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

Aquatics Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest, is seeking 2 Wildlife Technicians - Aquatics member. This opportunity is intended for candidates with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.

Applicants should have an enthusiasm for working outdoors, as the position is primarily field based with long hours (10hr work days). The individual will work with aquatics staff and conduct field work for a variety of species (California red-legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and Western pond turtle). Standardized field survey and data entry protocol experience is desired. As opportunities arise, 10-20% of the technician's time may be scheduled to assist in other program areas, in order to accomplish high priority project needs and provide cross-training opportunities.

Local candidates are encouraged to apply!

Start Date: May 2, 2022 (flexibility for the right candidate)

End Dates: First position ends on Aug 26, 2022, second position ends on Sept 16, 2022

Location: Placerville, CA Eldorado National Forest, Supervisors Office

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 Partner Websites:

For more information on the Eldorado National Forest, please click here.

For more information on 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: USFS housing may be provided at a daily rate based on availability. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

Project Tasks:

  • Complete surveys to protocol and providing accurate and timely documentation
  • Conduct field survey for a variety of species (California red-legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad, and Western pond turtle)
  • GIS and data entry associated with field survey work
  • Navigating steep, uneven terrain to approach remote field sites
  • Support other projects and responsibilities as needed by the Ranger District

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should be holding (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field and have field experience. Experience surveying for amphibians is preferred, but not required. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions, snow, sun, heat, mosquitoes, poison okay and long-hours (typically 10 hour days).

Training Provided: The Forest Service will strive to provide members the opportunity to shadow conservation professionals to learn about biology and related disciplines, but a foundational knowledge of biology and/or management is required for these positions.

Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to work independently at day or night including hiking, driving, following survey protocol
  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • 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, and paper maps
  • Flexibility in switching between day and night survey work (maintaining appropriate work/rest ratio)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, ArcMap and GIS
  • Competency with data entry, summarizing and compiling data


  • 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.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks
  • 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 basic written test and road test to obtain a US Government Motor Vehicle Operators Card
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.

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 Coordinator, Amanda McGarry at 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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