Youth Conservation Corps Program Assistant

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest, is seeking a Youth Conservation Corps Program Assistant. The YCC Assistant will assist the Conservation Education Program in recruitment and hiring activities associated with the Generation Green summer program on the Eldorado National Forest in Placerville, CA. The assistant will support the development and implementation of the Generation Green Program for the 2024 field season.

The YCC Generation Green is a youth summer employment program that engages young people ages 15-18 in meaningful work experiences on the Eldorado National Forest. Youth are engaged in fun, exciting work projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship. Work projects vary, but consist of trail maintenance/trail building, archaeological surveys, meadow restoration and fuels reduction projects.

Start Date: May 20th, 2024

End Date: August 9th, 2024


Location: Placerville, CA – Eldorado Supervisor’s Office

The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada region within California and encompasses a total of 798,279 acres, which includes 193,027 acres of private ownership.

The Eldorado National Forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The Eldorado is within 3 – 4 hours of the San Francisco Bay Area and about 1 – 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento. It ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.

The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs (including both public and private acreage), which total 11,994 surface acres. 11 large reservoirs account for 9,000 acres. The rest are mostly small, high mountain lakes. Both the rivers and lakes provide excellent fishing opportunities. The Eldorado National Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public. The Forest offers every visitor the chance to enjoy nature and be outdoors. In addition to two popular wilderness areas (Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness), the forest offers more than 70-day use and overnight developed recreation facilities across the forest for the individual, families and groups.

Project Websites: For more information regarding Eldorado National Forest, please click here.

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please click here.

Position Overview

  • Represent the Eldorado National Forest at several hiring events sponsored by El Dorado County, the Forest Service and
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Assist the Conservation Education Program specialist in a variety of conservation education programs as needed.
  • Assist with crew leading as necessary
  • Support Youth Conservation Corps-Generation Green program coordination, logistics, and administration
  • Responsible for understanding how to motivate individual personalities and how to work with youth
  • Summarize and create reports on project accomplishments, supplies, personnel, incidents, vehicles, and expenses

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk, with potential to work holidays and weekends. The Member will receive a living allowance of $900/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: The member will be responsible for finding their own housing. A housing reimbursement up to $100/week is available to help offset the cost of housing.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.




  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be adaptable and able to work independently
  • Must be able to work alone and in small groups with minimal supervision, and adhere to instructions, procedure and use initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • 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: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

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 Program Manager, Jack Hall at jhall@usaconservation.org or 385-290-5278.

EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

Tagged as: conservation, conservation corps, education, environment, environmental stewardship, forestry, youth development

About American Conservation Experience

ACE EPIC individual placements (paid internships) and fellowships provide young adults ages 18-30 (up to age 35 for veterans) with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors as they apply their knowledge of resource management on their path to becoming the next generation of resource and land managers