American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Coconino National Forest, is seeking 2 Watershed Technicians. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Water Resource Management or a related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Arizona’s natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.

For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Start Date: April/May 2024

Estimated End Date: 27 weeks after the start date

Location Details/Description: Coconino National Forest – may be stationed out of Sedona, AZ or Flagstaff, AZ.

Some of the finest and most diverse scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.8 million acres covered by the Coconino National Forest. Elevations rise from the iconic desert red rocks at 2,600 feet to 12,633 feet at Humphrey’s Peak, the highest in Arizona. Our objective is to maintain that natural beauty.

The Coconino National Forest manages a large array of important water resources. These include natural features, like perennial streams and springs, as well as manmade infrastructure, like water troughs, pipelines, and earthen tanks. The Coconino National Forest would like to increase its awareness of the presence and condition of its water resources. This awareness will aid the Forest Service in land management decisions and the overall understanding of how developed and natural waters are utilized.

For more information regarding Coconino National Forest, please click here.

Position Overview:

Assist Coconino National Forest hydrologists in identifying and inventorying water resources and documenting their uses across forests.
Locate water sources using GIS analysis, aerial imagery, historic maps, archival documents, and field notes and surveys.
Work with forest staff from a variety of disciplines to discuss how water supports their resource areas and to identify potential additional water uses.
Coordinate with staff and volunteers to verify the location and condition of water resources on the ground.
Use data from field surveys to make recommendations for needed updates, maintenance, and restoration.
Help to update existing or file new Arizona state water rights claims.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Work Schedule: Work schedules are flexible through the season and may be greater than 40 hours during a seven day work week, not to exceed 80 hours over a two week pay period. Members should generally expect to work 8-10 hour days.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. The living allowance is a fixed rate determined by the Coconino National Forest and ACE and is not flexible.

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.

Housing Assistance: ACE Members will be eligible for reimbursable housing assistance up to $135 per week. The ACE Member will only be reimbursed for approved and demonstrated housing expenses.

Relocation Assistance: ACE members will have access to up to $500 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.

Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Technicians will have the opportunity to be mentored by Forest Service permanent staff in a variety of disciplines related to this role. Members can expect training and mentorship in landscape level planning, field inspection of water resources, Arizona water rights, ATV, UTV, GIS analysis, data collection and reporting, among other things.



Educational background in the physical sciences (e.g., hydrology, geology, Earth and environmental science) or a related field.
Willingness to engage in physically demanding fieldwork.
Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts.
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.


Experience using ArcGIS (desktop or Pro) to perform geospatial analysis.
Experience using AGOL and related mobile apps to create field survey forms and collect field data.
Ability to perform quality control/quality assurance on large datasets to ensure data integrity and consistency.
Data management experience.
Ability to develop (and write/document) methods for workflows and protocols.
Desert fieldwork experience.
All candidates are encouraged to apply, though local candidates will be strongly considered.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to hike over rough terrain, and camp overnight under field conditions.
Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 25 lbs., ability to move up to 50 pounds.
Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
Noise Environment: Moderate to high noise such as gas-powered chainsaws and other hand and power tools.
Travel: This position may require domestic travel.
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the Coconino National Forest or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the Coconino National Forest. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the Coconino National Forest, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to Coconino National Forest and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Recruitment and Member Support Coordinator, Sheana Ward, at 772-529-8143 or sward@usaconservation.org

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.

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About American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for young adults and emerging professionals of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.