ACE: Range Technician, Coronado National Forest @ American Conservation Experience

ACE: Range Technician, Coronado National Forest


ACE EPIC USFS (AZ): Coronado National Forest, Range Technician

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Coronado National Forest is seeking one Range Technicians for 10 weeks. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Rangeland Management or a related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals through purposeful fieldwork and research.

The Range Technician will work under the supervision and guidance of professional range and natural resource specialists performing a variety of duties related to rangeland management including allotment inspections, monitoring and implementation of on the ground noxious weeds and invasive plant control. Less frequently, the participant may conduct monitoring of sensitive plant species populations. This position will primarily be conducting duties related to noxious weed and invasive plant control and monitoring.

Start Date: Early July, flexible for the right candidate

End Date: 10 weeks after start date

Location: Hereford, AZ - Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District

Recreation activities on the Coronado National Forest are nearly as diverse as the people who come to visit. The most popular ones are hiking, camping, birding, horseback riding, picnicking, sightseeing, and visiting historic areas. Fishing and boating are available but limited in this arid land, while opportunities for the fast-growing sport of mountain biking are growing. Winter sports are possible in the higher elevations; Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley in the Santa Catalina Mountains is the most southern ski area in the United States.

Project Websites: For more information on the Coronado 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 $680/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Member is responsible for finding their own housing in the surrounding area.

Training Provided: Potential training available to help members acquire the needed background information to obtain their Qualified Applicator License (QAL). This training could be paid for by the US Forest Service. Obtaining a QAL will not be required for this position. Member may be trained in ArcCollector and basic plant identification for field-based work. Defensive Driver training will be provided.

Project Objectives :

  • Operate, maintain, and inventory weed management equipment.
  • Mix, maintain, and calibrate herbicides and pesticides for use in rangeland


  • Inventory, monitor, and map existing weed populations utilizing agency data collection applications, commercial global positioning systems and topographic maps.
  • Conduct rangeland rehabilitation and restoration projects.
  • Work with permittees, partners and cooperators within the geographic area to ensure weed management efforts are successful.
  • Checks range allotments to assess appropriate time to graze, compliance with management plans and operating instructions, number of livestock, herding procedures, salting, range improvement, and maintenance.
  • Inspects allotments before and after grazing for trespass stock and if found, gathers necessary brands, numbers, dates, and locations. Reports non-compliance or other management needs to the supervisor.
  • Estimates the utilization of available forage by all grazing animals and determines as closely as possible the percent of use by each class of animal.
  • Using accepted indicator plants determines range readiness and advises supervisor.
  • Surveys known plant populations to determine trends.
  • Conducts surveys of project location to determine presence/absence of plant species.
  • May operate 4x4 vehicles and ATVs.
  • May perform duties using livestock.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a degree in Range/Resource Management or relevant professional experiences in closely related fields. Candidates with Masters Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.

Preferred Skills:

  • QAL license preferred, but not required.
  • Direct experience in range monitoring and/or invasive weeds mitigation.
  • Members should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early
  • morning hours, night, or during the day.
  • Members should be capable of working in remote locations for backcountry work trips over an extended period of time, primitive camping


  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
  • Members must have a high a high fitness level, be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • 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 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 Recruitment Specialist, Caroline Canter at or 385-249-4740

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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Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District




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