American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Friends of Desert Mountains
  • Palm Desert, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience -Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE), in partnership with the Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM) is seeking a Field Coordinator for two projects: Palm Canyon Tamarisk Project and Santa Rosa Mountains Watershed Restoration Project.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the conservation of natural and cultural resources. Applicants should have a strong interest in a career in restoration in regards to natural resource management and leadership. 

Start Date: 9/3/2019

End Date: 11/26/2019

* A 12 week commitment is required*

Compensation: The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $700/week. Housing is NOT provided.

Location: Palm Desert, CA with work throughout Palm Canyon and the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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Position Description: ACE Intern will act as Project Field Lead, assisting USFS, BLM and Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM) on 2 projects: Palm Canyon Tamarisk Project (aka Palm Canyon Watershed Restoration Project), and on Santa Rosa Mountains Watershed Restoration Project (tamarisk and fountain grass treatment and removal).

Certified or Licensed Pesticide Applicator via CA Department of Pesticide Regulation is required.

Activities include but are not limited to: handling and use of herbicide to treat tamarisk, Including cleanup and proper storage/disposal, mechanical removal of fountain grass, and supervision of Urban Conservation Corps (UCC) crews and/or volunteers in the field. Hiking and backpacking in rough terrain in mountainous and desert canyons. Coordinate with USFS, UCC, BLM, FODM staff and volunteers, herbicide contractor(s), mule packers, and others as necessary to ensure work is completed in a timely, organized fashion, in compliance with species protocols, tracked, mapped and recorded properly, and reported to USFS and/or FODM per grant requirements as well as agency, state and local laws and regulations.


  • Obtain training as necessary from qualified personnel (a QAC or QAL) in the safe handling and use of herbicide to treat tamarisk, in the wildland habitats where the projects will take place.
  • Coordinate with USFS, BLM, Mule Packers, UCC, FODM and others as necessary for spikes and day trips for scouting, mapping and/or re-treatment.
  • Herbicide handing/treatment of tamarisk in the field.
  • Cleanup and proper storage/disposal of equipment and herbicide contaminated materials.
  • Mechanical removal of fountain grass in the field.
  • Document field treatment with "before" and "after" photos of representative areas.
  • Document field treatments by GPS tracking and hand notation on topographic maps, and transmit/communicate the raw data as soon as practicable to Jennifer Prado or other designated Project Lead for timely inputting of data while it can still be recalled accurately and reliably.
  • Lead UCC crews in the field on week-long spike camps. Direct and oversee UCC crews, lead safety talks, providing guidance and motivation to crew members as needed.
  • Train crews pre-spike and during spike on issues such as Leave No Trace, backpacking basics, hiking safety, listed species/species of concern including how to identify their habitat and what to do if encountered in the field.
  • Coordinate pre-and post-treatment scouting and monitoring trips, including trail prep for mule passage, re-treatment of areas treated in previous years if required, scouting, mapping and reporting data on areas monitored and/or treated and current status of infestation.
  • Provide input and insights on the progress made, difficulties encountered, and suggestions for how to improve efficiency, productivity, teamwork and morale among field crew members.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a degree and/or a combination of education and experience relating to natural resources and restoration, or other related disciplines.  Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the above position description. We are seeking a self-motivated, responsible person who is eager to learn, and looking for experience working in conservation and natural resource management while working with a diverse group of people.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • Interns must be over the age of 21
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles); Driving is required for this position
  • Certified or Licensed Pesticide Applicator via CA Department of Pesticide Regulation is required
  • Experience using GPS as well as topographic maps
  • Experience with the use of hand tools
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Capable of hiking up to 10 miles and an interest in backpacking
  • Must be comfortable working remote outdoor locations under challenging conditions, primarily extreme temperatures

EOE: 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.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 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 posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Member Coordinator, Erin Mounce, at

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