Salmon Valley Stewardship (SVS) is seeking a highly motivated individual to leverage local resources, enhance efficiencies of partners, and amplify forest restoration collaboration working to achieve forest/watershed health, provide jobs, restore native plant communities, and invest in resilient landscapes in the Salmon River Region of Central Idaho.
Classification: Full Time, Exempt; (35-40 hours/week) – 2 year funded position with potential to grow the position
Salary: $19 – 21 hourly, Dependent on experience
Location: Salmon, Idaho
Start dates: mid-November/December 2022
The Reforestation Partnership Coordinator will serve in a coordinator/liaison role to establish respectful working relationships and coordinate with various community partners, individuals, and Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) staff. The coordinator will additionally build a local workforce with inventory and monitoring skills, determine reforestation stewardship priorities, and grow the reforestation program.
● Plan and coordinate reforestation activities to assist the SCNF with a phased programmatic approach to achieve reforestation plan objectives.
● Provide broader work experience and job skill building opportunities that sustains a stewardship workforce.
● Conduct research to identify gaps, existing skills, and skills needed to further effectively grow a coordinated and effective local reforestation workforce.
● Continue to leverage federal and non-federal sources of funding for program sustainability by assisting with grant-seeking and writing, fundraising events, and when funds are acquired, by assisting with reporting requirements.
● Provide consistent and timely program outreach and public relations support to SVS, including press releases, social media communication, newsletter contributions, and outreach materials.
● Evaluate and build out the partnership program.
● Coordinate timber surveys and monitoring that provides essential information needed for the SCNF to achieve implementation of reforestation and forest health objectives. This includes, but is not limited to:
o Stand exam surveys for possible timber harvest.
o Vegetation and regeneration surveys that provide data for the USFS to develop planting and thinning plans in past forest fire complex areas.
o Surveys to assess whitebark pine status.
o Post broadcast burning monitoring surveys to ensure burning activities have followed the silviculture prescription.
o Cone collection surveys to identify, flag, GPS, map and record information for annual cone collection of desired tree species for Silviculture program seed inventory needs.
o Coordinate tree seedling planting, vegetation restoration, and invasive weed mitigation with the SCNF and partners.
● Provide field trainings for skill building within a local workforce that include survey and monitoring techniques, technology technical skills, communication and field safety.
● Manage field crews (4-6 people)
● Experience or Education in forestry, ecology/environmental science, particularly with an understanding of Rocky Mountain forests, and/or similar program management.
● Experience managing projects, including reports, budgets, and monitoring outcomes.
● Ability and desire to work with forest restoration partners including government officials, NGO partners, citizens, and landowners.
● Confidence and experience with community outreach, communicating with the public both in writing and verbally.
● Possess skills suitable for grant-writing, including attention to detail, grammatical accuracy, creative/and or technical writing skills.
● Understanding of risk management and willingness to train in outdoor first responder/first aid/CPR.
● Ability to collect and report monitoring data through detailed notes and use of tablets/GPS, storing and organizing data using common and technical software.
● Knowledge of GIS and creating maps, use of AGOL, Fieldmaps, Survey 123, Collector, Avenza, Garmin, ArcMap.
● Proficiency in Word, Excel, Web Browsers, Google drive and/or Office 365
● Experience/Education in systematic botany or related plant identification courses.
● Knowledge of common forestry practices and timber types to perform stand exams competently.
● A safe driving record and high comfort level operating a 4-wheel-drive vehicle on rough roads. Experience driving utvs and pulling trailers.
● A high level of physical fitness (ability to hike up to 10 miles with a light pack).
About Salmon Valley Stewardship
Salmon Valley Stewardship works to promote a sustainable economy and productive working landscapes in the Salmon River region of Central Idaho. Our vision is a community where stewardship of the natural resources is at the core of the social, economic and ecological vitality of the region.