American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Forest Service
  • Dubois, ID, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

ACE EPIC USFS (ID): Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Noxious Weed Treatment Crew Member

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, is seeking two Noxious Weed Treatment Crew Members.

This position is located on the Dubois Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest near Dubois, ID. The incumbent performs a variety of recurring routine tasks in range management, as an individual worker or as a member of a small crew primarily treating noxious weeds.

The members will serve as advanced trainees performing work designed to prepare the incumbent for professional work assignments related to the treatment, monitoring, assessment and maintenance aspects of noxious weed treatment. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.

Start Date: May 9, 2021

End Date: July 10, 2021

Location: Dubois Ranger District, Dubois, ID

The Dubois Ranger District on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest offers over 460,000 acres of opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Diamond Peak, the third highest point in Idaho, towers above the landscape at 12,197 feet.

Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here.

For more information about the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, 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 $530/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing may be provided by the USFS. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

Project Objectives:

  • Participates independently or with crew members and supervisor in noxious plant control, seeding, or similar projects by flagging boundaries, operating equipment, and carrying out kill studies.
  • Identifies plant specimens in the field and collects and prepares specimens.
  • Identifies plants and noxious weeds and determines how they grow.
  • Applies the proper chemicals to control noxious weeds.
  • Serves as a crew member or leader on range improvement construction and

revegetation projects that include construction of fences, cattle guards, water developments, repairing fences, prescribed burning, seeding, and fertilizing.

  • Assists in range analysis duties by driving stakes, stretching tapes and recording plants identified by higher grade employees.
  • Learns to identify noxious weeds, and common range plants and soil types common to local area; receives assignments which provide basic understanding in the use of aerial photos.
  • Inspects conditions of boundary and drift fences and water developments.
  • Checks progress of fence construction by permittees, and salt and feed locations.
  • Counts livestock on range allotments.
  • Document and report unpermitted livestock on Forest Service Lands.
  • Document and report permit violations to superiors.

Qualifications: Applicants should have experience with invasive species management, either in the field or through coursework. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility as well as a tolerance for adverse weather conditions.

Training Provided: The Forest Service will strive to provide the member with opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about botanical disciplines.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • Experience pulling trailers on Forest roads
  • Equipment maintenance experience to maintain sprayers and OHVs
  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (cold/hot temps, light rain, etc.)
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices as well as map and compass
  • Basic understanding of noxious weed management practices


  • Must be at least 18 and hold a Valid Driver's License
  • Must be able to obtain an Idaho pesticide applicators license
  • Personal reliable transportation is required as the duty station is considered remote.
  • Members must a high fitness level and an interest in vegetation treatments
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision in remote settings.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals and the public
  • Must be able to safely work safely and independently with limited supervision; often spotted or to no cell service in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of basic commonly used rules, and procedures of range work.
  • Knowledge of basic range management practices and procedures to perform assignments.
  • Skill in operating hand and power tools to perform range improvement construction and projects.
  • Ability to safely operate UTV/ATV's in the safely on various types of terrain.
  • Ability to operate a 4x4 pickup trucks in mountainous terrain and be able safely tow trailers.
  • Knowledge of the basic or commonly used rules, procedures, or operations to perform a few repetitive tasks while learning how to perform the full range of such tasks as are found in the work area.
  • The applicant must be able to work in the outdoors using and transporting a variety of spraying equipment and hand tools.
  • The member must be willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • 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


  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • 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:


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 Manager, Amanda McGarry at or 385-271-4072


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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