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

ACE EPIC SUFS (CA): Recreation Technician Assistant, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District

Summary:American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking two Recreation Technician Assistants for 24 weeks. The Recreation Technicians will perform work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation management. 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

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 $575/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

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

Project Objectives:

  • Performs minor maintenance of developed and dispersed recreation area facilities, including campgrounds and trailheads (cleans restrooms, cleans campsites, maintains fire-safe areas, paints picnic tables and bulletin boards, repairs signs).
  • Provides excellent customer service by answering questions and assisting visitors.
  • Performs patrols of the campgrounds, trailheads, OHV areas and dispersed sites to ensure they are well maintained and fix or report problems as they occur.
  • Coordinate campground needs with hosts
  • Work on projects with volunteers groups or other cooperators
  • Collects fees and may assist in the management of group reservations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Perform backcountry work, implementing resource projects
  • Join wilderness rangers for overnight trips in the wilderness, gaining knowledge and interacting with public
  • Develop and submit reporting on ways to enhance the recreational experience of our visitors
  • Join other staff for career and educational experiences pertaining to your field of
  • interest


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 situations.

Preferred Skills:

  • First Aid/CPR Certification desired; training may be provided.
  • Have working knowledge of recreation rules and regulations to assist forest visitors, and to detect and report violations
  • Have demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails
  • Experience and/or ability to learn the use of a GPS unit


  • Public outreach and making contacts with visitors is a key component of this role contact is to educate visitors in recreation management and to obtain voluntary 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
  • Members must have a high fitness level and be comfortable in various indoor and outdoor work environments, and at times adverse weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. 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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