American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Forest Service
  • Foresthill, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Tahoe National Forest, Survey Technician - Forestry

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a  nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking one Survey Technician. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.

The member will support the Forestry team, while focusing on cadastral survey work. The work is physically demanding and involves hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (3,000 to 9000 ft.) on a daily basis, commonly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as snow or rain or high wind events.   Candidates will need to bring their own gear for such conditions.  The position will require working in remote locations on National Forest land, and some camping may be required to accomplish project goals. Work schedules, generally 10 hour days, 4 days on and 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. This is principally a field-based position.

Start Date: May 31

End Date: 18 weeks after start date

Location: Foresthill CA, American River Ranger District 

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 checkerboard 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. 

Project Websites: For more information regarding Tahoe National Forest, please click here. For more information on ACE, please click here

Living Allowance: The members should anticipate serving 40 hours/wk and will receive a living allowance of $692/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Housing may be available at a daily rate of approximately $10-20 per day. 

Other Allowances: Boot and clothing allowance available.

Project Objectives

  • Operate instruments and equipment to locate land and property corners and boundary lines.
  • Verify corners and boundaries by inspection, testimony of landowners, and comparison with references, or by survey using original and resurvey recorded data.
  • Mark and Post boundary lines to USFS standards
  • Perform land surveys that require exacting measurements to establish basic horizontal and vertical controls.
  • Establish working base lines and reference elevations for detailed surveys, all within the prescribed degree of accuracy.
  • A variety of surveys, (e.g., location, right-of-way, property) may be performed for a segment or portion of a project.
  • Compile topographic maps, survey plats, and related information for documentation and reporting.

Qualifications: This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation. Applicants with a degree in Geomatics, Land Surveying, Geography, GIS, Forestry or Environmental Science and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with relevant or transferable skills and who have a strong interest in the field of Forestry are also encouraged to apply. 

  • Education or specialized experience:
    • Education: Successful completion of a full course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited institution (a) with major study in an appropriate field of surveying, engineering, construction, or industrial technology, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses in surveying, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science, or mathematics;
    • Specialized experience: Technical work that provided the knowledge and skills needed for work in the type of surveying involved. It must have required the use of the pertinent instruments and techniques of surveying. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to, work as an engineering technician, soil conservation technician, or construction inspector.

Preferred Skills: 

  • Familiarity with the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, desirable;
  • Experience in standard methods for land surveys, including collection of spatial data, mapping, and reporting;
  • Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established protocols for land surveys, including pre-work, documentation and reporting;
  • Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Experience using GIS and/or CAD software to create maps;
  • Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
  • Experience using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver's license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
  • Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of ACE and the goals and objectives of the USFS.


  • Must have experience (education or work experience or a combination of both) in Forestry or a closely related field. 
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. 
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed, work independently and be a positive, contributing leader/member of a group. 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • Proficient in English. 
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request). 
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check. 
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time.
  • Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties. 
  • The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service 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 in 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 ACE USFS Member Coordinator, Amanda McGarry, at or 385-271-4072.

EEO: 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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