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

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Botany Technician, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District

Summary:American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking one Botany Technician for 24 weeks. The Botany Technician will serve as a technical assistant responsible for the collection, organization, and analysis of data for botanical species and plant habitats in a National Forest. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in natural resources, environmental education, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship goals of the United States Forest Service.

Start Date: May 10th

End Date: October 23rd (or 24 weeks after start date)

Location: Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, Bishop, CA

The Inyo National Forest is a large, complex forest, encompassing about two million acres in

California and Nevada. It contains several natural features of national and international interest. There are nine wilderness areas and six research natural areas, as well as the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and Mt. Whitney the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Diverse geologic features, combined with the elevational extremes and attendant wide range of climatic conditions, results in tremendous floristic diversity on the Forest, with vegetation communities ranging from desert scrub, sagebrush scrub, and pinyon woodland, to Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, and alpine habitats. Mammoth Lakes and Bishop are both premier locations for outdoor recreation in California. These opportunities include backpacking, fishing, hunting, hang gliding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking, photography, rock climbing, trail running, off-highway vehicle exploration, and horseback riding.

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

For more information about the Inyo National Forest, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk with potential for holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $715/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided in Forest Service shared housing at no cost to the member.

Project Objectives:

  • Plans, participates, and conducts a variety of field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats.
  • Coordinates with resource specialist in planning work.
  • Develops plans to collect data for use in habitat and species condition analyses.
  • Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat. Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas.
  • Schedules, organizes, and executes botanical projects involving native and/or non-native species.
  • Resolves common administrative and safety concerns related to the projects.
  • Improves, adapts, and develops techniques, methods, and equipment based on experience, practical knowledge, and prescribed procedures.
  • Determines need and recommends equipment requirements for botanical projects and assures equipment is operational and available when needed.
  • Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations, and monitoring. Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data.
  • Provides detailed reports on work methods, data collected, and project monitoring.
  • Evaluates data and makes recommendations for
improvement of habitat.
  • Provides data to resource specialist after checking for discrepancies and inconsistencies. Assists with analysis, interpretation, and refinement of botanical data, and development of reports.
  • Independently organizes work efforts with other technicians, professionals, and scientists who are involved with relevant projects. Meets with others in order to plan and coordinate work efforts, discuss technical requirements, and present study findings or to discuss technical problems encountered or anticipated during project work.


Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education

and/or field experience working in a biological 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 situations.


  • Knowledge of the basic theories and practices of biological science sufficient to analyze findings and make recommendations for changes.
  • Knowledge of local flora, both native and non-native.
  • Knowledge of the technical processes, procedures, and techniques related to biological science samples, measurements, and analysis, and ability to modify or adapt procedures to improve efficiency of the project.
  • Ability to follow safety and health procedures, write technically accurate papers, and train others.
  • Knowledge of computer software required for data input, retrieval, and routine analysis of data.
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles, other motorized equipment, and to use hand tools and forestry instruments.

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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Jack Hall

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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