Wilderness Trail Crew – Crew Leader

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
Taylorsville, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is hiring one Crew Leader for a unique opportunity to lead a Wilderness Trail Crew in advancing forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF. Qualified individuals with an interest in trail work, wilderness management, and the active management of ecosystem services are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew, consisting of a Crew Leader and five Crew Members, will spend the season performing a variety of trail maintenance projects in Wilderness and non-wilderness areas of the LNF Almanor Ranger District. Work will include tread and drainage, brushing, log outs, and hazard tree removal. Work will be completed using hand tools, crosscut saws, and chainsaws. Work schedule will be four ten hour days with three days off or eight ten hour days with six days off based on project requirements. The Crew may also assist as necessary with other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.
Required ● Minimum of 12-months combined field experience in trails, forest or other natural resource management, this may include but is not limited to corps work, wildland fire, research and survey work within the environmental field, land conservation, etc.; ● Minimum of 6-months leading others in carrying out the above; ● Knowledge and technical skills needed to conduct and lead trail maintenance activities; ● Experience using and maintaining hand tools and chainsaws to complete resource management tasks; ● First aid or wilderness medical training experience (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT); ● Ability to hike 4-8 miles a day with a weighted field pack, ample water, and tools; ● Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous environments; ● Experience working and living in backcountry remote settings; ● Ability to track and report project accomplishments; ● Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of wilderness land management; ● Ability to provide a clean driving record; ● Ability to pass a federal background check; ● A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation; ● Ability to safely drive a vehicle while towing a utility trailer on dirt and gravel roads; ● An ability to bring adaptability and improvisation, critical thinking skills, creativity, and humor to the workplace; ● Ability to be punctual, diligent, and thorough in their work and support a similarly strong work ethic amongst crew members; ● Full COVID vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted). Preferred ● Chainsaw Certification (MTDC or S-212); ● Experience with crosscut saws; ● Rockwork and carpentry skills; ● Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training; ● Interest in, or familiarity with, forested ecosystems of the Northern Sierra; ● Experience with forest restoration and/or fuels management using mechanized or non-mechanized equipment; ● Current first aid or wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT). Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.
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Danielle Berry
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