The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District (Dunlap, CA), is recruiting a Fuels Resource Assistant (RA) to perform a variety of Fuels related tasks and support various aspects of NEPA completed Fuels projects. RA duties and projects will be focused on completing burn plans, and strategically planning for the implementation of four (4) District Fuels projects that will use a combination GBI and other Fuels crews. Additional RA duties include providing analysis for projects that still need to have National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis completed, as well as identifying out-year fuels projects (maps, initial purpose and need/proposed action statements) to put on 5-year Program of Work (POW) & NEPA schedules. The RA will have the opportunity to collaborate with both personnel from the Hume Lake Ranger District Office and the Forest Supervisor’s office to coordinate these projects.
This position is supported through the Forest Service’s Resource Assistants Program (RAP). RAP participants who successful complete their appointment will receive a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) certificate. The DHA certificate allows the individual to be appointed into a permanent Forest Service position, ideally related to the focus of their RAP appointment and with the Forest that hosted the participant. For more information about this program, please visit the USFS’s RAP website.
- Gather, compile and report data for Fuels projects
- Serve as inspector on service projects ensuring work is completed properly
- GPS Fuels units and identify boundaries
- Create maps from previous or current data to provide analysis around projects
- Work with partner organizations and coordinate District Fuels data
- Provide Fuels analysis support to NEPA projects
- Perform fieldwork as well as administrative tasks in an office setting
The RA may be required to travel and work in the backcountry and other remote locations on the forest. Travel and work will be performed both independently and in teams. Driving on and navigating forest roads may be required. Field components of this position may be physically demanding, requiring hiking in steep terrain at high elevations (5,000-9,000 ft.) with heavy packs and/or equipment, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, smoke, high winds, snow, or rain.
- Bachelor’s degree or relevant coursework towards a degree in Forestry/Forestry Resources, Natural Resource Management, Geography, GIS, Biology/Ecology, Agriculture or other related fields or equivalent field experience (required);
- Direct experience conducting arduous field work and working as part of a team in a remote setting (required);
- Familiarity with use of various computer programs/systems, such as ArcGIS/ArcMap, Avenza, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office (word, excel, etc.), or the demonstrated ability to learn (preferred);
- Experience conducting field analyses;
- Experience in coordinating various project data;
- Experience using a GPS unit to navigate and collect spatial data;
- Ability to read and navigate using USGS topographic maps and a compass;
- Prior experience utilizing ArcGIS software and developing project maps, desirable but not required;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, in a professional setting and to diverse audiences;
- Familiarity with NEPA process and compliance desirable but not required;
- Demonstrates ability to be open to learning new skills, as well as ability to follow-through by utilizing those skills;
- Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, sometimes in remote environment;
- Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items up to 50 pounds, and regularly walking around the site in all types of weather; and,
- Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.