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

American Conservation Experience

USFS YCC Crew Lead & Wilderness Ranger


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests based in Norwood, Co, is seeking a YCC Crew Lead & Wilderness Ranger for 12 weeks to assist the Norwood Ranger District in a variety of projects to assist the wilderness and trails program.

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 applicant 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 June (some flexibility)

End Date: 12 weeks from start

Location: Norwood, CO (Norwood Ranger District)

Project Background and Objectives:

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The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three forests combined cover almost 3 million acres of National Forest System land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, an area that lies south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak. The Forests include spectacular features like the 355 foot high Bridal Veil falls; the Grand Mesa with over 300 lakes, one of the world's largest flat top mountains; and the Alpine Tunnel, once the highest railroad tunnel in North America.


$652/ week living allowance.  Typical work week will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. 

Housing: Provided by the USFS.

Position Description:

The participant will provide work direction, instruction, and leadership for the Youth Conservation Corps members in conservation projects, that support the wilderness program in recreation, ecology, data collection, trails, and fire.

The projects will include conservation and environmental related activities such as tree planting, thinning, trail maintenance, brushing, campground cleanup, and conduct education programs addressing Leave No Trace camping, wilderness philosophy and minimal stock impacts. Assist agency law enforcement personnel with violation information through the  collection of documented evidence, for cases of misuse in wilderness areas.

Training Provided:

Training and support will be available to the member, though a strong foundation in leadership should be present. The potential for additional on the job opportunities in professional development may become available.

Project Environment:

The work is performed in a Forest environment. The position requires a capacity for strenuous physical effort such as walking and climbing over steep terrain and thick vegetation. Rain, snow, wind, or dust may be encountered. The work requires the use of safety equipment such as boots, safety glasses, hard hats, and gloves.


Applicants should have a degree in natural resources, related field or documented experiences. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.


  • Members must be US citizen or possess a green card
  • Since this position requires driving, members must be 21+.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.
    • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Members must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • Must be able to assist, communicate, instruct, lead, mentor, and motivate a crew of 5-10 YCC, inexperienced workers (ranging in age from 15-18 years of age) in conservation projects that demonstrates safe and efficient use of appropriate tools, equipment, resolves complaints and refers disciplinary problems to supervisor.
  • Must have trail work experience and proficiency with basic trail construction and maintenance.
  • Must be able to use a variety of hand tools and power tools to complete trail and wilderness monitoring  tasks. Such as; shovels, brush axes, wheelbarrows, drills, etc.
  • Must be able to assist in planning and implementing logistics of wilderness projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects, that involve routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites including site cleanup and naturalizing.
  • Members must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
  • Must have experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • Experience desired in or/ability to learn database management and ArcGIS software experience.
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently or in small group with minimal supervision and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with the Forest Service and other land and resource management agency employees, forest volunteers, and forest users.

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 or 385 226 1260


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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