Forestry Crew Lead- Various (Region 5) California

Great Basin Institute and USFS
Tahoe, Plumas and Stanislaus National Forests- California
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Wage: $20/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate Camping Per Diem: $15/night as necessary Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each Crew Lead effective on the first day of the month following the start of their employment.
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The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS is recruiting Forestry Crew Members to perform timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (Region 5 USFS 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 project locations, will provide Forestry Crew Members with rewarding exposure to some of California's lesser-known forested landscapes. This work requires extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000 to 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 three 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. Project Descriptions: (*NOTE- these are anticipated projects, however project are subject to change as needs are assessed closer to the start of the field season. Additional locations may become available as well.) Tahoe National Forest: Crews working with the Sierraville Ranger District will assist agency personnel with individual tree marking and cruising on the Big Canyon project, ~ 400 acre fuels reduction project located near Yuba Pass. Upon completion, crews will assist with project layout, site prep, marking and cruising on another project in the district. Crews working on the Truckee Ranger District will be assisting Forest Service staff with site prep, layout, marking, cruising and other forestry related tasks on the Five Creeks project, ~5000 acre project located west of HWY 89 between Olympic Valley and Donner Lake. Plumas National Forest: Crews working with the Feather River Ranger District (FRRD) will receive relevant forestry skills as they assist Forest Service staff with vital salvage logging operations resulting from the devastating 2020 fire season; approximately 60% of the forest burned! Work (consisting of site prep, boundary ID, marking and cruising; additional tasks as opportunities present) will include revisit work and new project layout in partially and heavily burned areas. Work will focus in the west and central parts of the FRRD based out of Orville, CA and a short drive from the city of Chico. Crews working with the Beckworth and Mt. Hough Ranger Districts will work in the eastern half of the forest, predominantly on the Walker Reforestation project. Duties will include layout/painting/flagging of boundaries as well as common stand exams and other prep for outyear projects. Stanislaus National Forest: The two-person forestry crew will be working across the Mi-Wok Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts. The crew will assist USFS staff for the preparation and implementation of forest resilience treatments in the general area of Prather Meadows, Big Rattlesnake Creek, and Little Rattlesnake Creek (approx. 7,229 acres). The project is located within Tuolumne County, California, northeast of Arnold and south of Cabbage Patch, on the south side of the North Fork Stanislaus River . Project work will consist of assisting with unit layout, boundary marking and plot cruising for two commercial thinning and hazardous fuels reduction projects (Rock Creek & Prather Medusa). Other work may consist of, but is not limited to assisting on active harvest operations, marking additional timber to be removed and collecting post treatment data. Efforts conducted by the crew will support project objectives to reduce fire risk by reducing fuel loadings and improve forest health by taking actions to move the various condition categories from existing conditions to desired conditions consistent with the Stanislaus National Forest- Forest Plan.
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.
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