Location: Taylorsville, CA – with project work within Lassen and Plumas Counties
Season Dates: May to November 2024 (season dependent on weather conditions; start/end dates may be flexible for those with scheduling conflicts)
Compensation: $18-$20/hr (commensurate with experience)
Benefits: paid sick, holiday, and wildfire mitigation leave
Training: tree-species identification, marking methodology, standard cruising methods, forest pathology/ demography, Wilderness First Aid, Basic Chainsaw S-212, and USFS Region 5 timber cruising certification (pending USFS availability)

Full job description available here: https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment (Sierra Institute) is hiring Collaborative Forestry Technicians to perform forestry work necessary to advance critical timber management and restoration treatment on public and private lands. Technicians may work on various projects being advanced by Sierra Institute in collaboration with diverse partners (USFS, NPS, private landowners, etc.). Work will include unit boundary marking, GPSing unit boundaries, marking and cruising timber, and delineating boundaries of hand thinning units. Forestry Technicians will operate under the direction of SI office support staff and with guidance from project partners. Work objectives will be derived from treatment and management goals and will follow prescriptions developed for specific project areas. The Collaborative Forestry Crew will be expected to spend a small portion of their time contributing to empowering the next generation of natural resource stewards through sharing forestry knowledge with Sierra Institute’s highschool youth corps members. Collaborative Forestry Technicians may also assist as necessary with other tasks necessary to advancing collaborative restoration priorities. This is a unique opportunity to advance pivotal collaborative forest and watershed restoration projects that aim to protect rural communities from catastrophic wildfire and restore the unique landscapes of the northern Sierra and southern Cascades.

Tagged as: Conservation, Research/Science and Technical


Progress 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. timber marking, logging, wildland firefighting, botany, wildlife, etc.)

Required Skills:

Familiarity with compasses, topographic maps, and handheld GPS units or tablets to navigate and collect data in the field;
Interest in learning the ecology and natural systems of the Sierra Nevada and utilizing standard forestry field techniques to advance forest restoration projects;
Good physical conditioning to work and walk in the forest all day carrying day-packs with equipment during all types of weather;

Preferred Skills:

Bachelor’s degree, Associates degree, or professional certificate in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecological Restoration or related field(s);
Experience with standard forestry field techniques, timber marking/ cruising;
Experience working as part of a field crew or team, experience with safety management, and experience collecting and managing field data;
Familiarity with mixed conifer forests and the ability to identify common tree species in the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades;

About Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

The Sierra Institute promotes healthy forests, watersheds, and communities by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource management. Our work supports initiatives that simultaneously benefit the environment, economy, and equity within a given landscape. Sierra Institute is located in Taylorsville, CA (population 154), and lies within an area referred to as “Indian Valley” that includes the communities of Greenville and Crescent Mills. Indian Valley offers uniquely rural community events and is surrounded by public lands including Plumas National Forest, Lassen National Forest, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Application Instructions

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as one PDF to [email protected] with “Lead Collaborative Forestry Technician” in the subject line. Please include where you heard about the job in the text of the email (please be as specific as possible). Position is open until filled, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please call 530.284.1022 or email [email protected] if you have questions.