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

ACE EPIC USFS CA: Tahoe National Forest, Wildlife Crew Leader

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking 1 Wildlife Crew Leader. This opportunity is intended for an experienced, enthusiastic professional, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.

A Wildlife Crew Leader will be expected to train and provide guidance to a crew of 3, which will mainly be conducting California spotted owl and northern goshawk surveys. This position will require proficiency in field techniques such as using a map and compass, following a standardized protocol, 4 x 4 driving, and hiking in steep, rugged terrain. This candidate will perform extensive field work, manage the crew's schedule, organize field data, and ensure the crew is performing work with safety as the highest priority. Field work will include a considerable amount of hiking and variable schedules including day and night work. This position requires close coordination with the Forest Service wildlife biologist, but most duties will be performed independently and in pairs, in the backcountry, which at times will require the leader to take initiative and problem solve to determine priorities of their crew.

Start Date: March 15th, 2022

End Date: 36 weeks after start date

*A minimum 36-week commitment*

Location: American River Ranger District - Foresthill, CA

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land. A number of ecosystems occur in the Sierra as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service.

Foresthill is a small town of about 1,200 people with a few amenities including a small grocery store and a few restaurants. Auburn is about 20 minutes away, and contains a great deal more, including chain stores and movie theatres. It is about 1 hour from Sacramento and less than 3 hours from San Francisco. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation, including excellent hiking, white-water rafting, swimming, bicycling, backpacking, fishing, and boating.

Project Websites: For more information on ACE: For more information about the Tahoe National Forest:

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $912/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing may be available at a daily rate of approximately $10-20 per day.

Training Provided:

  • Protocol and Survey training/refresher
  • Defensive Driving
  • Red Card Refresher (if candidate holds current Red Card)
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Data Entry - NRIS Wildlife Database
  • Additional training may include the following based on project needs/availability/ candidate skill level: chainsaw, fence-building, and cross-training with other departments.

Project Objectives:

  • Complete surveys to protocol and provide accurate and timely documentation.
  • Closely coordinate with the wildlife biologist, but perform most duties independently.
  • Perform all tasks with safety as the highest priority.

Qualifications: Applicants will hold a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with wildlife surveys in the field. Leadership experience is desirable but candidates with extensive field/data management experience will be considered. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and a tolerance for extreme weather and terrain.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions
  • Experience surveying for spotted owls, northern goshawks, or with other raptors or avian species
  • Data management and data entry
  • Familiarity with Avenza and ArcMap


  • Ability to manage, organize, and provide for quality control of data collected by the crew.
  • Ability to complete work with safety as a priority.
  • Ability to hike steep terrain in challenging field conditions (biting insects, poison oak, thick vegetation, snow). Ability to work in adverse conditions (rain, snow, heat etc.)
  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely on rough road conditions
  • Experience conducting field work and biological surveys with established protocols.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and provide guidance to the crew.
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices, and maps.
  • Flexibility in switching between day and night survey work (maintaining appropriate work/rest ratio)
  • Proficiency in required field skills and ability to train others.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet project goals, as well as independently to complete survey tasks.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • 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).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.
  • 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 to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume with 3 professional references and cover letter using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


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


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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