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ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Forestry Technician, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District

Company: American Conservation Experience
Location: Bishop
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

ACE EPIC SUFS (CA): Forestry Technician, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District

Summary:American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, is seeking one Forestry Technician for 24 weeks. The Forestry Technician will perform work assignments related to executing timber cruises and sample surveys to develop resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in natural resources, environmental education, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship goals of the United States Forest Service.

Start Date: June 7th

End Date: October 23rd

Location: Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, Bishop, CA

The Inyo National Forest is a large, complex forest, encompassing about two million acres in

California and Nevada. It contains several natural features of national and international interest. There are nine wilderness areas and six research natural areas, as well as the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, and Mt. Whitney the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Diverse geologic features, combined with the elevational extremes and attendant wide range of climatic conditions, results in tremendous floristic diversity on the Forest, with vegetation communities ranging from desert scrub, sagebrush scrub, and pinyon woodland, to Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, and alpine habitats. Mammoth Lakes and Bishop are both premier locations for outdoor recreation in California. These opportunities include backpacking, fishing, hunting, hang gliding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking, photography, rock climbing, trail running, off-highway vehicle exploration, and horseback riding.

Project Websites: For more information on ACE, please click here.

For more information about the Inyo National Forest, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk with potential for holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $640/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Provided in Forest Service shared housing at no cost to the member.

Project Objectives:

  • Assists with preparing reports and maps regarding areas cruised.
  • Assists in laying out sales in accordance with EAR and other instructions. Brings to attention of responsible individual situations where specific prescriptions do not fit ground conditions. Independently marks trees using and adapting complex marking rules in areas complicated by variations in type, species composition, defect, site, age, class, etc.
  • Assists higher level technicians with the preparation of timber sale appraisals and contract packages.
  • Prepares timber sale reports, describing resource and topographic features and prepares timber sale maps.
  • Assists with monitoring and inspecting timber sale operations having conventional contract requirements and conditions.
  • Assists with the preparation of written reports of sale inspections and the follow up on deficiencies. Reports all findings and provides documentation to sale administrator.
  • Performs other multifunctional work as assigned such as wildlife, TSI, reforestation and fire control duties.


Applicants for this position should be resourceful individuals with education

and/or field experience working in a recreation management capacity. This position requires the balancing of critical analysis with technical field expertise, along with the ability to work directly with the public in sometimes difficult situations.

Preferred Skills:

  • First Aid/CPR Certification desired; training may be provided.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn the use of a GPS unit


  • Working knowledge of forest practices and techniques, including application of silvicultural prescriptions, aerial photographs, maps, environmental analysis reports, and like guides in order to independently select harvest timber in a variety of stand conditions.
  • Knowledge of timber cruising. Working knowledge of measuring tree diameters and heights, map reading, compass use, tree species identification, obvious defect recognition and determination, traversing, and the use of tools associated with timber cruising. Familiar with various standard cruise methods and sampling techniques.
  • Knowledge of regularly used timber cruise computer programs including data collection, processing and the interpretation of output reports.
  • Basic knowledge of technical specifications on contracts for pre-commercial thinning, tree planting, and cone collection to perform inspection of contracts.
  • Basic knowledge of timber sale contract provisions.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of marking rules and techniques to recognize appropriate situations for their use.
  • Skill in the application of surveying and map-making techniques and the use of related instruments.
  • Knowledge and basic skills in oral and written communications and math, to analyze field data, appraise products, and prepare reports and records.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • 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
  • The member must be willing and able to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE USFS Recruitment Specialist Jack Hall

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.

Keywords: American Conservation Experience, Visalia , ACE EPIC USFS (CA): Forestry Technician, Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, Other , Bishop, California

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