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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Angeles National Forest, is seeking one Recreation Technician. 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 Recreation Technician should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management. The members will assist in checking visitor use of recreation facilities, monitor compliance with recreation area rules and regulations of parking, campfires, sanitation and use of picnic sites, will act as a public representative of the Forest Service and report violations to supervisors and answers routine questions for recreational activities, and also complete basic facility maintenance, trash removal, restroom cleaning, painting and repairing picnic tables and structures, and graffiti removal. Rec Tech will also support other recreation department needs, such as trail work and public services at the visitor center. These positions are dynamic, with changing duties throughout varying seasons.

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: March 2023

Location: Angeles National Forest, Monument Ranger District

The Angeles National Forest covers about 700,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.

The land within the Forest is as diverse in appearance and terrain as it is in the opportunities it provides for enjoyment. Elevations range from 1,200 to 10,064 feet. Much of the Forest is covered with dense chaparral which changes to pine and fir-covered slopes as you reach the majestic peaks of the higher elevations.

The Angeles National Forest offers natural environments, spectacular scenery, developed campgrounds and picnic areas, swimming, fishing, skiing and the solitude of quiet wilderness areas. Trails winding throughout the forest accommodate hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers, and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.

Project Websites: For more information regarding Angeles 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 $740/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Members are responsible for finding their own housing. A housing stipend of $350/wk is available to offset the cost.

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, etc.)
  • Provides excellent customer service by enthusiastically answering questions, greeting and assisting visitors
  • Performs patrols of the campgrounds, trailheads, OHV areas and dispersed sites to ensure it stays presentable and address/and or report discrepancies as they occur
  • Ensures visitors comply with rules and regulations
  • Assists in trail maintenance activities, including but not limited to brushing, tread work and logging out
  • May support fee collection and assist in the management of group reservations
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • May require occasional camping in a remote recreation area without on-site cell phone service

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education and/or field experience working in a Recreation Management capacity; applicants with bachelor and/or masters degrees are highly encouraged to apply. This position can be an excellent platform for growth within the agency, and requires a balance of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult scenarios.

Preferred Skills:

  • Members must have working knowledge of detailed recreation rules and regulations to assist Forest visitors, and to detect and report violations
  • Members must have demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails
  • 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
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.
  • 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
  • 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 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


  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Proficient in English
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • 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 Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.

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:

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 Manager, Amanda McGarry at

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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