Forestry Crew Lead (USFS R5) – California

Great Basin Institute
Multiple Locations, CA
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The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting multiple Forestry Crew Leads to perform and help manage timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (USFS Region-5 locations). This work provides professional development and leadership opportunities including increased exposure and responsibility enacting USFS processes, procedures, and compliance measures; assisting in reporting and data entry/quality assurance and control; and increased technical experience. Expanded opportunities and exposure to additional disciplines (e.g. archaeology, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. These positions will serve USFS vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Projects will vary across Forests and Districts, and include fuels reduction initiatives in wildland urban interface (WUI) areas, in and around sensitive habitats for threatened and endangered species, and watershed protection. Forestry Crew Leads will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. Leads will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including coordination of daily tasks and affiliated project and crew needs, provide or assist in training, converse daily/weekly with agency staff to plan and assess crew accomplishments, and converse with GBI staff as needed. Crew size will range between 2-6 people. Forestry duties may include timber sale unit boundary delineation and layout (GPSing, flagging, painting), tree species ID, timber marking and cruising, timber and biomass plot cruising, collection of stand examination data, and general silviculture data collection. Duties may also include identification of various resource concerns including hydrology, heritage, wildlife and recreation. All procedures will be performed in compliance with complex silvicultural prescriptions based on forest and treatment type and land management goals. Data will be gathered using standard instruments, direct measurements, general observations, and on-site inspections. Project-specific training will be provided on tree-species identification, GPS data collection, tree marking, hydrology, entomology/pathology, heritage, fire/fuels and other elements. Prior experience in basic GIS skills, GPS data collection, tree-species identification, timber marking and cruising, identifying hydrologic concerns, recognizing forest entomology/pathology issues, identifying heritage sites, and experience with fire/fuels assessments or related field tasks is highly preferred. This physically demanding work, often in remote locations, will provide Forestry Technicians with rewarding exposure to some of California’s backcountry forested landscapes. These positions require extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, smoke, high winds, snow or rain. Positions often require operating 4-wheel drive vehicles in off-road conditions including mud, snow and high clearance roads. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days with 3 days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs. Camping near a work site for several days may be required to meet project objectives. POSITION LOCATIONS: Lassen National Forest Plumas National Forest Sequoia National Forest
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Forestry (preferred), natural resource management or related field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry; - Previous crew lead experience or experience with USFS is highly preferred; - Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; ability to communicate with supervisors and other resources staff in a professional and timely manner; - Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of crew safety, communication, fidelity to methods and data quality; - Familiarity or experience with cruising and marking techniques; - Familiarity with and interest in resource management issues of western states and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion; - Familiarity with the mixed conifer forests typical of eastern California, including common plants (woody and herbaceous), wildlife, and/or geology/topography is desirable; - Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, assessment, and monitoring protocols; - Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff; - Experience using ArcGIS to create maps; - Experience using compass, topographic map and handheld GPS unit to navigate and collect data; - Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; - Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office setting; - 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; - Willingness and ability to camp in remote, primitive sites for several consecutive days; and - 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. ​ HOW TO APPLY: To learn more and apply, please follow the link below:
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