The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region, is recruiting a Forestry Crew Lead to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to perform vegetation management and restoration projects within forest/woodland areas. Duties will include performing standardized timber cruising, and assisting in stand exam data collection. Data are gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, observations, and on-site inspections. The Forestry Crew Lead will also select and mark individual trees for harvest using well defined marking guidelines and silvicultural prescriptions. Training will be provided on tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, and other project-specific tasks.
A 4-5-person forestry crew (one lead and 3-4 technicians per crew) will perform this work in collaboration with USFS. Leadership responsibilities will include communication with USFS and GBI staff, maintaining safety awareness and practices in the field, scheduling, logistics, and overseeing fidelity to methods and quality of outcomes.
Camping at a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives.
Compensation and Timeline:
o Rate of Pay: $24.00/hour
o Health insurance
o Duration: 16-week appointment starting 4 June 2018 (6 weeks on the Stanislaus National Forest (NF) followed by 10 weeks on the Eldorado NF); possible extension pending funding availability.
Location: Stanislaus NF near Sonora, CA, and then Eldorado NF near Placerville, CA.
o Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Botany or other related natural science field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry and their application;
o Knowledge of the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography;
o Experience in timber cruising and in standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols;
o Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resource staff;
o Experience leading forestry crews in the field, including oversight of safety, communication, fidelity to methods, and data quality;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
o Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units;
o Proficiency using a compass and topographic map to navigate;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
o Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting;
o Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a forested and/or high desert environment in all seasons;
o Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days;
o Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles; and
o Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals and objectives of the USFS.
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