Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), and the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB), is seeking a Southern California Conservation Project Manager for 16 weeks to assist all partners in ensuring that all projects are safely and professionally prepared, implemented and completed to a high quality standard, as well as reported safely, effectively and efficiently. The successful candidate will serve as a project liaison and coordinator for the Southern California Conservation Corps Collaborative, a historic partnership between 3 different Conservation Corps organizations. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in program management, botany, fire restoration, invasive species control, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Southern California’s natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.
Start Date: March 26th End Date: July 14th
Location: Angeles National Forest (ANF)
Project Background and Objectives: With the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Angeles National Forest, a Conservation Corps collaborative in Southern California composed of ACE, LACC and CCLB will implement a wide variety of fire restoration activities and projects in areas affected by the Copper, Ranch and Sayre fires in Angeles National Forest.
Crews from 3 different Conservation Corps programs will work across all fire impacted areas to remove and eradicate invasive vegetation, seed plantation and plant propagation, micro-trash removal, aquatic organism passage improvement activities in addition to OHV trail maintenance, repair and decommissioning.
In order to reduce redundant and disorganized communication, it will be critical to have a designated Conservation Project Manager with the organizational and communication skills to connect all parties involved. The Conservation Project Manager will lead the overall planning and implementation of the project through constant coordination between ANF and Corps staff.
You can also visit www.usaconservation.org for more information about ACE and the EPIC Intern program.
Compensation: $575 per week living allowance (Stipend). Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week.
Provided: Intern will have access to a work vehicle, tools, PPE & other work related equipment during the scheduled work day.
Not Provided: Housing is not provided. Intern will be responsible for obtaining their own housing. Intern will need their own cell phone as well.
Position Description: The Conservation Project Manager (CPM) will serve 16 weeks as a liaison between the staff of Angeles National Forest (ANF) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the crews of American Conservation Experience (ACE), Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) and Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB). The Conservation Project Manager will ensure that all projects are prepared, implemented, completed, and reported safely, effectively and efficiently.
The CPM will coordinate and communicate with ANF staff members from various departments (i.e. Restoration, Forestry and Trails, etc.). The CPM will have a 50/50 balance between working in the office and in the field helping ANF staff and 3 different Conservation Corps crews prepare and fully implement conservation projects.
The primary roles of the CPM include (but are not limited to): 1) strongly communicate and coordinate with ANF and Corps staff to identify and confirm project plans, itineraries, logistics, and goals; 2) support and manage all 3 conservation crews simultaneously to ensure that all projects are completed safely, efficiently, and to a high quality; 3) document and report the overall project’s progression and success while also helping resolve any challenges that may arise during the project’s timeframe; and 4) assist staff in building long-term monitoring and assessment strategies.
Training: On-site training will be provided, but the expectations of this position are that an ideal candidate will be able to hit the ground running, bringing in a high level of communication, organization, project management and on-the-ground restoration experience.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a degree in biology, forestry, ecology, or a related field. Candidates with Master’s 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.
- Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card.
- Must be 21 -30 years of age. Applicants 31-35, with recent Masters Degree’s or pursuing Master’s degree’s up to age 35, will be considered.
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
- Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record.
- A strong background in botany, fire restoration, project management, invasive species control, eradication and monitoring.
- Strong communication and organizational skills.
- Project management experience.
- Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
- Leadership experience specifically advancing a culture of accountability.
- Experience in on-the-ground invasive control projects.
- Interns must have a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings.
- 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 professional.
A qualified applicator license for the State of California or an ability to obtain California herbicide applicator’s license ASAP.
A Master’s Degree in a related field.
2+ years of project leadership experience.
Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
ACE Interns must be willing to represent ACE and all partners in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
**This position is subject to change/close at any time**
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/
NOTE: 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 Division Director [email protected]
About American Conservation Experience
ACE EPIC Internships and Fellowships program provide recent graduates with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors and to apply their knowledge of resource management on actual projects and programs as they develop and emerge as the next generation of resource and land managers. ACE EPIC operates in coalition with partners such as the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation focused groups to place interns within the operating structure of these organizations. Within the agencies and organizations, interns gain practical experience, implement the principles of managing public lands, and continue learning under the guidance of experienced agency mentors as they develop into the next generation of natural resource managers.
Internships and fellowships not only provide a framework to build a skilled workforce for the 21st century but also allow youth to explore, connect, and preserve America’s natural and cultural resources as they gain professional skills and cultivate their careers in the resource management field.