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

ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Eldorado National Forest, Wildlife Technician

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

The Wildlife Technicians will support the wildlife program by conducting California spotted owl, and northern goshawk surveys, with potential work with amphibian surveys. Field work will vary from nighttime, early morning, and daytime depending on surveys. March through June will primarily focus on night work for owl surveys. Starting in May there will be some alternating between night and day work (weekly) to start goshawk surveys. Additional surveys may include bat acoustic monitoring, black-backed woodpecker, and bald eagles. The member must be prepared to hike (10+ miles) steep, arduous terrain in adverse weather conditions for long periods of each day. The member will be responsible for completing surveys to protocol and providing accurate and timely documentation. This position will require close coordination with the project leader, but most duties will be performed independently, which at times will require the member to take initiative and problem solve to determine priorities.

Local candidates are encouraged to apply!

Start Date: March 14, 2022

End Date: September 2, 2022

Location: Georgetown, CA - Eldorado National Forest, Georgetown Ranger District

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 regarding Eldorado 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 $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.

Qualifications: Applicants for this position should hold a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with wildlife, either in the field or through coursework. This is a highly demanding outdoor position that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.

Training Provided:

  • Avenza and Collector/Survey123 field data collection systems
  • Additional training may include cross-training with other departments.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • Strong experience hiking long distances over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (off-trail) on a daily basis
  • Competency with data entry, summarizing and compiling data
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices, and paper maps/compass
  • Knowledge of the basic theories and practices of biological science sufficient to analyze findings
  • Knowledge of the technical processes, procedures and techniques related to biological science samples, measurements, and analysis
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft products
  • Experience conducting field work and biological surveys with established protocols
  • Ability to work independently, and in small groups with minimal supervision, at day or night including hiking, driving, following survey protocol
  • Experience with raptor and/or amphibian field work is a plus


  • Flexibility in switching between day and night survey work (maintaining appropriate work/rest ratio); example shifts include: 7 am - 5:30 pm, 4 pm - 2:30 am, or 1 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Strong experience hiking long distances (10+ miles) over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (off-trail) daily
  • Experience and/or training in navigation with map/compass, GPS, mobile device
  • 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)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • 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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