American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Forest Service
  • Riggins, ID, USA
  • 600 per week
  • Individual Placement

Recreation Technician


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is seeking 1 Recreation Technician. The Recreation Technicians will perform work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation management. This opportunity is intended for candidates with a well-developed working background in conservation, natural resources management, wilderness management, recreation management, or a similar field. The Recreation Technicians should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards natural resource management.

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Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 16 weeks after start date

Location: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Riggins, ID

ABOUT THE FOREST: The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is 2,521,280 acres ranging from 875 to 9,845 feet above sea level. Plant life varies from desert-like countryside of Hells Canyon to the alpine vegetation of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Seven Devils Mountains. Generally, winters are cold and snowy, spring and fall are mild, and summers are hot and dry. There are seven Ranger Districts with additional offices in Clarkston, Washington and Riggins, Idaho. The Forest lands include: Eagle Cap Wilderness, Hells Canyon Wilderness, Monument Rock Wilderness, North Fork John Day Wilderness, and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Position Overview:

  • 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.).
  • Constructs and installs minor recreation features such as picnic tables, fire rings, information kiosks, fee tubes, etc. as part of a 4-person crew.
  • 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.
  • Collects fees and may assist in the management of group reservations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • May require camping in a remote recreation area without on-site cell phone service for a few 4-day hitches.
  • May be required to operate a chainsaw; training provided for members who start early enough in the season.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing will be provided by the USFS in a typical bunkhouse setting. WiFi and cell reception are not available at all housing locations but are available in the nearby towns of Joseph and Enterprise.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • 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.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with hand tools for light carpentry work.
  • Have working knowledge of detailed recreation rules and regulations to assist Forest visitors, and to detect and report violations
  • Have demonstrated skills and knowledge of basic procedures for cleaning and maintaining recreational areas, facilities and/or trails
  • Chainsaw and First Aid/CPR Certification highly desired; training may be provided.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn the use of a GPS unit

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFS Member Manager, Jack Hall 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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