The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS, is recruiting Forestry Crews to perform timber sale-preparation,timber stand improvement, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (see location details below). Selected individuals will serve USFS Region 5’s vegetation management and forestry management efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Projects will vary across Forests and Districts. Members will receive professional development opportunities and benefit from exposure to USFS processes, procedures, compliance measures and reporting, and technical experience.
Forestry Crews will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. Leads 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 will range between 2-6 people. Forestry duties may include timber sale unit boundary delineation and layout (GPSing, flagging, painting), tree species ID, green and salvage timber marking and cruising, timber and biomass plot cruising, collection of stand examination data, and general silviculture data collection. Duties may also include identification of various resource concerns including hydrology, heritage, wildlife and recreation. All procedures will be performed in compliance with complex 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. Prior experience in basic GIS skills, GPS data collection, tree-species identification, timber marking and cruising, identifying hydrologic concerns, recognizing forest entomology/pathology issues, identifying heritage sites, and experience with fire/fuels assessments or related field tasks is highly preferred.
This physically demanding work, often in remote project locations, will provide Forestry Crew Leads with rewarding exposure to some of California’s lesser-known forested landscapes. This work requires extensive hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (5,000 to 9,000 ft.) with heavy packs on a daily basis, possibly during extreme or inclement weather conditions such as heat, smoke, high winds, snow or rain. Positions often require operating 4-wheel drive vehicles in rugged conditions including, mud, snow and high clearance roads. Work schedules, generally four 10-hour days with three days off each week, are subject to change depending on weather and project needs.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Forestry (preferred), natural resource management or related field, with coursework and experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of forestry;
Familiarity or experience with cruising and marking techniques;
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
About Great Basin Institute
We are an environmental non-profit providing professional development to college students and graduates by offering them positions in environmental protection, restoration and conservation.