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

ACE EPIC USFS CA: Tahoe National Forest, Wildlife Technician

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

Wildlife Technicians will perform extensive field work. Field work will mainly consist of conducting surveys for the California spotted owl and northern goshawk using standardized protocols. The field work schedule will vary and will include early morning, daytime, and night surveys. Wildlife Technicians should be prepared for working at night and for hiking over steep, arduous terrain in hot weather for long periods of the day. Individuals will likely also have the opportunity to work with wildlife and aquatics staff to conduct surveys for other species as opportunities arise. Applicants should have experience using standardized field surveys and data entry protocols. Technicians may also assist other program areas in order to support high-priority project needs and to acquire cross-training skills and appreciation of the complexity of land management in the Forest Service.

Start Date: April 5th, 2022

End Date: 28 weeks after start date

* A minimum 28-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 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. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking, and white-water rafting.

Project Websites:

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For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $737/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: The Forest Service will train members on survey and field protocol, providing a foundational knowledge of wildlife monitoring techniques and/or management.

Project Objectives:

  • Work safely in the field, and responsibly maintain equipment and vehicles.
  • Complete surveys to protocol and provide accurate and timely documentation. This position will require close coordination with the Forest Service wildlife biologist, but most duties will be performed independently, which at times will require the member to take initiative and problem solve
  • Support other projects and responsibilities as needed

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.


Applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with wildlife in the field. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, and a tolerance for adverse weather and demanding conditions.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience identifying raptors or other avian species is desirable
  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions
  • Proficiency in data entry, summarizing and compiling data
  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely on rough roads
  • Ability to hike steep terrain in challenging field conditions (biting insects, poison oak, thick vegetation).
  • Experience and/or training in ArcMap and Avenza
  • 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 and work as a team, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • Ability to work day or night including hiking, driving, and following survey protocols
  • 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)
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft products
  • 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 a cover letter 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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