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

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Eldorado National Forest, OHV 

Recreation Technician 

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit 

Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National 

Forest is seeking two OHV Recreation Technicians. 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 OHV Recreation Technicians should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management. 

Start Date: Early May 

End Date: 22 weeks after start date 

Location: Placerville, CA - Eldorado National Forest, Roving between districts 

The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, which includes 193,027 acres of private ownership. 

The Eldorado National Forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3 - 4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1 - 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons. 

The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including both public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70-day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups. 

Project Websites: For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please click here

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please click here

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk, with potential to work holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $693/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing: Accommodations may be provided by the USFS at no cost to the member; housing is in a typical Forest Service bunkhouse. 

Project Objectives: 

  • Assists with the operation and maintenance of the OHV program on the Eldorado National Forest. 
  • Performs minor maintenance of dispersed & developed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, etc.). 
  • Assists in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out. 
  • Monitors OHV use areas to ensure they are operated, used and maintained in accordance with the recreation plan and other appropriate planning documents. 
  • Participates in the planning for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management goals. 
  • Works with volunteers to implement recreation program activities as outlined by the District Recreation Officer. 
  • Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations. 
  • Provides guidance to volunteer staff, interpreting and adapting guidelines to fit specific volunteer roles. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • May be required to operate a chainsaw; training provided for members who start early enough in the season. 

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education and/or field experience working in a Recreation Management capacity. This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios. 

Preferred Skills: 

  • A working knowledge of detailed recreation rules and regulations to assist Forest visitors, and to detect and report violations 
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails 
  • Both S212 Chainsaw and First Aid/CPR Certification preferred, or an ability to obtain each with proper training. 

Required: 

  • Members must have a high fitness level and be comfortable in various indoor and outdoor work environments, and at times adverse weather conditions
  • Must have strong communication skills 
  • Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently 
  • Must be able to work in steep, uneven terrain, performing physical labor, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds or more. 
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Must be able to educate visitors in recreation management and law enforcement objectives and policies, to obtain compliance with laws/regulations, to resolve problems, and to provide assistance to forest visitors. Contacts will include dealing with some persons and/or groups that may be uncooperative, hostile and who have different viewpoints. 
  • 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

The member must be willing and able 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: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/ 

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 amcgarry@usaconservation.org 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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