% of the interns' time may be scheduled to assist other program areas, in order to both accomplish high priority project needs and provide cross-training opportunities to the intern.

Duties and Desired Skills for Interns:

  • Ability to work independently at day or night including hiking, driving, following survey protocol
  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (cold/hot temps, light rain, etc.)
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices, and paper maps
  • Flexibility in switching between day and night survey work (maintaining appropriate work/rest ratio)
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and ArcMap
  • Office duties include data entry, summarizing and compiling data
  • Experience with amphibian or fish field work is a plus
  • Must hold a current and valid driver's license


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

Project Environment: Forest Service oversight in the field will be limited, which will at times require interns to take initiative to problem solve and determine priorities on their own/as a crew.

Qualifications: At minimum, qualified applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have direct experience with wildlife biology, either in the field or through coursework.


  • 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
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required at all times (documentation will be requested).
  • 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. 

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and 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 USFS Recruitment Specialist

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