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

American Conservation Experience

USFS Lead Wildlife Technician


Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, Arizona, in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Tahoe National Forest, is seeking a Lead Wildlife Technician.  This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. 

Start Date: April 29th

End Date: 15 weeks after start date

Location: Tahoe National Forest 

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checker board ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service.

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For more information regarding the Tahoe NF, please visit:

For more information on ACE, please visit:

Compensation: The candidate should anticipate serving 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $858/wk, for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided by the USFS

Position DescriptionThe Tahoe National Forest is looking to fill a Lead Wildlife Technician positions. This position will provide work direction and guidance to less experienced technicians, volunteers, or students in gathering field data. The Lead Wildlife Technician will mainly conduct California spotted owl and northern goshawk surveys alongside a small crew. The candidate will be responsible for completing surveys to protocol and providing accurate and timely documentation.  This position will require close coordination with the project leader but most duties will be performed independently.  The leader will have experience directly or closely related to that of the duties performed in this position.

Field work could occur in the early morning, throughout the day, and/or late at night. The incumbent should be prepared for hiking over steep, arduous terrain in hot weather for long periods of the day.

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
  • Knowledge of the basic theories and practices of biological science sufficient to analyze findings
  • Knowledge of the technical processes, procedures and techniques related to biological science samples, measurements, and analysis.
  • 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 interns opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about the wildlife and related disciplines, but a foundational knowledge of wildlife monitoring and/or management is required for these positions.

Project EnvironmentApplicants must have enthusiasm for working outdoors, a 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 (10hr work days). Positions will be primarily field-based but data entry and GIS skills are desired. Forest Service oversight in the field will be limited, which will at times require the crew leader to take initiative to problem solve and determine priorities on their own/as a crew.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with wildlife, either in the field or through coursework. Individuals with Master's degrees are highly encouraged to apply. 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 ACE or 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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC USFS Division Director George Grygar at

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