U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest

American Conservation Experience

USFS Wilderness and Trails Technicians


American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ,

in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, is seeking four

Wilderness and Trails Technicians to dedicate 12-16 weeks to the monitoring of

wilderness characteristics within designated Wilderness areas and performing of trail work

on National Forest System Trails on the Umpqua National Forest.

The objective of this opportunity is to provide meaningful work experiences for enthusiastic

young professionals while also providing a benefit to public land resources or users. The

participants will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with

land managers on various projects. This position requires applicants to have a background

in recreation management, ecology, natural resources, conservation, environmental

education, or closely related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of

education, experience and equivalent courses.

Start Date: May 28, 2019 (some flexible within a week).

End Date: Late August to mid September


The participants under the supervision of a Forest Service Trails employee will work mainly

on trails, on the Diamond Lake, North Umpqua, and Tiller Ranger Districts.

The Diamond Lake District office is located at 2020 Toketee Ranger Station Rd, Idleyld Park,

OR 97447. The physical location of the office is at Toketee Lake, Oregon. The housing is

located in a remote community with no services located approximately, 62 miles east of

Roseburg, OR. The Tiller District office is located at 27812 Tiller Trail Hwy in Tiller, OR and is

located approximately 50 miles SE of Roseburg, OR.

The Tiller Ranger District, on the Umpqua National Forest is on the west side of the Cascade

Mountains in SW Oregon. The forest is characterized by deeply incised canyons, moderate

mountain elevations (less than 7,000 foot elevation), and includes the Rogue -Umpqua

Divide Wilderness. The summers are generally hot and dry, although cool, rainy weather is

possible at any time of year. The duty station is located in Tiller Oregon and is

approximately 26 miles from the nearest services and 50 miles from the nearest sizeable

city, (Roseburg, OR and Medford, OR).

The Umpqua National Forest covers nearly one million acres along the western slopes of the

Cascade Mountains in Southwest Oregon. The Forest encompasses a diverse area of

sparkling rivers and lakes, deep canyons, and rugged mountains up to 9,200 feet in

elevation. The Umpqua produces a wealth of water resources, timber, wildlife, fish,

minerals, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Included within the Forest are the North

Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Boulder

Creek Wilderness, Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, the Oregon

Cascades Recreation Area, and the North Umpqua hydropower project. Also within the

Umpqua is the Diamond Lake Recreation Composite, one of the largest developed

recreational facilities within the Forest Service offering 3 large campgrounds with

approximately 400 campsites.

Project Background and Objectives:

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$200/wk living stipend. The typical work week will consist of 8-10 hours/day, 4-5

days/week. The participant should expect to work weekends. The ability to earn $1,566.14

through an AmeriCorps Education Award after successfully completing the entire term of

service and its requirements.

Housing: Provided by the Forest Service, bunkhouse accommodations (no pets allowed).

Position Description:

The Wilderness and Trails Technicians will assist the Forest Service personnel with

monitoring of designated Wilderness areas, with a focus on inventorying user-created trails

and recreation sites and maintaining existing FS-system trails. Participants, will help with

educating the public about Wilderness awareness and regulation compliance, campsite

impacts and Leave No Trace (LNT) principles. The work completed is reviewed for technical

adequacy and soundness and accomplishment of overall objectives.

Project Environment:

The work is predominantly an outdoor position, 90% of the time in the field, 10% of time in

an indoor setting (e.g. training, etc.). The climate is generally moderate, with temperatures

averaging 75 to 95 degrees during the summer months. Proper personal protective gear,

such as heavy duty boots, long pants and long sleeved shirts are required for days involving

field work. Field work will require working in both frontcountry and backcountry settings

(remote camping up to 5 days in a row). Walking, digging holes, posting signs, and other

general maintenance requirements may be required. The participant will be active in the

field that requires extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 50 pounds to

complete field work and ability to hike with a pack and tools for 10-15 miles per day.

• Please be aware that environmental conditions can be trying at times. Mosquitoes

can be very thick in the early season and temperatures can average in the upper 80-

90 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of summer. Many of the trails maintained are

located in steep terrain with varying elevation gain.


Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

● Use GPS/GIS to complete inventories for recreation sites and user-created trails

within Wilderness.

● Maintain FS system trails to standard using tools such as crosscut saws, hand saws,

shovels, Pulaski, Mcleods, grip hoists, rock bars and other tools related to trails


● Provide excellent customer service by answering public’s questions on Wilderness

regulations, LNT ethics, and nearby recreational attractions.

● Participate in the Field Ranger program, providing environmental education and

interpretive programs to the recreating public at the Diamond Lake Amphitheatre for

Saturday Evening programs.

● Potential to assist with other projects in programs such as botany and wildlife.


● Members must be US citizen or possess a green card

● Must be 21 – 30 years of age (up to 35 for veterans).

● Since this position requires driving, members must be 21+.

● Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

● Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.

● Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will

conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Members must be cleared

by ACE to drive.

● Personal reliable transportation is required as the duty station is considered


● Members must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with

potential for backcountry work trips.

● Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.

● Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings (teams of 3).

● Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.

● Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.

● Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in

collaborative efforts.

● Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

● The applicant must be able to work in the outdoors using and transporting a

variety of hand tools including; crosscut saws, shovels, rakes, loppers, power

tools, etc. In addition, prior backpacking and trails work experience is desirable.

The member must be willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive and

enthusiastic manner.

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references using the APPLY

NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our

website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/


Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions

regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC USFS Recruitment Specialist

Celia Demers cdemers@usaconservation.org.