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Watershed Technician, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ

ACE EPIC USFS (AZ): Watershed Technician, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit

Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Coconino National Forest is seeking three Watershed Technicians for 23 weeks. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Water Resource Management or a related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Arizona's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 23 weeks after start date

Location: Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ (potential to be stationed out of Flagstaff, AZ)

Some of the finest and most diverse scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.8 million acres covered by the Coconino National Forest. Elevations rise from the iconic desert red rocks at 2,600 feet to 12,633 feet at Humphrey's Peak, the highest in Arizona. Our objective is to maintain that natural beauty.

The Coconino National Forest manages a large array of important water resources. These include natural features, like perennial streams and springs, as well as manmade infrastructure, like water troughs, pipelines, and earthen tanks. The Coconino National Forest would like to increase its awareness of the presence and condition of its water resources. This awareness will aid the Forest Service in land management decisions and the overall understanding of how developed and natural waters are utilized.

Project Websites: For more information regarding Coconino National Forest, please click here.

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC program, please click here.

Living Allowance: The members should anticipate serving 40 hours/wk and will receive a living allowance of $600/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is available in USFS bunkhouse setting or a housing allowance of $1,000/month will be allocated to the ACE member.

Training Provided: Technicians will have the opportunity to be mentored by Forest Service permanent staff in a variety of disciplines related to this role. Members can expect training and mentorship in landscape level planning, field inspection of water resources, Arizona water rights, GIS analysis, data collection and reporting, among other things.

Work Schedule: Work schedules are flexible through the season and may be greater than 40 hours during a seven day work week, not to exceed 80 hours over a two week pay period. Members should generally expect to work 8-10 hour days.

Project Objectives:

  • Assist Coconino National Forest hydrologists in identifying and inventorying water resources and documenting their uses across forest
  • Locate water sources using GIS analysis, aerial imagery, historic maps, archival documents, and field notes and surveys
  • Work with forest staff from a variety of disciplines to discuss how water supports their resource areas and to identify potential additional water uses
  • Coordinate with staff and volunteers to verify the location and condition of water resources on the ground
  • Use data from field surveys to make recommendations for needed updates, maintenance, and restoration
  • Help to update existing or file new Arizona state water rights claims

Qualifications: Applicants should have a degree in the Physical Sciences (e.g., Geology, Hydrology, Earth and Environmental Science)/Natural Resource Management or relevant professional experiences in closely related fields.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience using ArcGIS (desktop or Pro) to perform geospatial analysis
  • Experience using AGOL and related mobile apps to create field survey forms and collect field data
  • Ability to perform quality control/quality assurance on large datasets to ensure data integrity and consistency
  • Data management experience
  • Ability to develop (and write/document) methods for workflows and protocols
  • Desert fieldwork experience (note: fieldwork an optional part of this position, depending on candidate interest)
  • Northern Arizona community member


  • Educational background in the physical sciences (e.g., hydrology, geology, Earth and environmental science) or a related field
  • If interested in the field portion of this work, members must have a high fitness level, be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs (opportunity for individuals of all physical ability levels is available)
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work independently and be a positive, contributing member of a team.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • 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)
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
  • Members must be at least 21 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency/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

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:


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, Jack Hall at


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