Forestry Technician / Timber Crew Corpsmember UCC/USFS

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Utah State University
Vernal, Utah, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Forestry Technician / Timber Crew Corpsmember, Utah Conservation Corps & USFS Ashley National Forest

Application Deadline: April 19, 2021 (or until filled up to May 1, 2021)

Interviews: Will occur as qualified applications are received.

Type of position: Work as member of Timber Sale Prep-Silviculture Crew on Ashley National Forest

Service Dates Mid-May - September to November 2021 (depending upon position)

Length of Term: 16 to 22 weeks (depending upon position)

How to apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

Please email the contact below to confirm receipt of application:
Trevor Shafer, Forester, AND CC:James McRae, Timber Management Officer,

The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) in partnership with the Ashley National Forest is advertising a Forestry Technician / Timber Crew Corpsmember. This is a 4 to 5 month (up to 22+ weeks) full-time work experience from approximately mid-May through September to November 2021 (term depends upon position).

The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is Utah's award-winning, and nationally recognized statewide Conservation Corps headquartered in Logan, Utah at Utah State University's main campus. The UCC has been Utah's largest environmental AmeriCorps program since 2001, completing service work on public lands, in communities, and with various organizations throughout the state. UCC will recruit and hire the selected candidate providing personnel and Human Resources (HR) needs during the placement.

If you have questions about this Forestry Technician Corps Member position, please contact:

Trevor Shafer, Forester on the Ashely National Forest,, 435-781-5192, or

James McRae, Timber Management Officer on the Ashley National Forest,, 435-781-5123,

or Amber O'Quinn of the Utah Conservation Corps,, 206-554-1270.

The Position

Up to three (3) positions will be filled and located out of Vernal, Utah at the Ashley NF Supervisors Office (SO). The crew will start and end work at the SO in vernal each day unless field work requires staying on site in the field. There is no government housing provided unless the assignment requires camping.

Program Benefits

$15.10/hour along with health care coverage (if needed), workers compensation, and FICA/Medicare.

Camping on or near field work sites may be required. Camp trailers/Equipment will be provided when camping is required.

A Forestry Technician Corps Member performs developmental assignments in support of the Timber program located at the Ashley National Forest, Supervisors office in Vernal, UT. Candidates should have basic knowledge of Forestry or related ecological field of study. The work is primarily performed in a field environment. Field work often requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including walking, bending, or climbing in rugged terrain under adverse conditions for long periods of time.

The work involves presale duties including:
  • Timber marking, traversing, and basic tree measurements.
  • Occasional silviculture duties:
  • Common Stand Exam (CSE), KV Exams, & Others.
  • Assignments are designed to provide training for the timber functions for which the unit is responsible.
  • Assist higher-grade specialist in projects of limited difficulty to become familiar with laws, policies, and regulations in the targeted specialized series. Corps Members receive on-the job training in planning, organizing, and implementing various timber projects on the unit to develop experience in various phases of timber management.

Under close supervision, Crew Members will serve as tally person and may operate electronic field data recorders. Assist in the measure of limiting distances, tree diameter using a logger's tape, tree height using a clinometer, estimation of defect and quality, and related fundamental timber cruising procedures. They will also assist higher grade specialists in performing silviculture work by conducting stand exams in recently harvested areas, areas of past disturbance, or future (potential) harvest locations.

Position Requirements:
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record. Drive government vehicle as required for position.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check.
  • Ability to do arduous work in rugged mountain terrain.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
  • Strongly prefer experience in working outdoors
  • Prefer experience identifying tree species and measuring trees.
  • Good oral communication skills and ability to write legibly.
  • An independent, self-motivated, creative, and resourceful individual, able to work with diverse groups of people. (Works well with others)
  • Ability to serve as part of a team.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends (if needed).
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service.
  • Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects.
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions or work assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal abilities.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.
  • Team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and co-workers.
  • Productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts effort in successfully completing tasks.
  • Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn new skills or techniques.

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

$15.10 per hour

The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).

Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

The Ashley National Forest

The Ashley National Forest encompasses about a million and a half acres in northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. The Forest lies in three geographical areas: the east-west range of the Uinta Mountains, the Green River Basin, and the Tavaputs Plateau. Elevations range from 6,000 feet to 13,528 feet.

Steep canyons, high mountain peaks, glaciated basins, large open meadows, and desert badlands produce a rich diversity of vegetation and wildlife. The grasses and shrubs of the high mountain desert are replaced by pinyon and juniper as the elevation rises. In mid-elevation areas, aspen dominates and becomes mixed with conifer. Higher up, the vegetation changes to conifer forest composed of ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, fir, and spruce. Wildlife is abundant. Larger species include black bear, mountain lion, moose, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep.

Neighboring lands include the Uinta and Ouray Indian Reservation to the south, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to the west and north, and a mixture of Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah, and private lands to the east and southeast. Compared with other National Forests, relatively few small tracts of private land lie within the Ashley's boundary.

The High Uintas Wilderness, established by Congress in 1984, comprises nearly one-half million acres in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests. Within the wilderness, elevations range from 8,000 feet to 13,582 feet at the top of Kings Peak, the highest mountain in Utah. The Uinta Mountain range runs east to west, from the Wasatch Mountains into Colorado. Pre-Cambrian rock formed from sediments laid down 600 million years ago makes up the core of the range. Glacial activity carved deep canyons and left a spectacular landscape of rolling, treeless peaks and stratified ridges interspersed with broad meadows and numerous lakes.

The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area lies in the northeast part of the Forest. Flaming Gorge Reservoir extends almost 90 miles into Wyoming and offers outstanding fishing and boating opportunities. Record-breaking German brown trout and large lake and rainbow trout have been taken from its waters. The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area has three marinas and many campgrounds, some of which are open year-round.

The Green River Below Flaming Gorge Dam is a world-famous blue-ribbon trout stream. The Little Hole National Recreation Trail parallels the river 7.3 miles from the Dam to the Little Hole Recreation Complex.

About Vernal, Utah

Vernal is situated in northeast Utah south of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and west of Dinosaur National Monument and is the county seat of Uintah County. Vernal has a population of approximately 10,000 people. When combined with the residents of surrounding communities, the population of the Ashley Valley is approximately 15,000. Vernal is 180 miles east of Salt Lake City and 300 miles west of Denver.


Vernal sits at approximately 5,000 feet above sea level. Vernal enjoys four beautiful temperate seasons; the climate is semi-arid with low humidity. Annual precipitation averages 15-20", mostly in the form of winter snow and spring/fall rain. Winter temperatures usually hover in the 20s-30s during the day but will occasionally drop to sub-zero. Mid-summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees, but generally average in the low-mid 90s, dipping into the 50s at night.

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The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

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