American Conservation Experience
USFS Forestry Technician
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking three Forestry Technicians. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resource management and conservation.
The incumbent will be part of a small marking crew performing a variety of timber sale preparation (TSP) duties that include, but are not limited to, timber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout as part of the forest health partnership.
Start Date: August/September, 2019
End Date: 8-12 weeks after start date
Location: Foresthill, CA, American River Ranger District; or Camptonville, CA, Yuba River Ranger District
The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento) and extends from the foothills across the Sierra crest to the California state line. It includes over 850,000 acres of public land interspersed with 350,000 acres of private land in a checker board ownership pattern. Rivers, snow-capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year-round. A complex set of ecosystems are found as the terrain ascends from 1,500 feet along the western boundary to over 9,000 feet along the crest. The forest provides a variety of resources and opportunities and is managed by the Forest Service.
Project Partner Websites: For more information regarding Tahoe National Forest, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/
For more information on ACE, please visit: usaconservation.org.
Compensation: The members should anticipate serving 40 hours/wk. and will receive a gross pay (before tax) of $640/wk., depending on experience, for food, housing, and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: Housing available through the USFS.
Project objectives include:
- Independently applies silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
- Brings to the attention, to responsible individuals, situations on the ground that are inconsistent with guidelines.
- Acts as a certified timber cruiser. Independently applies the instructions issued in a cruise plan. Takes and records tree measurements, assesses quality, and determines defect. Prepares and computer processes cruise data.
- Observes and reports areas of possible archeological significance, and sightings of sensitive, threatened or endangered wildlife species.
- Traverses harvest unit boundaries, road locations, and determines area.
- Participates in other aspects of resource management support work such as recreation, maintenance, silviculture, tree planting, etc.
- Planning, decisions, and judgments made in this position affect long term timber management activities, other resources, and the forest health agreement/contract. Accuracy of the work affects the quality of residual resource values such as timber stands, visual quality, water quality, and all resources related to timber harvest.
Training: Applicant will receive job training from Forest Service specialists in various fields, namely Forestry. Though on the ground training will be provided for a majority of the required tasks outlined above, it is expected that the member comes into this position with a strong foundational understanding of each project objective.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have degree in Forestry or Environmental Science, or be seeking a degree in a similar field. Field experience and a willingness and strong desire to learn may be substituted for education. Candidates with an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.
Specific Tasks Include:
- Working knowledge of forest practices and techniques, including application of silvicultural prescriptions, aerial photographs, maps, environmental analysis reports, and like guides in order to independently select harvest timber in a variety of stand conditions.
- Working knowledge of measuring tree diameters and heights, map reading, compass use, tree species identification, obvious defect recognition and determination, traversing, and the use of tools associated with timber cruising
- Knowledge of regularly used timber cruise computer programs including data collection, processing and the interpretation of output reports.
- Knowledge of other resource areas, such as wildlife management or archeology, in order to recognize situations which require specific protection measures.
- The work is performed primarily in a field environment. Field work often requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including walking, bending, and climbing under adverse conditions for long periods of time.
- Work in the forest environment involves considerable risk of falls due to uneven terrain, risk of insect bites, contact with poisonous plants, etc. Work is conducted during conditions such as rain, snow, wind, dust, extreme heat and extreme cold. Hardhat, boots, gloves, and possibly other safety equipment are required.
- Willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.