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Sierra Institute offers seasonal positions in conservation across three (3) crews and our flagship youth corps, P-CREW (Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education in Watersheds).

Our crews have grown out of a need to enhance the implementation capacity of regional land managers whom we have worked with to plan restoration projects, and we hire field staff on behalf of the Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

This model, using a partner organization to accomplish work typically reserved for federal staff, lends great flexibility in the scope and nature of work performed by field staff. In the event project duties are hindered by wildfire or smoke, we possess the ability to support work in various other locations though the duties and responsibilities of staff members may change to accommodate new projects or objectives.

In 2022 we are offering the following positions:

  • Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District

    • Forestry/ Timber Marking Crew - Crew Leader/ Members/ Apprentice

    • Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Leader/ Members/ Apprentice

  • Lassen and Plumas National Forests

    • P-CREW Youth Corps Crew Leaders

    • P-CREW Youth Corps Field Coordinator

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    • Wilderness Fuels Module crosscut sawyer crew - Crew Leader/ Crew Members/ Apprentice

    • Botany Technician Apprentices: Invasive Plant Management (2) and Whitebark Pine (1)

  • Youth Corps Field Coordinator - P-CREW

    Youth Stewardship, P-CREW (Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education in the Watershed)
    Taylorsville
    $19.50 / hour

    Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW

    Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in the Watershed

    Pay is $19.50/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    Wilderness First Aid and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW” in the subject line.

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

    Season Dates:

    • Preseason: mid April to June 10, 2022
    • P-CREW Youth Corps (10 weeks): June 14- August 19
    • Postseason: until mid September with potential options for extension.

    The Sierra Institute’s P-CREW youth corps is an immersive, six-week, experiential work opportunity designed to
    offer employment on Northern California’s public lands to youth from rural and urban areas around the state.
    P-CREW Youth Corps currently provides three 14-person youth corps crews to complete conservation projects
    such as: trail maintenance and building, invasive species removal, aspen and meadow restoration, and
    hazardous fuels reduction. Crews will spend their weekends playing in the mountains through activities like
    hiking, backpacking, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming.

    The Field Coordinator for P-CREW youth corps is integral to the success of this program. The Field Coordinator
    will report directly to the P-CREW Program Coordinator and work closely with all field and office staff. This
    position will provide critical support with coordination, logistics, and administration of three youth crews.
    Preseason: Field Coordinator will support P-CREW staff with the hiring process of 33 teenagers including
    applicant review, reference checks, interviews, and selection process. The Field Coordinator will help develop
    and provide training to crew leaders and Alumni All-Star Assistants. The Field Coordinator will provide general
    support of program logistics, planning, and administration.


    Field Coordinator will act as a liaison between field staff and office support staff.

    Weekly duties will include: resupplying food and equipment to crews in the field; organizing and tracking each crew’s project accomplishments; facilitating efficient meal planning and shopping for crews; taking photos and videos of crews; preparing and organizing weekly paperwork; and developing the publication of social media content.


    Post season responsibilities will include: final summaries of project accomplishments; gear inventory; grant
    writing and research; developing postseason social media content; organizing paperwork; reviewing crew
    member and crew leader evaluations; and more.


    If interested in extending work after P-CREW, there will be an opportunity to join Sierra Institute’s trail crew.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    ● Support program coordination, logistics, and administration
    ● Facilitate or engage in crew leader training
    ● Work an on-call schedule for crew support during high season
    ● Respond to emergencies (vehicle issues, medical evacuations, etc.)
    ● Serve as an interim Crew Leader in case of necessity or emergency
    ● Lead occasional weekend recreation with youth crews if needed
    ● Prepare, track, and organize weekly paperwork and project accomplishments
    ● Provide guidance, leadership skills, and camp operations to the youth crew leaders to foster personal and
    professional growth.
    ● Navigate to and from project, camp, and recreational sites safely.
    ● Summarize written, digital, and oral reports on project status, supplies, personnel, incidents, vehicles, and
    expenses to support staff on a weekly basis. This includes capturing before and after photos of projects and
    photos of crew members working and camping.
    ● Collaborate with staff to provide healthy meal planning for crews, shopping for all crews, and food resupplies
    each week.
     

    Qualifications:
    ● Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination
    ● Wilderness First Aid certification (or higher)
    ● Pre-service background screening required
    ● Clean Driving Record
    ● Experience working with teens (ages 15-18).
    ● Experience working on or supporting youth and/or young adult crews in conservation/restoration activities.
    ● Social and emotional skills to promote positive personal growth and develop relationships with people from
    all backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.
    ● Comfortable working in both the office and the field for 8 hours a day.
    ● Excellent communication and organizational skills.

  • Biological Sciences Technician (Wildlife)

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $17.00 / hour
    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), is hiring one Biological Technician (Wildlife) to work with and assist the LAVO Wildlife Biologist in all tasks associated with wildlife inventory and monitoring in the park. The work will include specific tasks such as conducting surveys for California Spotted Owl, Northern Goshawk, and American pika, installing and maintaining remote cameras for wildlife monitoring, and assisting with operation of the parks Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. This position may also assist with small mammal trapping on occasion. Other duties may include bear hazing and public education and assisting other programs within the Resource Management Division as needed. The applicant should be capable of hiking up to six miles daily while carrying a pack weighing up to forty pounds. The position is a field position and will get to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most sensitive and beautiful areas. This position may also participate in similar activities to advance other collaborative restoration projects in Plumas and Lassen Counties. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wildlife species that inhabit the park and surrounding areas while honing wildlife identification skills through hands assessment and capturing of birds and small mammals. There will be opportunities to join other resource management crews and gain experience in numerous other tasks. This position is part of an exciting partnership between Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and Lassen Volcanic NP to complete a variety of important Wildlife monitoring activities. Compensation is $17.00 per hour for 20 weeks, weather and fire permitting. Housing is available for a fee in Mineral, CA at the Lassen Volcanic NP headquarters. Housing includes a room of one’s own and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities in a limited occupancy house.
  • Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Leader

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $19.00 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Wilderness Trails, Forestry Technician, Wilderness Management

    Pay is $19.00/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022

     

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

    Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is hiring one crew member to serve as Crew Leader for a unique opportunity to contribute to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF.

    Qualified individuals with an interest in wilderness management, trail work, and the active management of ecosystem services are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew, consisting of a Crew Leader, four Crew Members, and a Crew Member Apprentice 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 benching of trails, maintenance of water bars, brush clearing, and clearing of downed logs and hazard trees. Work will primarily be completed using hand tools and non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws.  The Crew may also assist as necessary other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.

    The Wilderness Trail Crew Leader will serve as the field supervisor of the Crew performing trail restoration activities within the Almanor Ranger District of the LNF. The position will lead a crew working cooperatively to learn how to safely perform trail maintenance, hand thinning, limbing, low-stumping, and bucking of dead and small diameter trees. The position will be responsible for leading the crew in re-establishing and maintaining access to designated trails in order to increase accessibility to public lands within the LNF including diverse wilderness landscapes.

    Additional crew tasks may also include rearranging fuels in preparation for prescribed fire or managed wildfire, including piling and lopping and scattering. The Crew Leader will be expected to facilitate positive engagement between the Crew and youth as the Crew may periodically work alongside local youth corps to accomplish project objectives.

    As some work will be conducted in designated wilderness areas, the Crew Leader is expected to lead by example and ensure all crew members uphold the ethics of wilderness land management, working to minimize the visual and ecological impacts of human intervention and practicing Leave No Trace principles. Training will be provided to inform decision making in wilderness in line with the 1964 Wilderness Act and for adherence to minimum visual retention standards in the USFS Scenery Management System. 

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 2-years combined field experience in 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 6 months leading a field crew in carrying out trail maintenance and other forest restoration tasks

    • Knowledge and technical skills needed to conduct trail maintenance activities. 

    • Ability to educate and train crew members in skills needed to safely and successfully complete trail maintenance projects.

    • 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 with crosscut saws.

    • Experience working in backcountry remote settings.

    • 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

    • Current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT); CPR

    • Full COVID vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted)

    Preferred 

    • Certification in S-212 (Federal Wildland Chainsaws)

    • 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

  • Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Leader

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $19.50 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Timber Management, Timber Marking, Silviculture

    Pay is $19.50/ hr.

     

    Training opportunities include: 

    R5 Timber Cruising certification, Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training*, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification*

    *depending on instructor availability

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022

     

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Leader” in the subject line.

     

     

    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute, SI), in cooperation with the Lassen National Forest (LNF) Almanor Ranger District (ARD) is hiring one Forestry Field Technician to serve as a crew leader for a crew performing forestry work related to timber management and forest health restoration treatment implementation.

    The Forestry Crew Leader will be responsible for coordinating with USFS timber management staff to implement timber sale and restoration treatment preparation work including unit boundary marking, marking of green and salvage (burned) timber, and collection of fire severity data. The Crew Leader will work within a cooperative leadership model utilizing the shared capacity of two crew leaders (one from the ARD and one from SI) to support training, planning, and implementation of multiple projects on the Forest.

    Work objectives and outcomes will be derived from treatment and management goals and will follow prescriptions developed for specific project areas. The Collaborative Forestry Crew may also assist as necessary with ARD/ SI priorities including youth engagement/ education, wildlife, and recreation.

    Daily work may include but is not limited to: timber sale unit boundary marking in fire-affected timber sales, timber marking and cruising, and burn severity assessment/ data collection - essential work for advancing restoration priorities of regional partners and preparing forested ecosystems to be resilient to future changes in climate and fire regime. 

    The Forestry Crew Leader will grow their knowledge of Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest ecosystems, technical forestry, collaborative forest management processes, and crew management and leadership. The Crew Leader will help plan crew work and assess progress towards objectives, manage crew safety, and assist with training crew members and apprentices. 

    Qualifications 

    • Experience with crew leadership,oversight/ safety management, and data collection methods. 

    • Experience working with or for the USFS and/or working with or for non-profit/ community based organizations. 

    • Experience with standard forestry field techniques, timber marking/ cruising, and ecology and natural systems of the Sierra Nevada. 

    • Familiarity with mixed conifer forests and the ability to identify common tree species in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades.

    • Ability to use compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets equipped with Avenza software to navigate and collect data in the field.

    • Good physical conditioning to work and walk in the forest all day carrying day-packs with equipment during all types of weather. 

    • Adaptability and improvisation, critical thinking skills, and creativity.

    • Punctuality, diligence, and thoroughness.

    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license, with an ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle

    • Full COVID-19 vaccination status (vaccine and booster)

    Preferred 

    • Bachelor’s degree, Associates degree, or professional certificate in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecological Restoration or related field(s).

    • Current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT)

  • Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Member

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $18.50 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Timber Management, Timber Marking, Silviculture

    Pay is $19.50/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    R5 Timber Cruising certification, Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training*, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification*

    *depending on instructor availability

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022 

     

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Member” in the subject line.

     

    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute, SI), in cooperation with the Lassen National Forest (LNF) Almanor Ranger District (ARD) is hiring four (4) Collaborative Forestry Field Technicians to serve as crew members performing forestry work related to timber management and restoration treatment implementation.

    Crew members will work in cooperation with SI and ARD staff to implement timber sale and restoration treatment preparation work including unit boundary marking, marking of green and salvage (burned) timber, and collection of fire severity data. Crew Members will follow the direction of two crew leaders and administrative staff from the ARD and SI.  Work objectives will be derived from treatment and management goals and will follow prescriptions developed for specific project areas. The Collaborative Forestry Crew may also assist as necessary with ARD/ SI priorities including youth engagement/ education, wildlife, and recreation.

    Daily work may include but is not limited to: timber sale unit boundary marking in fire-affected timber sales, timber marking and cruising, and burn severity assessment/ data collection, hand thinning unit flagging.

    Crew members will advance their knowledge of Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest ecosystems, technical forestry, and collaborative forest management processes as well as standard procedures and practices employed by the USFS. Crew Members will help the Crew Leader assess progress towards objectives, monitor/ mitigate concerns to safety in the field, and create a collaborative work environment that encourages professionalism, learning, and efficiency.

    Qualifications 

    • Experience towards a degree or certificate in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecological Restoration or related field(s), OR equivalent work experience in forestry or conservation (e.g. trail maintenance, wildland firefighting, botany, wildlife, or hydrology).

    • Experience with standard forestry field techniques, timber marking/ cruising, and ecology and natural systems of the Sierra Nevada. 

    • Ability to use compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets to navigate and collect data in the field.

    • Good physical conditioning to work and walk in the forest all day carrying day-packs with equipment during all types of weather. 

    • An ability to bring adaptability and improvisation, critical thinking skills, and creativity to the field. 

    • Ability to be punctual, diligent, and thorough in their work and support a similarly strong work ethic amongst crew members.

    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license, with an ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle.

  • Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Apprentice

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $16.00 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Timber Management, Timber Marking, Silviculture

    Pay is $16.00/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    R5 Timber Cruising certification, Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training*, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification*

    *depending on instructor availability

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    End Date:  October 2022

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Collaborative Forestry Technician - Crew Apprentice” in the subject line.

    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute, SI), in cooperation with the Lassen National Forest (LNF) Almanor Ranger District (ARD) is hiring Collaborative Forestry Field Technicians to serve as crew apprentices performing forestry work related to timber management and restoration treatment implementation.

    The Crew Apprentice  will work in cooperation with their fellow crew members as well as SI and ARD staff to implement timber sale and restoration treatment preparation work including unit boundary marking, marking of green and salvage (burned) timber, and collection of fire severity data. Crew Apprentices will follow the direction of two crew leaders and administrative staff from the ARD and SI. The Collaborative Forestry Crew may also assist as necessary with other ARD/ SI priorities including youth engagement/ education, wildlife management, and recreation.

    The Crew Member Apprentice position is imagined as a gateway position for those currently without experience in the fields of forestry or conservation and the role will emphasize learning. The Crew Member Apprentice will receive professional development opportunities through exposure to Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest ecosystems, technical forestry and data collection methods, collaborative forest management processes, and examples of crew management and leadership.

    Daily work may include but is not limited to: timber sale unit boundary marking in fire-affected timber sales, timber marking and cruising, and burn severity assessment/ data collection - essential work for advancing restoration priorities of regional partners and preparing forested ecosystems to be resilient to future changes in climate and fire regime.

    The Forestry Crew will receive project-specific training on tree-species identification, marking methodology, standard cruising methods, and forest pathology/ demography. Depending on the availability of LNF staff, the crew may have the opportunity to test for the USFS Region 5 timber cruising certification. 

    Qualifications 

    • Interest in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecological Restoration or related field(s). 

    • Experience or willingness to learn and utilize compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets to navigate and collect data in the field.

    • Good physical conditioning to work and walk in the forest all day carrying day-packs with equipment during all types of weather. 

    • Ability to work on diverse teams with a diverse range of people.

    • Ability to take initiative and produce results 

    • Punctual, diligent, and thorough in their work and support a similarly strong work ethic amongst crew members.

    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license

  • Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Member

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $18.00 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Wilderness Trails, Forestry Technician, Wilderness Management

    Pay is $18.00/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022

     

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

    Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is hiring four candidates  to serve as  Crew Members for a unique opportunity to contribute to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF.

    Qualified individuals with an interest in wilderness management, trail work, and the active management of ecosystem services  are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew, consisting of a Crew Leader, four Crew Members, and a Crew Member Apprentice, 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 benching of trails, maintenance of water bars, brush clearing, and clearing of downed logs and hazard trees. Work will primarily be completed using hand tools and non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws. The Crew may also assist as necessary other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.

    The Wilderness Trail Crew Members will work under the direction of a Wilderness Trail Crew Lead, Sierra Institute support staff, and Forest Service project partners to carry out various trail maintenance and restoration activities within the Almanor Ranger District of the LNF.

    The position will work cooperatively to learn how to perform trail maintenance, hand thinning, limbing, low-stumping, and bucking of dead and small diameter trees. The position will be responsible for working with the crew to  re-establish and maintain access to designated trails in order to increase accessibility to public lands within the LNF including diverse wilderness landscapes.

    Additional crew tasks may also include rearranging fuels in preparation for prescribed fire or managed wildfire, including piling and lopping and scattering. The crew may periodically work alongside local youth corps to accomplish project objectives.

    As some work will be conducted in designated wilderness areas, the crew is expected to follow and work by the protocols of wilderness land management, working to minimize the visual and ecological impacts of human intervention and practicing Leave No Trace principles. Training will be provided to inform decision making in wilderness in line with the 1964 Wilderness Act and for adherence to minimum visual retention standards in the USFS Scenery Management System.

     

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 6-months combined field experience in 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.

    • Knowledge and technical skills needed to conduct trail maintenance activities. 

    • 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 in backcountry remote settings.

    • 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

    • Full COVID vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted)

    Preferred 

    • Certification in S-212 (Federal Wildland Chainsaws)

    • 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

    • Experience with crosscut saws.

    • Current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT); CPR

     

  • Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Apprentice

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $16.00 / hour

    Partner hire for USFS - Almanor Ranger District, Lassen National Forest

    Work duties equivalent to GS-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Wilderness Trails, Forestry Technician, Wilderness Management

    Pay is $16.00/ hr.

    Training opportunities include: 

    Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022

     

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

     

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Apprentice” in the subject line.

     

    Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) in collaboration with Lassen National Forest (LNF) is hiring one candidate  to serve as  a Crew Apprentice for a unique opportunity to learn on the job while contributing to forest restoration and improvement of backcountry recreation infrastructure within designated national forest and wilderness areas of the LNF.

    Qualified individuals with an interest in wilderness management, trail work, and the active management of ecosystem services  are encouraged to apply. The Wilderness Trail Crew, consisting of a Crew Leader, four Crew Members, and a Crew Apprentice, 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 benching of trails, maintenance of water bars, brush clearing, and clearing of downed logs and hazard trees. Work will primarily be completed using hand tools and non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws. The Crew may also assist as necessary other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.

    The Wilderness Trail Crew Apprentice will work under the direction of a Wilderness Trail Crew Lead, Sierra Institute support staff, and Forest Service project partners to carry out various trail maintenance and restoration activities within the Almanor Ranger District of the LNF.

    The position will work cooperatively to learn how to perform trail maintenance, hand thinning, limbing, low-stumping, and bucking of dead and small diameter trees. The position will be responsible for working with the crew to  re-establish and maintain access to designated trails in order to increase accessibility to public lands within the LNF including diverse wilderness landscapes.

    Additional crew tasks may also include rearranging fuels in preparation for prescribed fire or managed wildfire, including piling and lopping and scattering. The crew may periodically work alongside local youth corps to accomplish project objectives.

    As some work will be conducted in designated wilderness areas, the crew is expected to follow and work by the protocols of wilderness land management, working to minimize the visual and ecological impacts of human intervention and practicing Leave No Trace principles. Training will be provided to inform decision making in wilderness in line with the 1964 Wilderness Act and for adherence to minimum visual retention standards in the USFS Scenery Management System.

    Qualifications

    • Enthusiastic, highly motivated individual with an interest in 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.; 

    • Interest in learning on the job to conduct trail maintenance activities including brushing, lopping, tread repair, and log outs using crosscut saws

    • 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.

    • Interest in working in backcountry remote settings.

    • 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

    • Full COVID vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted)

    Preferred 

    • 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

     

  • Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW

    Youth Stewardship, P-CREW (Plumas Conservation, Restoration, and Education in the Watershed)
    Taylorsville
    $1,026.00 / week

    Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW

    Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in the Watershed

    Compensation:

     

    • Training (5 weeks; 40-50 hours per week): $760 - $950 weekly
    • Youth Corps Season (10 weeks + Wrap Up Week): $1,026 weekly + all meals provided

    Training opportunities include: 

    Wilderness First Aid and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW” in the subject line.

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

    Season Dates/ Range:

    • Training (flexible start date): May 9 - June 8
    • P-CREW Youth Corps (10 weeks): June 14 - August 18
    • Wrap Up Week: August 22 - 26
    • Optional Extension: Wilderness Trail Crew: August 29- mid October

    The Sierra Institute’s P-CREW youth corps is an immersive, six-week, experiential work opportunity designed
    to offer employment on Northern California’s public lands to youth from rural and urban areas around the
    state. P-CREW Youth Corps currently provides three 14-person youth corps crews to complete conservation
    projects such as: trail maintenance and building, invasive species removal, aspen and meadow restoration,
    and hazardous fuels reduction. Crews will spend their weekends playing in the mountains through activities
    like hiking, backpacking, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming.


    Crew leaders will be provided 5 weeks of in-field training to prepare for the P-CREW summer session.
    Training dates are flexible and can be shortened to accommodate various start dates. Once P-CREW begins,
    crew leaders will train, supervise, and mentor their youth crew 24/7 for a six-week session. Crew Leaders are
    responsible for managing eleven, 10th-12th grade teenagers while supporting restoration efforts on the
    Plumas and Lassen National Forests and adjacent lands in the Northern Sierra.

    Participants do not go home during the six weeks. Thus, the crew leader position is very similar to a camp counselor role. This includes facilitating safe and sustainable recreation with the crews on weekends. Crew Leaders will be experienced outdoor enthusiasts with the skills and interests to be excellent role models. This is a unique opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of youth through meaningful landscape stewardship under the umbrella of a growing, transformative, and innovative program.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    ● Participate in pre-season 5-week training (if the training time interferes with college finals please reach out to
    discuss possible accommodations)
    ● Mentor and Co-lead a crew of 11 crew members (ages 16-18) and one Alumni All-star Assistant for 10 weeks
    including day to day activities at the project site, at camp, and recreational activities on the weekends. This
    includes providing physical, social, and emotional support to the crew.
    ● Provide guidance, leadership opportunities, and camp operations responsibilities to the Alumni All-Star
    Assistant to foster personal and professional growth.
    ● Educate and train youth crew members in camp set up, camp and personal hygiene, Leave No Trace principles,
    and camp safety.
    ● Supervise and complete conservation projects for 40 hours per week throughout the six-week session in a
    variety of outdoor settings.
    ● Lead recreational trips on the weekends (backpacking, swimming, hiking, etc.)
    ● Navigate and transport crews to and from work, camp, and recreational sites safely while pulling a trailer on
    both paved and dirt roads. (Driving with a trailer can be learned and practiced during training weeks). ● Submit
    written, digital, and oral reports on project status, supplies, personnel, incidents, vehicles, and expenses to
    support staff on a weekly basis. This includes capturing before and after photos of projects and photos of crew
    members working and camping.
    ● Provide guidance for healthy meal planning to crew members. Food for all meals will be provided by support
    staff.
    ● Plan, organize, and facilitate team building activities and educational lessons with the aid of a pre-developed
    curriculum.
    ● Practice routine safety meetings with crew members including evening debriefs, vehicle checks and tool
    assessments.
    ● Conduct personal check-ins and evaluations of crew members to foster personal and professional development
    of youth.
    ● Administer first aid and keep detailed records.


    Qualifications:
    ● Experience working with teens (ages 15-18) and/or past experience serving with other Conservation Corps or
    other natural resource management organizations (Forest Service, nonprofits, etc...)
    ● Social and emotional skills to promote positive personal growth and develop relationships with people from all
    backgrounds, abilities, cultures, orientations, identities, and communities.
    ● Leadership experience
    ● Camping skills and familiarity with leave no trace practices.
    ● Clean Driving Record and Pre-service background screening required

    ● Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Wilderness Fuels Reduction Module - Crew Leader

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $26.00 / hour

    Partner hire for Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Work duties equivalent to WG-4/5/6 positions in: 

    Fuel Management, Fuel Reduction, Wilderness Management

    Pay is $23.00-26.00/ hr DOE

    Training opportunities include: 

     Wilderness First Aid, Basic 32 Wildland Firefighter training, and S212 - Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification

    Start Date: Late April -May 2022 (dependent on snow cover)

    Expected End Date:  October 2022

    We invite all interested parties to apply including those belonging to Tribal communities, women, POC, and LGBTQ+ persons. 

    Skills or experiences that can fill in for qualifications will be considered.

    How to Apply 

    Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as one pdf to jobs@sierrainstitute.us with “Wilderness Fuels Module - Crew Leader” in the subject line.

    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute), in cooperation with the Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO) is hiring one Wilderness Fuels Module (WFM) crew member to serve as a crew leader for an eight person crew performing fuels management in LAVO to promote future prescribed and/or managed fire activities in wilderness areas of the park.

    The WFM Crew Leader, under the direction of Sierra Institute support staff and LAVO specialists, will be responsible for leading the WFM crew in safely falling, bucking, and limbing live and dead trees and constructing fireline using non-mechanized equipment (e.g., crosscut saws, axes, etc.) in undeveloped wilderness areas.

    Fuels are rearranged, either by piling or lopping and scattering depending upon fuel loading, to facilitate future prescribed fire. The WFM Crew will also be responsible for supervising Sierra Institutes youth corps “P-CREW” for a portion of the season while they assist with the project. The crew may also assist as necessary with other activities to advance landscape restoration in the region.

    The WFM Crew Leader will advance their knowledge of Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest ecosystems, wilderness management, collaborative forest management processes, and crew management and leadership. They will work with project supervisors to implement and adapt silvicultural prescriptions and/or remove fuels based on designated cut trees, depending upon the complexity of the location.

    The crew leader will be expected to recognize tree species, defects, and environmental hazards in executing the prescription and cut tree mark, calling attention to unnecessary risks and flagging hazard trees for future removal using mechanized equipment. The Crew Leader will help plan crew work and assess progress towards objectives, manage crew safety, and assist with training crew members. Crew Leaders and Crew Members will receive project-specific training on tree-species identification, crosscut felling, prescription implementation, and wilderness management.

    The majority of project work will occur within the boundary of the recent Dixie Fire (2021) and Crew objectives will support several projects in various stages of implementation. The Dixie Fire burned with mixed severity across much of LAVO and the Crew will experience a diverse and beautiful fire affected landscape while working in the field.

    The Crew Leader must be organized, open to learning, possess the ability to motivate and supervise a crew, and be willing to work hard in a physically demanding role. This position requires hiking while carrying a heavy pack and paint and mitigating known and unforeseen hazards that may include smoke, heat, and strong wind. This crew will utilize a 8-6 work schedule consisting of eight 10-hour days followed by six days off.

    In all work, the crew is expected to uphold the ethics of Wilderness land management, working to minimize the visual and ecological impacts of human intervention and practicing Leave No Trace principles. Training will be provided to inform decision making in the wilderness in line with the 1964 Wilderness Act and for adherence to minimum visual retention standards in the USFS Scenery Management System. 

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of three years’ combined field experience in forest or other natural resource management, this may include but is not limited to biological research, survey work, land conservation, or wildland fire.

    • Experience with crew leadership,oversight/ safety management, and data collection methods. 

    • Experience with utilizing non-mechanized equipment (crosscut saws, axes, etc.) to perform fuels reduction.

    • Minimum Faller 2 or equivalent (minimum Class B)

    • Experience with maintenance of non-mechanized tools and ability to teach others appropriate tool maintenance techniques

    • Familiarity with mixed conifer forests and the ability to identify common tree species in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades or willingness to learn necessary skills. 

    • Ability to use compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets to navigate and collect data in the field.

    • Good physical conditioning to work and walk in the forest all day carrying day-packs with equipment during all types of weather. 

    • An ability to bring adaptability and improvisation, critical thinking skills, creativity, and humor to the workplace.

    • Ability to effectively work with diverse teams or with diverse groups of people.

    • Ability to be punctual, diligent, and thorough in their work and support a similarly strong work ethic amongst crew members.

    • Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous environments

    • Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of Wilderness land management

    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license, with an ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle

    • Full COVID vaccination status (vaccinated and boosted) 

    Preferred 

    • Familiarity with the use and maintenance of crosscut saw. Field based experience in bucking or felling. (Strongly Preferred)

    • Current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT);

    • Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training;

    • Certification in S-212 (Federal Wildland Chainsaws)

  • Botany Technician: White Bark Pine Monitoring Apprentice

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $17.00 / hour + tips

    Position Overview
    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park
    (LAVO), is hiring one Botany Technician Apprentice to work with ecological restoration projects. The work will
    include tracking and collection of Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis), surveys for invasive plants, restoration of
    disturbed areas, seeding and seed collection, and preparing additional sites for restoration. The applicant
    should be capable of hiking up to six miles daily while carrying a pack weighing up to forty pounds. The
    position is a field position and will get to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most
    sensitive and beautiful areas.


    This is a great opportunity to learn the plants of the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada, as well
    as brush up on plant identification skills using dichotomous keys. There will be opportunities to join other
    resource management crews and gain experience in numerous other tasks. This position is part of an exciting
    partnership between Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and Lassen Volcanic NP to complete a
    variety of important restoration planning and implementation activities in the National Park.
     

    Responsibilities

    • Implementation
      • The incumbent works as team member to assist with the collection of seeds from Whitebark pine trees, conduct a range of botanical surveys, utilize mechanical and non-mechanical control methods for ecological restoration of native plant communities in Lassen Volcanic NP. The position is considered a developmental opportunity and will train the individual in proven and common methods of invasive plant control as well as provide additional training in systematic botany and plant identification.
    • Operations and Safety
      • The work required of the incumbent involves objective hazards to post-fire, alpine, and sub-alpine environments. The incumbent is expected to practice situational awareness, directly addressing and/or raising safety concerns as they arise. Training will be provided to ensure the incumbent’s ability to safely execute job functions. The incumbent will assist in equipment management, including tool repair and maintenance.

    Qualifications
    ● Minimum of a high school diploma; preferred college or community college
    experience; must be 18 to apply;
    ● Demonstrated interest in forest or other natural resource management, this may include but is not
    limited to biological research and survey work, land conservation, wildland fire, etc.;
    ● Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous environments (i.e hike 5+ miles a day with a 30lb pack);
    ● Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel;
    ● Sufficient equipment to perform the work, including sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for a
    range of environments;
    ● Good communication skills to effectively interact with the public and co-workers;
    ● Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of vegetation management, botany, or invasive plant biology;
    ● A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation;
     

    Preferred
    ● Bachelor’s degree
    ● Knowledge of, or familiarity with botany and plant identification in California or other western states;
    ● Any current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT);
    ● Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training;
    ● Interest in, or familiarity with, forested ecosystems of the southern Cascades;

  • Botany Technician: Invasive Plant Management Apprentice

    Community Based Natural Resource Management
    Taylorsville
    $17.00 / hour

    Position Overview
    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, in cooperation with Lassen Volcanic National Park
    (LAVO), is hiring two Botany Technicians to apprentice with and assist the Lassen Volcanic NP Invasive Plant
    Management Lead in all tasks associated with non-native plant control in the park. The work will include
    specific directed control operations, surveys for invasive plants, restoration of disturbed areas, seeding and
    seed collection, and preparing additional sites for restoration. Control will be done using both manual and
    chemical control techniques. This position will include the spraying of herbicide. The applicant should be
    capable of hiking up to six miles daily while carrying a pack weighing up to forty pounds. The position is a
    field position and will get to visit a large area of the park and includes work in some of the most sensitive and
    beautiful areas.


    This is a great opportunity to learn the plants of the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada, as well
    as brush up on plant identification skills using dichotomous keys. There will be opportunities to join other
    resource management crews and gain experience in numerous other tasks. This position is part of an exciting
    partnership between Sierra Institute for Community and Environment and Lassen Volcanic NP to complete a
    variety of important restoration planning and implementation activities in the National Park.

    This position will last a minimum of 16 weeks (with potential to extend), weather and fire
    permitting. Housing in Mineral, CA at the Lassen Volcanic NP headquarters will be offered at a reduced rate.
    Housing includes a room of one’s own and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities in a limited occupancy
    house


    Responsibilities

    • Implementation
      • The incumbent works as team member to safely apply herbicide, utilize mechanical and non-mechanical control methods for a range of invasive plant species to perform fundamental vegetation management tasks to preserve and protect native plant communities. Invasive plant management is essential to all native plant conservation and this project will provide an incredible opportunity for the incumbent to gain critical skills that may lead to future work in national parks throughout the western US. The position is considered a developmental opportunity and will train the individual in proven and common methods of invasive plant control as well as provide additional training in systematic botany and plant identification.
    • Operations and Safety
      • The work required of the incumbent involves objective hazards. The incumbent is expected to practice situational awareness, directly addressing and/or raising safety concerns as they arise. Training will be provided to ensure the incumbent’s ability to safely execute job functions. The incumbent will assist in equipment management, including tool repair and maintenance.

    Qualifications
    ● Minimum of a high school diploma; preferred college or community college experience; must be 18 to apply;
    ● Demonstrated interest in forest or other natural resource management, this may include but is not
    limited to biological research and survey work, land conservation, wildland fire, etc.;
    ● Ability to perform physically taxing work in all weather conditions in rugged mountainous
    environments (i.e hike 5+ miles a day with a 30lb pack);
    ● Knowledgeable and proficient in backcountry travel;
    ● Sufficient equipment to perform the work, including sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for a
    range of environments;
    ● Good communication skills to effectively interact with the public and co-workers;
    ● Interest in, or familiarity with, principles of vegetation management, botany, or invasive plant biology;
    ● A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation;
     

    Preferred
    ● Bachelor’s degree
    ● Knowledge of, or familiarity with botany and plant identification in California or other western states;
    ● Any current wilderness medical training certification (e.g., WFA, WFR, WEMT);
    ● Leave No Trace or other backcountry ethics training;
    ● Interest in, or familiarity with, forested ecosystems of the southern Cascades

How to Apply

To apply to any of our seasonal positions please email your resume and a cover letter to jobs@sierrainstitute.us. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


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