The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the USFS is recruiting Forestry Crew Members to perform timber sale-preparation, vegetation management and restoration projects within the Sierra Nevada mountain range (Region 5 USFS locations). Selected Technicians will gain numerous professional development opportunities, including an expanded professional network as they work directly with agency staff. Crew members will benefit from exposure to USFS processes, procedures, compliance measures and reporting, and technical experience. These experiences will promote the development of successful careers for the next generation of Natural Resource Land Managers. Expanded opportunities to additional disciplines (ex. archeology, wildlife, hydrology, etc.) and projects may exist. All projects will work to serve Region 5’s vegetation management and fuels reduction efforts, supporting initiatives for healthy, productive, and resilient forest landscapes and resources. Projects will vary across Forests and Districts, 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.
Forestry Crew Members will perform a wide variety of activities to support all stages of project work. 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, 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 preferred.
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.