ACE: Recreation and Trails Technician, Caribou-Targhee National Forest - AmeriCorps - Teton-Basin @ American Conservation Experience

ACE: Recreation and Trails Technician, Caribou-Targhee National Forest - AmeriCorps - Teton-Basin


ACE EPIC USFS (ID): Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Recreation and Trails Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is seeking one Recreation and Trails Technician.The technicians will serve as an advanced trainee performing work designed to prepare the incumbent for professional work assignments related to the monitoring, assessment, planning and maintenance aspects of recreation and trail management.

Start Date: May-June, flexible start date

End Date: 20 weeks after start date

Location: Teton Basin Ranger District, Driggs, ID

The Teton Basin Ranger District office is located in Driggs, Idaho. The area administered by the District covers approximately 265,000 acres. The District has a variety of landscapes ranging from broad, gentle slopes, steep canyons and mountains, to high elevation glacially scoured ridges and basins perched above U-shaped canyons and troughs. The District includes portions of the Big Hole Mountains, Palisades and Teton Ranges. Most of the 123,451-acre Jedediah Smith Wilderness is on this District. The eastern portion of the wilderness is adjacent to Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forests.

Vegetation type varies from sagebrush-grass to juniper and mountain mahogany to stands of aspen, lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and patches of sub-alpine and limber pine. Several streams and a few high mountain lakes are found in the District. The area is rich in wildlife ranging from deer, elk, moose, bear - both black and grizzly, bighorn sheep, wolverine, small game, and non-game species.

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

For more information about the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, please click here.

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $535/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi- weekly.

AmeriCorps: Members may be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education valued at $1,612.43 - $2,321.9 upon successfully completing the hours and placement requirements. This money can be used for higher education, alternative education or paying off student debt.

Housing: Accommodations will be provided by the USFS at no cost to the member; housing is in a typical Forest Service bunkhouse.

Project Objectives:

  • Perform trail construction and maintenance
  • Construct and assemble ATV bridges
  • Cut and remove trees and dense brush
  • Utilize hand tools such as rakes, shovels, axes, pulaskis, loppers, mcleod, and rock bars
  • Possibility for camping in remote backcountry for extended periods of time
  • Ride horses and OHVs
  • Install picnic tables, utility tables, fire rings, and retaining walls
  • Pour concrete for anchoring campground infrastructure
  • Build trails with gravel and associated materials, restore impact areas and replace signage as needed
  • Prepare construction materials, ensure proper tool maintenance and complete work reports
  • Plan and implement the logistics of projects associated with trail maintenance and reconstruction projects. May performs trail log, condition, and prescription surveys.
  • Explain the regulations concerning trails maintenance specific to the Wilderness Act. Inspects assigned areas to determine compliance with regulations or specifications.
  • Oversees routine maintenance of trails at dispersed recreation sites including cleanup and naturalizing.
  • Other duties to assist the recreation/trails program as assigned

Qualifications: Applicants should have experience with trails and recreation management in the field. This is a highly demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility as well as a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.

Training Provided: The Forest Service will strive to provide the member with opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about natural resource management.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS units.
  • Experience driving 4x4 and/or all-wheel drive vehicles safely in off-road conditions
  • Experience with horses and horseback riding
  • Experience hiking over remote, steep, and rocky terrain in adverse weather conditions (cold/hot temps, light rain, etc.)
  • Ability to navigate in remote areas using GPS, mobile devices as well as map and compass
  • Basic understanding of trail construction and management


  • Personal reliable transportation is required as the duty station is considered remote.
  • Members must 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 in remote settings.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals and the public
  • The applicant must be able to work in the outdoors using and transporting a variety of hand tools including: crosscut saws, shovels, rakes, loppers, 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.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group

  • 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 or ACE vehicles for duties.

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, 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:

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 Coordinator, Amanda McGarry,

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.


Nonprofit- NGO

$535 per week


Teton Basin Ranger District, Driggs, ID




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