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

American Conservation Experience

USFS Wildlife Technician


American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking a Wildlife Technician for 9 weeks. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Wildlife Management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Wyoming's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.

Start Date: July 1, 2019

End Date: 9 weeks from start date.

Location: Bridger-Teton National Forest; Afton, Wyoming

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for your outdoor recreation enjoyment. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the Bridger-Teton National Forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States. Offering nearly 1.2 million acres of designated Wilderness, over 3,000 miles of road and trail and thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and streams.

Project Background and Objectives:

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$583/week living allowance. Typical work week will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week and some overnights.

Housing: Provided by US Forest Service at a daily rate between $5-7/day.

Position Description:

The Wildlife Technician will work beside a Forest Service Wildlife Technician, collecting field data using standardized protocols. Daily duties will include, but are not be limited to, field surveys for northern goshawks, sensitive amphibians (boreal toads and Columbia spotted frogs), and possibly North American pika, as well as habitat surveys for snowshoe hares (horizontal cover-board) and meadow wildlife (Robel pole and cover-board).

Technicians should be proficient in operating a 4-wheel drive vehicle on rugged roads and able to navigate using topo maps, compass and GPS. Applicants should be able to work independently, and overnight camping and extended work days may be necessary for some assignments. The selected individual must be fit enough to hike in rugged terrain over long distances in variable weather while carrying equipment (up to 30 pounds).

Project Environment:

The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.


Applicants must have an interest in wildlife biology, natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A person with a degree in Wildlife Biology or Wildlife Management or that is working toward such a degree is preferable. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the technician announcement. We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with the Forest Service.

Duties may include:

  •   Collect data on goshawk locations in project areas using standardized protocols.
  •   Collect data on signs of amphibian breeding (eggs, tadpoles), locations of adult amphibians, and amphibian habitat
  •   Read horizontal cover boards in forest environments
  •   Read Robel poles, record plant types (grass, forb, shrub, tree) in plots, and make estimates of habitat parameters.
  •   Participate in weekly tailgate safety sessions
  •   Data collection in the field and computer entry of data


  • Members must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Ages 18-30, or up to 35 for US Veterans (in order to drive, 21+ required).
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.
  • ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Members must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • Members should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Familiar with GPS, map and compass use, and reading topo maps.
  • Members must have a high a high fitness level, be able and willing to work outdoors.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.


  • Knowledge of natural resource management
  • Knowledge and experience conducting wildlife and habitat surveys
  • Some botany experience
  • Experience in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
  • Experience in hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional

The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

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:


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Celia Demers


American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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