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FORESTRY CREW LEAD - ELDORADO NF (USFS)

Employer
Great Basin Institute
Location
Pioneer, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Job DescriptionJob Description
FORESTRY CREW LEAD - ELDORADO NF (USFS)

Job Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting 1 Forestry Crew Lead to perform timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the USFS Region 5 Eldorado National Forest (Amador Ranger District) in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. These projects all serve the Basin & Range Forestry program's greater mission of helping the USFS in their critical goal of improving forest resilience in the face of worsening climate conditions and increased wildfire threats. The work that you will do directly improves the quality of these forests helping ensure they continue to thrive for generations to come.

Selected Leads will serve USFS Region 5's vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Projects will vary across the Amador Ranger District, and include but are not limited to fuels reduction initiatives in wildland urban interface (WUI) areas, in and around sensitive habitats for threatened and endangered species, and watershed protection. The Crew Lead will receive professional development opportunities and benefit from exposure to USFS processes, procedures, compliance measures and reporting, and technical experience.

The Forestry Crew Lead will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. The Lead will be responsible for crew safety and oversight, including coordination of daily tasks and affiliated project and crew needs, provide or assist in training, communicate daily/weekly with agency staff to plan and assess crew accomplishments, and communicate with GBI staff as needed. Crew size estimation of 3 people, total. Forestry duties may include:
  • Timber sale unit boundary delineation and layout (GPSing, flagging, painting);
  • Tree species identification; Green and salvage timber marking and cruising;
  • Timber and biomass plot cruising
  • Collection of stand examination data;
  • General silviculture data collection;
  • Identification of various resource concerns including hydrology, heritage, wildlife and recreation


  • All procedures will be performed in compliance with 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.

    Contract Timeline:

    -Tentatively: March - October 2024
    - Projects are weather dependent, therefore start and end dates vary according to local conditions and individual project needs

    Location:

    Pioneer, CA; Amador Ranger District

    Eldorado National Forest:
    Project activities will take place on the Eldorado National Forest (NF).
    Located in the central Sierra Nevada, the Eldorado NF is bordered on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, and by the Tahoe and Stanislaus NFs to the north and south, respectively. Eldorado NF offers an abundance of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, hiking, biking, skiing and climbing. The forest is home to much of the American River headwaters and the stunning Desolation Wilderness, and is in the heart of California's historic Gold Country. People travel to Eldorado National Forest for its rich prospecting history, diversity of outdoor adventure and even beautiful vineyards.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    - Wage: $26/hour with overtime at 1.5x hourly rate. Full time, average 40 hours per week
    - Health, dental, vision Insurance premiums covered 100% by GBI (equivalent to approximately $350/month); health, dental and vision insurance is available on the first day of the month following the start of employment
    - Shared housing provided (equivalent to approximately $1000/month); housing stipend not provided if shared housing is denied by employee
    - Camping per diem: $15/night as necessary (infrequent)
    - Uniform Stipend

    Job Qualifications:

    At least one of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree in Forestry (preferred), natural resource management or related field, with coursework AND one year of forestry related field work; OR
    • Three years of professional fieldwork experience.

    Required:
    • Proficiency in navigation using GPS, topographic map and compass;
    • Experience with cruising and marking techniques;
    • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver's license with the ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
    • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with USFS staff, GBI staff, interns, volunteers, academic, state, and federal partners;
    • Ability to work safely and productively in remote field settings under adverse conditions. This includes occasionally overnight camping in remote areas for consecutive nights;
    • 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 resource staff;
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
    • Strong communication skills with diverse audiences, both written and oral; and
    • 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.

    Preferred:
    • Experience leading crews in the field, including oversight of crew safety, communication, fidelity to methods and data quality;
    • 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, geology and topography;
    • Experience using ArcGIS to create maps;
    • Experience identifying hydrologic concerns, recognizing forest entomology/pathology issues, identifying heritage sites and experience with fire/fuels assessments or related field tasks.

    EEO Statement

    We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
    Company DescriptionThe Great Basin Institute promotes environmental research, education and service through agency partnerships, such as those with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Under Cooperative or Assistance Agreements, the institute furthers professional development and workforce advancement by collaborating with resource management agencies, supporting the next generation of natural resource professionals.

    We are a proud member of the National Service Movement. Many of our opportunities are made possible through support from the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps program, THE CORPS NETWORK, and NEVADA VOLUNTEERS.Company DescriptionThe Great Basin Institute promotes environmental research, education and service through agency partnerships, such as those with the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Under Cooperative or Assistance Agreements, the institute furthers professional development and workforce advancement by collaborating with resource management agencies, supporting the next generation of natural resource professionals.\r\n\r\nWe are a proud member of the National Service Movement. Many of our opportunities are made possible through support from the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps program, THE CORPS NETWORK, and NEVADA VOLUNTEERS.

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