American Conservation Experience
USFS Lead Forestry Technician
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest is seeking one Lead Forestry Technician. 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/lead 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: 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: Commensurate with experience and valid Cruiser Certification $640-$858/wk for food, housing, and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. The technician should anticipate serving 40 hours/wk.
Housing: Housing may be provided at a heavily discounted rate by 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: Applicants should have degree in Forestry or Environmental Science, or a closely related field. Experience may be substituted for education. 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.
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.
- Crew lead is responsible for establishing accomplishment priorities, distributing the workload among employees, and reporting on the progress of work.
- Willing to represent ACE and the USFS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings.
- Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 30 lbs.
- Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
- Members must be US citizen or possess a green card.
- Since this position requires driving, members must be 21+.
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
**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://usaconservationepic.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 Recruitment Specialist Caroline Canter at email@example.com.