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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 2023 we are offering the following positions:

  • Collaborative Forestry Specialist (Full time)


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

  • Wilderness Trail Crew - Crew Leader/ Members/ Apprentice

  • P-CREW Youth Corps Field Coordinator

  • P-CREW Youth Corps Crew Leaders

  • P-CREW Youth Corps Members

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

  • Botany Technician Apprentices

  • Wildlife Technician Apprentice

  • Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW

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

    Youth Corps Crew Leader - P-CREW

    Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in the Watershed



    • 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 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
    ● Plan, organize, and facilitate team building activities and educational lessons with the aid of a pre-developed
    ● Practice routine safety meetings with crew members including evening debriefs, vehicle checks and tool
    ● Conduct personal check-ins and evaluations of crew members to foster personal and professional development
    of youth.
    ● Administer first aid and keep detailed records.

    ● 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

  • Collaborative Forestry Specialist

    $50,000.00 - $55,000.00 / year

    The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a full-time Collaborative Forestry Specialist to support the organization’s work to improve forest health through appropriate forest management, primarily through the coordination of forest stewardship and restoration projects. Our work ranges from project development through environmental analysis to implementation. Work will include developing and implementing silvicultural treatments, conducting environmental analysis work, and managing forestry projects. Primary responsibilities are the management of ongoing forest restoration projects on Federal lands. In part, this will entail facilitating innovative uses of existing tools and authorities to advance landscape-scale restoration in the region. The Forestry Specialist is also responsible for developing additional in-house capacity for applied land management activities in the region, as well as building inter-organizational capacity within the South Lassen Watersheds Group. The position requires an individual capable of handling a dynamic set of responsibilities with diverse skill sets required to move projects from the conceptual phase through implementation. We anticipate a start date in December 2022.

    Read full proposition announcement online at:

How to Apply

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

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